Longrow 11-year-old

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Single Malt
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Bottling serie
Stated Age
11 years old
9 years Bourbon & 2 years Cabernet Franc
Number of bottles
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
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Added on
29 Dec 2017 2:50 pm by tony087
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 214.57

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Whisky Reviews for Longrow 11-year-old

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.17 points

  1. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    He is almost unusually harmonious for a Red. I like him very much! Also because he is a longrow, which comes in many places more like a spring bank.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke with redcurrants, maritime and slightly wet warehouse floor, wet spicy tobacco, some tin buckets, burnt raspberries, I stand in an oily workshop and eat a burnt raspberry / strawberry cake
    • Taste
      Mineral smoke, strong onset with peppery mouthfeel, nice pounding, the red fruits take over more and more, the feeling is creamy, then the oak spice presses, in the end everything plays together nicely
    • Finish
      Peated red fruit, red fruit smoke, also here a nice harmony of smoke, red fruits and oak spice

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.

    The colour is amontillad and the texture shows many small tears with slow legs.  The nose offers balanced peaty-malty-winey profile that is not the most complex but for sure great to nose.  I like it best out of all the drams we tasted tonight.  The spirit arrives warming and nicely coating in the mouth with minor peppery moments (that are not distracting at all).  The taste is rich and balanced and one to chew for minutes.  The finish is rather long and adds more spices and a slight dryness to the impressions, not too bad!  The malty flavours grow stronger to longer you chew the dram what provides a nice transition from the winey-sweet to the barley sugary sweet flavours while the peaty notes stay in balance.  Water releases more aromas in the nose and on the palate, actually I like it best when reduced to about 46% abv.

    I liked the very first edition of the Longrow Red very much and it seems as if Springbank could keep this high quality consistent over the years.  A great dram both to sip-enjoy and to explore...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Powerful, sweet clouds of smoke slowly waft out of the glass. The smoke reminds me with its slight greasiness to a smokehouse. In the first few minutes, the high alcohol content (55.9%) is noticeable with a slight stinging / cooling in the nose, but it dissipates after a while. With a few drops of water, the nose is more harmonious. Behind the strong smoke are many more flavors. Lots of sweet, red fruits (especially strawberries & raspberries) and a few wild berries, freshly cut apples, blood oranges, vanilla, salty caramel sweets, marzipan, roasted almonds and subtle hints of oak wood I perceive.
    • Taste
      Violent, strongly sweet-smoky onset with a passionate dose of freshly ground pepper. The strong Pfeffrigkeit almost flows into a "talisker-typical" chilli-catch and spreads like a slightly numbing veil in the mouth at short notice. The texture of Longrow is pleasantly oily. With a few drops of water, the Longrow is tamed a bit and the mouthfeel becomes silky soft. The sweet fruit flavors are now gaining more and more strength and refine the taste experience with beautiful vanilla notes and salty caramel. Strawberries and raspberries take over the sweet part, while blackcurrants and grapefruits make for a slightly sourish bite. Hints of honey, milk chocolate and oak round out the multi-layered impression.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweetish-smoky and peppery. Freshly ground pepper prances again briefly on the tip of the tongue and causes a slight tingle. The red fruits, which remain pleasantly sweet and slowly fade away, also dominate on the home straight. Caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted almonds and spicy oak follow. Finally, the greasy smoke builds up with dirty notes and salt again powerful and ensures a round finish.

  4. Hobbit scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, this filling of the Red series continues for me the negative trend of the series. I found the first 4 Reds very successful, with the Pinot Noir it was easy, with the Malbec clearly, and here at Cabernet Franc also downhill. You do not like the used Fassarten of the respective bottlings, but you can. What bothers me about this bottling is not the wine, it's the style. The quality of the finishes. I found in the first of the series (especially the port), that the maturing / finish interweave with the character and smoke of the Longrow and create a coherent overall picture to give the malt that extra something, so this is also this year Red (2018) no longer the case. The finish is separately next to the Longrow. It looks set and not harmonious. Or to put it another way: In my first speech, the motto was "1 + 1 = 3" in the first Reds, now rather "1 + 1 = 2" remains.

  5. Wellington1815 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Good for a red wine smoker, but I stick to the fact that red wine and smoke are never a great experience.
    • Nose
      87 87
      delicate smoke, sweet, berry (cassis, currants, wild berries, strawberries, raspberries), spicy, delicate oak aromas
    • Taste
      87 87
      strong, oak fits well, nice campfire smoke, red berry basket also in the mouth (currants, strawberries, raspberries), sweet
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length, oak and smoke dominate, delicate fruit remains, refreshing

  6. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This one is the least red in color and the best for it. I find it somewhat humorous how some rate the reddest reds highest. For me, that's like rating the highest PMM peated whiskies the highest. There is no correlation between being REALLY sweet or REALLY peaty and being REALLY GOOD, ha. The best bottles are always toned down a bit from these two extremes, thus allowing a greater complexity to be smelled, tasted and appreciated. Subtle notes often win the day in my estimation. The same goes for humans. Extreme humans almost invariably the least pleasant to be around . . . or if they are fun at first, the charm wears thin quickly. I find this to be especially true when it comes to girlfriends and spouses, whether they are mine or someone else's [raise eyebrow now].

  7. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    very nice surprise this one. amazing nose and really tasty! hides the abv extremely well, some sweet peat nice and a little complex, very civilised compared to the usual islay hits.

    this is a sample courtesy of Roy @aqvavitae Big Thank You Roy!

    would love to try a bottle to dig a little deeper but this first impression is very nice indeed!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    87/88. The 'Red' stamp is less applicable to this one than all the previous bottlings, both in colour and in profile. A very different one in the range. Much softer and cleaner than the very first Cabernet Sauvignon version, a more 'modern' finish. In fact it's much closer to last year's malbec cask.
    • Nose
      Peach, peat, bramble, vanilla, toffee, papaya and pastry.
    • Taste
      Peat, toffee, mango, bramble and a vegetal mark.
    • Finish
      Peat, caramel and peach.

  9. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The finish should have been able to turn out a bit longer, but otherwise: but, has its qualities, especially in the nose and at the beginning on the tongue.
    • Nose
      Fat and greasy smoke, a ham fresh from the smokehouse. The smoke is initially very engaging, only slowly opens the whisky and releases more aromas. Fruity sweetness then comes from the background, juicy raspberries and currants. With time come seasoning and salt, to leather and damp forest floor. As dominant as the smoke was at the beginning, after a few minutes it can only be perceived as an idea.
    • Taste
      Strong start with licorice and fruit, almost like these Haribo Gummidinger, where both (licorice and fruit) is off. The sweetness of grapes, raspberries and blackberries pearls over the tongue and has a lot of salt in the tow. A back and forth between fruit on the one hand and salt + seasoning (Maggi?) On the other hand. Pleasantly dry and smoky without smoldering with smoke.
    • Finish
      Not that long, too bad. The fruit sweetness remains until the end, in addition to eucalyptus and peppermint, which has a cooling effect.

  10. bert61nl did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From the distillery:This Longrow Red Cabernet Franc from De Toren Private Cellar in Stellenbosch, South Africa is the follow up from the previous Malbec release from the same winery. It will be bottled at cask strength having spent an initial nine years in bourbon barrels before a final two in Cabernet Franc barriques.


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