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Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.94/100
votes
178
Whiskybase ID
WB111830
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
23.03.2018
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

€ 127.81

37 × in wishlist

178 × member ratings

414 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.94 points

  1. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Longrow 18 2018,

    My story with Longrow started with you. Naive as I am, I trusted the labels announcing that you were the heavily peated version of Springbank.
    Does this mean that Springbank has no peat at all and that Hazelburn contains negative rates?
    You are also smoked as one of these ashtrays present on school buses when I was young, but today. You only carry a vague trace of these cigarette butts at most.
    Once this "disappointment" has passed, you have more than one asset in your bag, or rather in your cheap box. You are probably the most expensive whisky to dare to display ragged clothes. If you weren't so good in the end, I would almost be ashamed to ask you in my collection.
    But yes, with a drop of water and 20 minutes of waiting, you are good as a successful dessert. An egg cream, a clafoutis ... you are a delicacy to reserve for lovers of good things that make fun of appearances.

  2. 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.
    I later compared it to the 2017 version (94804), which is a bit more similar but has much more sulphur, especially in the nose.
    • 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.

  3. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Even a little rough leg - a paints with character. There have been better 18 year old longrows in the past.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A raw concrete, exhaust-filled parking garage with stains from diesel and petrol on the floor as well as alcohol and Esbit - it will probably go on its own.
      Fermented grape juice, lots of Campbeltown funk.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth it is known to be salty and oily with a now delicious smoky note, dark roasted almonds, dried apricots, then a pinch of rose harissa. Spicy mountain pine aromas to match
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is long and tart, elegant with apricot tart, lemon oil and light soot particles.

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Longrow 18yo comparison between 2013 (WID: 43388), 2015 (WID: 69018), 2018 (WID: 111830)

    They are clearly different from each other.

    The 2013 is clearly the most idiosyncratic. It has notes that remind me of lemon balm sweets, maybe some lemon detergent and herbal tea with sugar candy. The sherry is more yellow-fruity and sour. Mineral notes. The smoke is reminiscent of a glowing candle wick. The mouthfeel is somewhat similar to wine.

    The 2015 is much more balanced. The citrus fruits are now candied. Here too, the fruits of the sherry are more yellow, but they appear fuller and fuller than in the 2013 season. In addition beautiful caramel notes and herbal sweets. The smoke is rather subtle and sweet. Finally, beautiful oak and spices

    The 2018 is overall much darker in character. The color also suggests. The fruits are no longer yellow here, but rather dark and tart. Then tobacco and leather. The wood notes present themselves more in the form of tree bark. The smoke is also a bit stronger and spicy here. In the end, musty notes, cold smoke and chocolate.

    The 2013 is somehow not so me. Certainly has funny notes in it, but I don't seem to like the way they interact.
    I think the 2015 is really delicious, everything looks nice and homogeneous without being boring. Enough character and still elegant.
    The 2018 has the clearest sherry influence. But it is certainly not overloaded. That leaves enough room for the longrow. It also tastes good to me.

    In a direct comparison, I like the 2015 best. Just before the 2018. I don't really like 2013.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • 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. 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.

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. JJKATED scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Polaku1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Definitely way better than the younger NAS peated Longrow. Rich and balanced flavours, including the Islay peat, incorporated in a nice marriage of different oak casks. That kind of combined maturation, with roughly even participation of sherry usually puts me off but i guess, this is the only distillery capable of pulling this off.
    Those casks must have driven the price. Otherwise, not many 18 year old whiskies cost a hundred straight at coming out at the market...every year.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting
    • Nose
      Lots of citrus fruits and herbs, maritime notes, is there a slight smoke in the background? Lots of light fruits, floral notes
    • Taste
      Creamy, very fruity and sweet, again a lot of citrus fruits, light maritime notes, herbs, berries now come through and it becomes a bit sour, light sherry note
    • Finish
      intense fruity, somewhat sweet, then slightly bitter and sour, short to medium long, the bitter and sour lingers on the tongue and in the throat for a long time

  11. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2021-02-28
    • Nose
      87 87
      Cinnamon, honey, vanilla, red fruits, dark chocolate, light smoke, citrus, maybe a little gum
    • Taste
      86 86
      light smoke, almond, red fruits, kiwi, tropical fruits
    • Finish
      86 86
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  13. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Yellow fruits with a dash of peat, crushed almonds, honey and icing sugar. Almond paste, flavored with vanilla. With that, the smell of fresh bread, wheat under the sun, a little dry earth, a drizzle of olive oil. The peat bends a little, but barely. Candied lemon, juicy plums, Jura or Burgundy wine, Meursault. Finally a little farmer side, it was about time. The straw, the hay, the stable. We know, and it's nice to find these typical fragrances of the distillery. Honey of wild flowers, violets and daffodils. A few plums to finish, and a waxy side, beeswax rather than that for the parquet. A bit of both though. Evanescent smoke.
    On the palate, it is suave, juicy, vinous, then the spices rise, spicy, white pepper, cardamom, it shoots the tongue, slightly watery vanilla, a touch of camphor. It's quite heavy, you don't really smell the fruit. A dull, but almost medicinal peat. Earthy, with lime, manure. Good loam ready to be plowed, and varnished wood.
    Very long finish, on hazelnuts, an ounce of charcoal, humus, the peat still comes out, very vegetal. Vanilla, orgeat, cane syrup. Elderberry. Ripe a little dry. It fades away very slowly, gradually.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. jkswift scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Complex and tasty at the same time.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. thebonewolf scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Right away there’s a delightful smokiness and all the other elements compliment that very well. The difference between this and other expressions from Springbank is much wider than the difference in price. This is well worth the premium for the significant age statement.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Light, sweet smoke. Caramel/brown sugar. Pebbles.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Salt, smoke, cinnamon, Campbeltown malt. Tropical fruit, namely kiwi.
    • Finish
      96 96
      Long. Salty, funkish smoke (less so than other Campbeltowns I’ve had). It's more like the palate got smoked.

