Longrow 11-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
11 years old
8ys Bourbon / 3ys refill Pinot Noir Cask
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Feb 2019 9:06 am by Gummikuh
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 209.92

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Whisky Reviews for Longrow 11-year-old

60 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.21 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The 8/3 ratio works well in this release. I like it quite a bit and usually I'm not big on the "reds." Longrow peat is kind of thick and oily when compared with other peated whiskies. Some peat works better with fructose wood casks than others. Longrow peat isn't the best with port and wine, IMO. It's better with sherry. I think Lagavulin is perhaps the best with sherry but it isn't usually overdone in batches such as the Distillery Exclusives, which have the advantage of 15 years in the wood. Then again, the ABV is about three percent too low in those 43% just doesn't have enough power. 46% is much better.

    In fact, I would like to see Springbank experiment with putting a nice rechar oak barrel into their batches of this size to help offset the overpowering sweetness of such fructose-laden cask wood from Oloroso or PX. In this case, the former.

    My order of preference with Campbeltown releases is generally as follows: Springbank first, then older Longrows, then good Kilkerrans, then good Glen Scotias, Hazelburns, and finally the young Longrows (which I never buy). Longrow peated is too young for me. I would very much like to taste a 15 year cask strength Kilkerran with a one heavily "Ardbeg Alligator style" rechar cask thrown into the batch for an accent. That would be fabulous. Yes, I know they don't exist, but one can still dream. . . . I would also like to see Springbank experiment with younger and older casks and then divulge the proportion. I know that's illegal in Scotland but I think it's illegal for unethical reasons owing to the fact that the big distilleries don't want the competition or the public to become accustomed to knowing how good a batch of older casks can taste with one younger one (past the banana/tequila stage) thrown to add power to the batch. Say a bunch of 14 years with a 10 year or two. What heaven that would make. I think labeling proportions of old to young in a release would be a great thing and the public would quickly become used to it and prefer it. I use this technique in my personal vattings to great effect and have really wowed my friends with it.

    I would one day hope to see a Longrow release around 14-15 years of age that is a mixture of some charred bourbon or sherry barrels and some bourbon barrels. I really miss releases of older cask strength Longrow. It needn't be up around 18. 14-15 yrs is a sweet spot for me. I do always buy the 18. I liked the 2017 very much. I'm getting tired of Springbank and Longrows aged in rum casks. Rum sometimes creates a "thin" acrid sweetness that is cloying.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2021] A quick review of a sample...

    ...usually, I am not a big fan of winey whiskies but this a perfect mix of all three malt, wine and peat in an appropriate wooden setting. Simple but tasty and quaffable, I like it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers an interesting winey-peaty profile with still significant malt aromas shining through. It is not really complex but what to expect from a 11-years old? It is balanced and tasty, so nothing to complain about.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is a delicious combo of sour-winey, sweet malty and bitter peaty and wooden flavours in almost perfect equilibrium. Again rather simple but very tasty, this is perfect stuff to quaff when I am not in the mood of detailed flavours explorations. Water releases more aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother, I like this dram best when reduced to about 45% abv.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without any distracting moments. The finish is very long and turns more the winey-malty side first before the woods strike back towards the end. No distracting moments again, the bitterness is solely based of tasty flavours and not on unwanted astringent-drying impressions.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's not that far from Campbeltown to Yangon. ;-)
    Yes, nice part. The finish drops off a bit, but that doesn't spoil the overall picture.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Tart fruit and smoke with a pleasant bacon note at the beginning. Sour cherries, fermented grapes. Becomes sweeter over time, a bag of red gummy bears - but not pure, because the smoke envelops the fruit notes. Slight herbal note, a little pepper, turmeric, ginger, vanilla.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Red grapes, cold smoke, tart, almost bitter, and directly a very interesting spice mixture of cinnamon, pepper, turmeric, ginger powder, crushed cloves and nutmeg. Coffee powder. It is menthol-like, as is so often the case with a wine barrel finish. At the same time sweet and spicy, with a light mustache and earthy aroma. Fresh, spicy tobacco leaves, similar to a freshly rolled Burmese cherrot (a narrow cigar). And when I am thinking of Burma, the tart and fruity beginning could easily be compared with the taste of a betel nut.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long, slightly dry, fine dry and menthol-like. Chocolate, dry wood, remains of grapes and betel nuts.

