Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
60% Sherry & 40% Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 May 2018 9:30 am by Mischi

Average value

€ 170.65

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158 × member ratings

377 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.98 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Even a little rough leg - a paints with character. There have been better 18 year old longrows in the past.
    • Nose
      86 86
      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 with it
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is long and tart and elegant with apricot tart, lemon oil and light soot particles.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  9. 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

  10. jkswift scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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