Longrow, if you want to translate it from English, 'make a long noise', then the name is program. Longrow, the smoky brother of the Springbank distillery, which is probably burned only once a year and then stored in 100 barrels, if one can believe the statements, usually promises to be quite a thrilling bottling. Here are 9000 bottles that were bottled. "Sherry Cask Matured" says the label, 14 years, what can go wrong?
After the first notes were read in the base and the rest of the Internet, you could already assume that this malt will split. Less smoke, very sulphurous on the palate and on the finish, ... not good conditions that could taste with the Malt. Sulfur, which could come from the sudsing of the sherry casks, known as hydrogen sulfide, I feel as a false note. Fortunately, I was sent a sample, the 5cl did not survive long and led me to open one of the bottles. For the whiskys, which I thought to be too sulphurous, I usually had this impression already in my nose, but here it is only a subtle smokiness, which touches on overripe cherries, plums and apples and coated with chocolate is quite round, salty , leave a dirty smoked bacon flavor. An intense fight between barrel and distillate. On the palate, then meet these two very strong opponents, ally themselves and cut the smoked bacon just around the ears. Salty with fermented fruits it continues, oily and in fact somewhat sulphurous. This discreet note, which it is for me, has for me but not the classic sulfur flavors, here it is rather the distillate, which is not quite in agreement with the barrel, in which direction they should march. Similar nuances I already had with other longrows, which were not so pronounced because the smokiness dominated a bit more, which is not the case here. Similar notes have fillings by Michel Couvreur, but not so intense.
In summary, one can say: If you like a slightly more subtle smoky note in his longrows and can enjoy them in combination with a meaty fruitiness, this is just right. This subtle, it is more in my opinion not, sulfur flavor stirs for me more of the barrel-distillate combination and does not bother me, even if it is a slight false note in the end.
Points? If I had to compare him with other longrows and include the missing note and the lack of smokiness together, he would probably land between 84 and 85. Since I'm not lacking in the smokiness here and the missing component is kept within limits, I give him 88 out of 100. If you open the big sample after the first 5cl, Springbank must have done something right at the end of the day.