Longrow 1974 Sa

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Samaroli (Sa)
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
56.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Italy Italy
Added on
04 oct 2009 7:43 pm

Average value

€ 3723.05

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Whisky reviews for Longrow 1974 Sa

6 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.10 points.

  1. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sensational, extremely complex, maybe more Springbank than Longrow. The finish has some cardboardy notes that deducted a few points from me.
    • Nose
      Fresh grapes, old and dignified, robust smoke, very complex, candies and fresh butter. This is less tropical and fruity compared to the 73s, but it is extremely complex that makes you sniff for hours.
    • Taste
      Very complex, candied orange and lime, well balanced, the extra alcohol brought fuller bodies.
    • Finish
      Medium, some cardboardy notes.

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Candied fruits, tropical notes, farmy peat, amazing complexity and neverending finish, best Longrow I have had

  4. DrunkDude scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The overall style is 74, but the taste expression is not mature enough, too abrupt and sharp. Even after 30 years of bottling, I still feel a bit regretful. At the same time, this bottle of wine is different from the previous Springbank 100pf level. Thousands of miles. scbp-6681
    • Nose
      92 92
      After entering the cup, there is some oil, fleshy fat, a little red Fuji, a little green mango and a little creamy feeling. After the cup wakes up, it can give a lot of clear raw/ripe mangoes. It is about mixed with some ripe oranges and green apple peels. The smell is a proper 70-year style. simple. 92
    • Taste
      90 90
      Take a sip first, sour lemon, very concentrated green apple mint, mango juice, bitter citrus peel, black pepper, there is a faint smoky feeling in the background, and the whole has a faint vegetable smell. The wine has a thick body, medium-to-medium alcohol irritation, average encapsulation, medium flavor level, citrus peel is slightly bitter, and alcohol irritation is slightly too strong, slightly rubbery, the flavor expression in the latter part is slightly too jerky, but the front-end flavor is very amazing , This is the only reason why the taste can reach 90. 90
    • Finish
      88 88
      It is a pity that the abrupt bitterness in the middle and rear ends of the mouthfeel continued. On this basis, the ash, mint, woody tannins, bitter fresh citrus peel, and finally turned into licorice candy without a bitter base, with a long aftertaste. 88

  5. penumbra scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The flavor is not as amazing as the fat. The Genting feeling interpreted by Samaroli still accounts for the cheapness of alcohol. If OB could be bottled by barrels, more wineries would understand it, then there is no one to kill. Knowable.
    Once upon a time, 8yo was the core product for Scottish wineries, and 18yo was for senior wines. With the aging and inflation, more and more drinkers began to chase 30+ and 40+ bottlings. Whether the winery can still produce 70s distilled orders To evaluate the potential of the barrel, we embarked on the path of judging the value of the bottle based on the age. Yes, I have to admit that Glenglassaugh 41, Ledaig 42, Brora 40 are true jewels, but time may not always be a generous gift. For me, there are also plenty of people between 12~21yo.
    • Nose
      Plump and rich butter, molasses, milk powder and a small amount of coconut milk soft drink, the sweetness is remarkable and accompanied by spring white flowers (magnolia, locust tree, chamomile), it can be said that the aroma of the bottom plate is very firm. The fruity flavor is similar to the OB in 74, but the proportion of this wine is not so high. Fresh apples, grapes, iconic citrus fruits and a small amount of pineapple and jackfruit. After waking up a little, the marine flavors begin to appear, fresh fragrance, low saltiness, marble, fennel, ancient yellow sugar, cold mountain spring. The peat ppm is medium, slightly sweet, shredded tobacco, licorice, mist, furnace ash, reminiscent of creamy smoke.
    • Taste
      Grease is satisfied! Spicy charcoal grilled with lime, absinthe, sea salt, and a small amount of coconut milk and cheese. The sourness has almost faded but is not very sweet fruit, custard apple, lotus mist, green apple, and it feels full of stone cells. Salt and pepper ginkgo, hazelnuts, 40% to 60% chocolate, you can fully feel the fullness of 56% alcohol.
      Strong, very good fat, average sweetness, no acid, no astringency, almost no bitterness (brought by salt), no spicy feeling.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, peat, black pepper and salt, cheese, fruit acid, very few nuts.