  17. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    First tasting notes after a freshly opened bottle:

    An incredibly complex and excellently ripened malt with noticeably old age and intense sweet and dark, but also fresh and fruity aromas.

    An excellent taste experience.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Coffee ice cream, cocoa, crème brûlée, caramel, brown sugar, sweet fresh summer fruits, chocolate, some leather, vanilla cream, fresh sweet citrus notes
    • Taste
      89 89
      Summer fruits from a rich orchard, coffee, cocoa cream, pleasantly spicy wood, sweet citrus notes
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pleasantly spicy, very delicate hint of peat smoke, coffee, light, pleasant herbal note. A dark sugar sweetness stays on the palate for a long time.

  19. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. TsiAI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden smell. Nose: A little motor oil, salty cheese, coal gangue, and a slight sense of alcohol. After waking up for a few minutes, there will be red berries, some clear minerals, dense milky aroma, coarse salt, pyrotechnic taste Palate: medium sweet, medium high salty, slightly sour. Red berries, minerals, kerosene, salt, sea water, cheese powder, cream, ginger, barbecue sauce, black bean sauce, brown sugar, oak end rhyme Finish: long, peat, smoked, sweet and sour short ribs, cream body: Medium, oily feeling, strong and strong

    Nose: 88/100
    Palate: 89/100
    Finish: 87/100
    Body: 89/100
    Overall: 88/100

  21. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. GWMingus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. jkswift scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. CherryHeart scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Unveiled a pot of pickled fresh, sour bamboo shoots, bacon, green apple pie, white rum, lemon juice ... it seems to be close to a glass of daiquiri again, the peat is like the band Bass-A thick background is added to all sounds, which is reassuring.

    Palate: peat, almond paste, dough, seaweed, maltose, vanilla, marble cheese, cigar ash.

    Balance, Body: Moderately heavy wine, with a high degree of fat, excellent balance, and a greatly improved ease of drinking.

    Finish: Medium length. Pepper water, cinder, melon, maltose, oak barrels.

  26. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Wow, what a start! Fantastically complex after heavy oil, tender peat smoke, old dirty wax jacket, brown sugar, inlaid black walnuts, strong minerality, pebbles, old barn with clay soil, cinnamon rum pot, sweet herb liqueur, vials of coke and delicate sea tones. Really impressive complexity
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily and heavy. Dark sugar, tender peat smoke, citrus zest, salt, earth, again coke bottles, cinnamon gum, malt candies, tang crackers, cranberries, dark oak honey and porter beer. All flavors are closely interwoven.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, tender peat smoke, oily aromas but at the same time also very sweet after dark toffee, bitter forest honey, needle litter and over-sweet herbal liqueur.

  28. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. Jwbakhuijzen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    nose. leather and note rain barrel
    taste. medicinal peat carbon soft in taste.
    aftertaste. long warm smoky.

  30. penumbra scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I found that the level of longrow 18 probably declined as the proportion of Shirley barrels increased.
    • Nose
      Peat, crude salt, black rocks in the intertidal zone, moist clay, locust nectar, vanilla, sweet rice, white chocolate, cheese, ham oil, red Fuji fruit wax.

      In the autumn, the sun shines on the golden field, and in the distance are the smoke of cooking smoke and fruit trees in twos and threes.
    • Taste
      Rough peat and salt, red berry peel, citrus, sweet ginger, honeycomb, thin cream, almonds, and finally a slight oak bitterness emerges.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, woody fragrance, ashes, salt, herbs.

  31. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This dram is quite nice and sophisticated. I prefer it over the 2020. As time wears on, I'm tiring of all the rum wood highlights. This bottle is lovely with a very aristocratic balance of bourbon and sherry woods with a nice amount of peat.

  33. 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

  34. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Wolv scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  36. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Opeth83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  39. asmazda scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My first Longrow.  Perhaps premature of me, but I think overall I still prefer the more balanced and refined side of Springbank over Longrow.  If you want a vanilla-peat bomb (non-smokey non-medicinal kind) you got to try this Glenisla 1977: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/53469/glenisla-1977-sv
    • Nose
      Smokey sweet aged vanilla beans, typical Springbank peat but amplified, lemons, maritime notes.
    • Taste
      Very similar to the nose, except you get addition of some ginger, smoked fish, and then oak bitterness and astringency that I wasn't expecting.
    • Finish
      Medium, some oak tannins, some smoke, some cocoa.  The cocoa made the finish interesting.

  40. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Elegant and refined with sea salt and algae. Followed by pine cones, wood chips and honey. Taste: Creamy with subtle smoke, juicy sweet flavors and salted popcorn. Followed by butterscotch, vanilla and tobacco. Finish: Soft and full of pecans, soft smoke and dark chocolate. Barrel Type: 60% Refill Sherry Barrels and 40% First Fill Ex Bourbon Barrels

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