Longrow 1973 RWD

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Natural Strength
Bottled for
Italy Italy
Added on
04 oct 2009 6:20 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 8366.64

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Whisky reviews for Longrow 1973 RWD

9 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.87 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Drank in f2f with the 1973 Samaroli at 48%. It is here much less melted, more expressive, but also less noble.
    The nose has a small solvent type aggressiveness which makes it lose a small point.
    • Nose
      92 92
      First nose on herbaceous peat. Hay, dry grass.
      Then we evolve on the spices. Clove, pepper, very light turmeric.
      A little medicinal solvent, camphor, antiseptic.
      Dried oranges, zest, lemons. We have a nice dose of dry citrus.
      A tiny bit of green wood.

      It's much more "intense" than the Longrow 1973 Samaroli at 48%.
    • Taste
      95 95
      In the mouth, there is a lot more fruit. They are oily, runny. Lemon, orange, mango, passion, papaya, pineapple. An exotic parade that I did not expect.
      Light oak, pepper, almost a bit of potpourri.
      Lots of minerality, with aspirin, chalk, some rainwater.
      A nice salty side too, a nice dose of spray.

      The peat is really set back at the start, but as it goes, it points the tip of its nose. Greasy, cold ash, a bit of barbecue.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long finish on soothing peat, cold ash, damp earth, spray, citrus zest, liquorice, camphor.

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  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Intense, complex, amazing smoky notes, quite austere and coastal on the nose, more fruity and balanced on the palate, long and spicy finish - fantastic!

    Also compared h2h with the 1973 Samaroli 48%: This one is a bit rougher and and less polished than the 48% but with more punch - really close for me.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, seabreeze, seaweed, kippery, brine, iodine, little smoky, peaty, cigase tobacco, ashes, soot, citrus, lemon, lime zest, hints of green apple and pear, little pineapple, hints of solvent indeed, wet hay, spices, herbs - excellent!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, oily, creamy, good sweetness, hints of custard, pineapple, cantaloup, quite some peat and little smoke, salty, little kippery, lemons, orange zest, little honey, spices, herbs, hints of oak wood - superb!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, still fruity, honey, smoky, little woody, spicy, zesty, going a bit into grapefruits - no water needed - great!

  4. vlad78 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    I drink this whisky once. At Bruce Bar, when the owner gave me a drink. Perhaps the shadow of Silvano Samaroli hovered over me and made some misjudgment.
    Nose. First the smoke hits the nose, then the aromas of lemon and lemon pie, yellow Apple, a little sprinkled with cocoa float up. A little glue.
    Taste of salted caramel. It is even difficult to determine what is more: salty or sweet tones. However, they do not interrupt each other and do not interfere, but complement. The aftertaste is sweet and it feels like the mouth itself produces salt, which fills the space.
    • Nose
      94 94
      First the smoke hits the nose, then the aromas of lemon and lemon pie, yellow Apple, a little sprinkled with cocoa float up. A little glue.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Taste of salted caramel. It is even difficult to determine what is more: salty or sweet tones. However, they do not interrupt each other and do not interfere, but complement.
    • Finish
      94 94
      So, it’s sweet and it feels like the mouth itself produces salt, which fills the space.

  5. ded scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Simply magnificent!

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Heavyweight peat smackdown No 2, Islay v Highlands v Campletown (Longrow)


    Longrow 14 year, palate and particularly the finish are monstrous for only 46%
    A stellar whisky

    Ardbeg 72 DL, superb nose, palate just a little behind but overall Longrow is better

    Ardbeg 1965, disappointing all round

    Bowmore, not bad but expected more, blind I would have said it was a heavy sherried Speyside dram.

    Longrow 73 RWD, nice enough but too bitter for me

    Caol Ila 69 , really nice, just lacking a little in complexity
    Glen Garioch 1975 SA, Brutal but brilliant

    Brora 72, Brutal but brilliant also

    As things were so evenly matched after the Brora I had to try the Geerie again and I actually think is shaded the Brora on taste but I also tried the Longrow 14 again and for 46% it is awesome and on a par with either the Geerie or Brora.
    The Geerie, Longrow 14, Brora, Ardbeg 72 & Caol Ila were all quality, the Bowmore was fine but far from impressive and the Longrow 73 RWD & Ardbeg 1965 were very disappointing compared to their high average scores

    1 = Glen Garioch
    1 = Longrow 14 year
    2 – Brora 1972 RM
    3 – Ardbeg 1972 DL
    4 – Caol Ila 1969
    5 – Bowmore 1971 Ses
    6 – Longrow 1973 RWD
    7- Ardbeg 1965 Cadenhead

    I think I need to re try the Brora 72, Glen Garioch 75 and Longrow 14 H2H again, in truth my palate is a little smashed after this level of peat

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I have tried the 74 Samaroli Longrow WB ID 10911and it was outstanding, so my anticipation was high for this one.
    Not a patch on the 74 or the 14 year Longrow WB ID 13186 sadly but still good quality.
    I am sensitive to bitterness and there was too much on show for me which is why my score is lower than most
    • Nose
      90 90
      A light fruit nose at first, but them a load of lemon and peat come through so at the moment to me this is more like and Islay than a Longrow.
      This one is not a dirty, farmy, earthy heavyweight Longrow (the best sort) more a crisp clean dancing middleweight.

      Warm biscuit, grapefruit and only after 10 minutes or so , some mineral notes come out with more peat, what is important is that the nose improves with time.
    • Taste
      88 88
      More peat than the nose hinted at, it is massive, almost brutal and a little bitter, there is also quite a lot of bitterness in fact which detracts for me.
      Lots of grapefruit, hint of lime, lemon and some salt emerges which seems to grow
    • Finish
      86 86
      Quite long, the peat just keeps going but so does the bitterness, the oak is shouting now

  8. ScoutGott did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Bottle Number 913 saled empty at ebay.

  9. Malinois scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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)

  11. 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.


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