  6. MaltMartin scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Legendary vintage Longrow from a legendary bottler.
    • Nose
      The nose starts quite floral with hints of cut grass and apple-mint. But there's more: chamomile, fennel, fruit (citrus and tropical fruit salad), soot and walnuts. Mineral notes of wet stones and chalk. Barley sugar as well. Whiff of smoke at the background. Old style, quite mellow but very pleasant.
    • Taste
      Now the bitter-sweet earthy peat comes at the forefront. Classic Longrow with citrus fruit of lemon and lime. Peel-zest and orange-rid intermingled with chewy kippery notes of dried shellfish and smoked mussels. Brylcreem.
    • Finish
      Long, with lots of menthol, thyme and cough syrup. Liquorice and a little ginger. Becomes salty at the end. Multi-layered whisky with lots of complexity.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Ok after giving this a massive score baring in mind it is the best vintage wink  

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/37257/glenlivet-1967 (98) 

    I need to put it H2H against other whiskies I have rated highly 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9189/tormore-1966-sa (97)  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38818/glenfiddich-1956-it (96)  

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10911/longrow-1974-sa (96) 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11867/karuizawa-1967 (95) 

    This is a scoring re-evaluation for me to see if I am scoring correctly, a reset if you like.  Only got time to try neat so here goes, the Glenfiddich 1st as it is the most delicate from memory  

    Glenfiddich it - Fantastic nose but not as complex on the palate as I remember, still lovely?  

    Tormore sa- A young sherry fizz bomb, as its younger there is more fruit, majestic, old glendronach/Glenglassaugh 1st fill cannot hold a candle to this and their high scores appear bogus in comparison.  

    Karuizawa 67 - Good but like Glendronach aged stuff not in the same league but this is better than any Gledronach IMHO (I use Glendronach merely to illustrate a highly regarded aged sherry monster), well its at least on par anyway. Good stuff more bubblegum notes this time. 

    Longrow sa - What a nose this has, one of the best, awesome overall, cannot fault this in any way, perfect but my palate has been smashed by this one.   Will need a break for the Glenlivet  so far 

    NOSE   1 - Glenfiddich  2 - Longrow  3 - Tormore  4 - Karuizawa 

    PALATE  1 - Longrow  2 - Tormore  2 - Glenfiddich (equal)  4 - Karuizawa 

    At the moment the Glenfiddich and Karuizawa are dropping a point as does the Tormore but the Longrow goes up a point., saying that the nose on the Glenfiddich is at 99p  so where does this Glenlivet fit in?  OMG, yes it is still 97p verging on 98, cannot decide but it is a work of art, you know what  I cannot really split the Glenlivet and the longrow but I will give the Glenlivet the nod by a whisker. 

    Holy Cow, what a surprise. 


    after much deliberation I left the KZ at 95 and the Glenfiddich at 96 as the nose on this is the best out of anyhing I can remember, its a 98 nose at least maybe 99 on sweet coffee.  The Tormore drops a point almost 2 but its only a single point in front of the KZ. The Longrow goes up a point and well deserved and the Glenlivet stays on top at 98, for now anyway, next week I might think differently remember this H2H is just a snapshot in time.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Out of a H2H tonight this was the result. 

    Longrow 1974 56% bottled 1987 Samaroli   

    Glen Garioch 1971 Full proof 59.6% Samaroli    

    Ledaig 1973 14 year 56.3% Sestante Castle Label   

    Brora 4th Annual Release 1975 30 year 56.3% OB   

    Lagavulin 1976 37 year 51% OB   

    Port Ellen 10th Annual Release 1978 31 year 54.6% OB   

    Laphroaig 1967 27 year cask 2957 50.1% Signatory dumpy   

    Caol Ila 15 year Manager`s Dram sherry 63% OB   

    Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2390 LMDW 53.1% OB  

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A high 96 points (If I think its as good a second time I will award it 97)

    Angels made this whisky, they must have.

    Whatever the price this goes for at auction, it will be worth it, whisky of this quality is a rare.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      96 96

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Superb, there is nothing else to say.
    • Nose
      Oh yes, that is peat and fruit just how I like it :) There is a basket of fruit here, apple, plum, faint pineapple, mango its all there.

      A beautiful peat and I mean beautiful, not sharp and crisp like some of the best Caol Ila Signatory but a full bodied creamy peat.If the palate matches the nose this will be the best whisky I have tasted perhaps?
    • Taste
      Lordy, it does :) This is so fruity and peaty and so well balanced I am struggling to describe it, fantastic. The peat is very creamy and perfect weight and mixes with a ton of white fruit, restrained power for sure.
    • Finish
      Long elegant and refined, still nicely sweet but far from oversweet


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