  4. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced and balanced. Excellent craftsmanship, just the lack of individual intensity compared to single casks prevents him from my 90 {+}.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At first, light longrow typical - as well as malt and grain notes open, which indicate a subtle smoke in the background.
      Then red fruits rise, especially cherries, but also sour elements.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Tingling texture, a mixture of sweet wine aromas and red fruits is revealed, with a slight dryness. The smoke accompanies wonderfully and complements almost perfectly.
    • Finish
      90 90
      (Medium to long), dry, acidic rhubarb aromas blend elegantly with the sweetness of the grapes, marzipan and the more ashy smoke.

  5. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good drop, which creates a quasi unique feature with the well-integrated sulfuric notes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      This whisky is immediately recognizable if it has already been tasted. Dark fruits such as plums and raisins are accompanied by sulphurous accents. Does not remind you very much of the typical sherry notes. The smoke is not very dominant but present.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In addition, now comes a spiciness and malty note. Water gives the drop a certain dominant sweetness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is much more balanced in contrast to nose and taste. Now the fiery smoky notes come to the fore.

  6. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


    The Longrow Red 11yo spent the first eight years in bourbon casks then three years in refill Pinot Noir Barriques from New Zealand. There are approximately 9000 bottles available worldwide.

    Tasting Notes

    Nose: Creamy, red apples. Homemade rhubarb crumble with lots of confectionary notes. Red liquorice and maraschino cherries.

    Palate: Delicate, soft and smooth. A perfect balance of Pinot Noir wine & Longrow. Red fruits, raspberry jam and cranberry. This is followed by burnt embers and tobacco leaf with hints of smoke.

    Finish: More of the Longrow characteristics; creamy, smoky, sultanas and some nuttiness.

  7. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Red wine finishes hardly ever hit the right balance for me. This is no exception. The individual flavours are great, but the sweet forest fruits and chocolate from the red wine 'fight' with the mineral Longrow. Besides, it feels more as a Springbank, the peat is very gentle for a Longrow.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rather intense and almost parfum-like: vanilla, blueberry-jam and cherry. Then some leather and mineral notes, topped by medium peat
    • Taste
      87 87
      At first it is sweet (vanilla, forest fruits, treacle, chocolate), but the distillery character cannot hide for too long: bitter oranges, rhubarb, pepper, leather and increasingly mineral with a dirty sulphery edge.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather full on red fruits, citrus and chocolate. Quite mineral too with sea spray and finally medium ashy peat smoke.

  8. Yarema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose -22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 22
    Balance -22
    Rating - 88

  9. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: smoked plums, dried dates, raisins ... wine acidity ...
    Taste: sour, with grassy (wormwood?) Bitterness
    Finish: long but sour ... with a strong smoked effect ...

  10. Pyromann scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky with a very strong influence of wine. In the smell she totally disarmed me with its distinctiveness wrapped in wine sweet and sour. The whole thing is a little smoked. It tastes great too. I would not resist the bottle at all, it is a pity that he is already looking bad and when it is, it is expensive.
    • Nose
      The aroma is very expressive, caramel, some sweet and sour tones, very dense and distinctive. A little smoke. Overall sweet, nicely rounded. According to notes from the tasting "Wow".
    • Taste
      In taste at first impression more acidic, but overall sharper. Chocolate, red wine. Wine acid.
    • Finish
      Again a very noticeable influence of red wine. Sweetish, peeks out woodiness.


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