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Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.27/100
votes
85
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
60% Sherry & 40% Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
4800
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
18/141
Barcode
610854657000
Added on
06 May 2018 9:30 am by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 121,10

29 × in wishlist

85 × member ratings

235 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.27 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The rum influence is very clearly present, whereas the initial version with the same label from 2014 (ID 55725) had a prominent sherry mark. I have a slight preference for the 2014 version, but they're not far apart score-wise. They are in taste though, very different whiskies even though the label is the same.
    • Nose
      Apples drained in rum, about to go into pancake batter. Orange candy and peat.
    • Taste
      Orange, peat, peach, gingerbread, dark chocolate, leather and apple.
    • Finish
      Ashy peat, apple and dark chocolate.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    With his 18 years, no smoke monster more, looks solid and noble. The departure should have been a bit longer.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fine smoke, salt and seaweed. Smoked ham. Honey, vanilla, red berry fruits. The sea flavors and the ham notes stay in the nose for a long time. Mineral. Something moist clay soil. Leather. Dark chocolate, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, almost creamy. Almond cream, dark chocolate, toffee, light smoky note. Seaweed. Blackberries, red grapes. Bread dough, malt beer, honey and vanilla. All flavors very closely interwoven.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length with toffee, vanilla, honey, oak chips and still slightly smoky notes.

  3. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Rum detracts from the peat notes. I miss the old Longrows from 2013 and earlier with more peat. I think there must have been larger casks being used and less sweet wood (sherry, rum etc). Either that, or the distillery used to have a slightly higher phenolic content. Not sure which. Take me back to the good old days. I want more peat in my 18's once more. This said, the rum needn't detract. In this case, the wood was just too saturated or perhaps it was the type of rum wood used.

    Can you imagine a Springbank or Longrow aged in a Bellevue cask? I'm not opposed to rum. I have plenty in my collection still but they are "scotch lovers" rums, such as the dark, complex kill devils.

    If it must use the rum wood, then I think Springbank (for the Longrow 18) might splurge with some more interesting rum casks, such as what Glen Scotia used recently for its festival release. Finishing for a year would do that, rather than sitting so long in the sweet wood. But I know that finishing is not done so much for the 18. Rather, it's sweet casks vatted with the other refills and bourbons.

    Ah well. It's only an OB, after all. For 18 OB's the Longrows are far better than most distillery releases, aside from a very few years when the sulfur is overpowering, which is rare. I like the previous 2017 release a bit better, aside from that one off note cask with a case of "sulfuritis."

    Without the slight sulfur influence, the 2017 Longrow OB would have been really really strong. I almost never like sulfur. I feel it is a flaw and not a strength no matter how much is marketed to the contrary. I can't think of any distilleries that leave sulfuring agents in the wood for the purpose of imparting that scent/flavor. We should call a spade for a spade.

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fine peat, golden wheat, a hint of pepper. The style is powerful, robust and austere. The peat is more supported with the opening with a profile of soot but also ash. There are bitter, burnt notes. Some blackberries to decorate.
    • Taste
      Peat and pepper, but sweet texture. Simple and straight.
    • Finish
      Large development of spices, with this pepper in hyphen. Impression of maturity.

      Enthusiasm:
      Nose & Finale 4/5
      Mouth 3/5

      Whisky n ° 2087

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Some rubber up front, along with a dirty diesel / exhaust fume note. Tar, grease, old leather... Then sweet notes: caramel, cola and "Big Red" cinnamon chewing gum. Indistinct, sweet fruitiness (perhaps red berries). Does not nose as musty as some other 18-year old smokers (Laphroaig comes to mind), and it's also less smoky than, say, the 18-and-up Caol Ilas. The emphasis is less on pure phenolics than on sherry tones and sweetness - akin perhaps to recent Uigedails in that respect. A rather modern nose, but with good depth.
    • Taste
      Chewy, juicy, sweet, with some nice residual citrus zing from the Bourbon casks. Earthy and leathery but also somewhat confectionary, with a sense of artificial sweets (red liquorice, gummy bears). It's good, but not 100 € good, and somehow I find this less impressive than the 2016 version, which had been partly matured in rum casks. That one was more buttery and balanced; here I find that some less-than-stellar sherry casks have been involved.
    • Finish
      Long, obviously, and still very fresh and juicy. The oak really plays a subordinate role, with the peat and first-fill aspects taking center stage.

  6. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Wolv scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Opeth83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

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