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Longrow 1973 RWD

Overall rating
94.15/100
votes
42
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Vintage
1973
Bottled
1985
Number of bottles
960
Strength
53.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Samaroli
Market
it Italy
Added on
04 Oct 2009 6:11 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 16864,26

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42 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 1973 RWD

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.15 points

  1. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting note by Serge Valentin

    Longrow 1973/1985 (53%, Samaroli, picture of distillery label) Five stars 1973 is the first vintage when Springbank reused the brand name for their peated, double-distilled malt whisky (remember Springbank is 2.5 times distilled). They’ve also been using Longrow’s old warehouses for quite some time. I adored the official 1973s, especially the one that was bottled around 1990, with the ‘small cap label’ (WF94). Colour: straw. Nose: starts all on these very typical half-medicinal, half-mineral notes that are to be found in these old Longrows – as well as in the 1987s. A lot of gunpowder (but not quite sulphur as such), artichokes, bitter oranges, antiseptic, hints of new plastic pouch, wet gravel, putty, wet earth, seaweed, rusted iron, bandages, paraffin, horse dung, manure… Very unusual, very ‘Longrow’ and quite extreme. With water: it’s its farmy side that further comes out, together with some camphor and mint. Beautiful. Mouth (neat): just the first second is a tad wobbly or shaky (because of these slightly plastic-like or chemical notes that are really unusual) but then it’s all a wonderful development, mildly peaty, fantastically earthy, with these slightly rotten notes that are so fantastically nicer than they sound (I guess I’ll have to find another word next time). Bitter oranges, game (a lot), kippers, lime, beeswax, cinchona, ginger tonic, artichoke liqueur (do you know Cynar?), Jaegermeister, salted liquorice… What a beast! Good medium power, easily drinkable without water but still, let’s check what happens. With water: the peat stands out and it's beautiful. It’s got something of an old style Caol Ila at this stage. Finish: long, saltier, peaty, clean, with touches of Cynar and earth back in the aftertaste. Comments: this make is monstrously unusual. It’s probably a tad more, say ‘unorthodox’ than the old official 1973s but superb it is. SGP:374 - 92 points. 

    (with thanks to Max, Franco, Luc and Bert)

  2. Bendrachm did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Eye: Green tea. A little misty. Greenish fringe, but may’ve been the LED lighting in the room. Nose: Wow... Imagine a tiny Michelangelo mistaking your nasal cavity for the Sistine chapel. Impressively bright colors. Expands throughout your whole palate. Fresh beeswax candle smoke. Typical cantaloupe esthers. Heavily fruity, lemon barley sugar. Then subtly peat moss. Hemp almost. Burnt orange peel. Briny fennel in the back. This bottle had been open for over a year, but Longrows usually seem to oxidate well. I tried to let it open more in the glass, but the nose actually diminishes after a few minutes. Mouth: Pretty much all of the above. Waxy, chewy, round. Honeyed finish. Similar to the standard 14 yo, albeit obviously stronger and with higher fidelity. Thicker, oily viscosity, too. A great balance between decadence and earthiness. Gorgeous whisky experience.

  3. Malinois scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasted 2cl at The Whisky Fair 21/04/18

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