Longrow 18 Year Old (2014)

You all know Longrow is the double distilled, peated single malt from Springbank distillery. It’s been a while since I tried the 2011 edition, so let’s try the latest version.

Longrow 18 YearsLongrow 18 yo

(46%, OB 2014)

Nose: dry cigar ashes, with hints of flax and wet limestone. Some fruity notes (apples, maybe papaya) but they are a bit hidden behind a greasy / oily layer. A hint of vanilla. Tobacco leaves. Some wet earth too. Mouth: sweeter and more syrupy than expected, with stewed apples, plums and a hint of vanilla custard. Walnut cake. An uncommon combination with the mineral notes and kippers, but it works well. Peppery notes, a light meaty touch and deep soot underneath. Fades on waxy notes. Finish: long, peaty and ashy, with a leathery dryness but sweet berries as well.

Longrow 18yo is still a unique whisky, a combination of oldskool austerity and attractive rounder notes. Very interesting, limited but still available. Around € 125.

Score: 90/100

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