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Longrow 11-year-old

Overall rating
87.06/100
votes
215
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Red
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
9 years Bourbon & 2 years Cabernet Franc
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
55.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
18/040
Barcode
610854003166
Added on
29 Dec 2017 2:43 pm by tony087
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 96.36

62 × in wishlist

215 × member ratings

803 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 11-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.06 points

  1. schero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    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

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. bert61nl did not rate this whisky Specialist

    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.

  9. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      first a full load of sweet red wine, later spicy smoke. A mix of tantalizing caramel pudding and a subtle Springbank style.
    • Taste
      sharp, fiery
    • Finish
      Earth, nut, red berries, chili

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    nice dram - but definitely too expensive
    • Nose
      86 86
      oily - syrupy, sweet, very fatty and sticky on the nose, fresh woody aromas, herbs,
    • Taste
      85 85
      Salt, seaweed, strawberry jam, tasty and full-bodied fruity - it comes straight through the distillate - the finish is only moderately well interwoven, cowshed, I also find a slight touch of metal and some bitterness
    • Finish
      85 85
      Ginger, pepper, citrus, a residue of wine finish still seems through,

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