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Overall rating
93.95/100
votes
43
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
Added on
04 Oct 2009 6:20 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 16864.26

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43 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 1973 RWD

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.95 points

  1. 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

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/13186/longrow-14-year-old
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    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/7690/ardbeg-1965-ca
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/66937/bowmore-1971-ses
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10905/longrow-1973-rwd
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11880/caol-ila-1969-gm
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/43054/glen-garioch-1975-sa
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9531/brora-1972

    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

    Result
    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

  5. ScoutGott did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Bottle Number 913 saled empty at ebay.

  6. Malinois scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

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