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Longrow 21-year-old

Overall rating
89.07/100
votes
310
Whiskybase ID
WB158833
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
02.10.2019
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
60% Sherry, 40% Bourbon
Number of bottles
3600
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
19/380
Barcode
610854003869
Added on
22 may 2020 10:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 768.63

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Whisky Reviews for Longrow 21-year-old

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.07 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Longrow 18 (bottling date 04/2017) vs the new Longrow 21
    • Nose
      91 91
      Excellent nose. Fresh, oily, more refined than the 18. While the 18 does have a heavier, funky nose, the 21 seems to be fresher, provides more of an oily feel, and has more tertiary aromas.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The mouthfeel is thinner than the 18, but the 21 does offer a slightly greater complexity, with better development of flavors on the tongue. But this is not miles better than the 18. In terms of quality, this is not unique and in fact, it's similar to many modern, single cask Springbanks.
    • Finish
      90 90
      It's good, but I guess I wanted a bit more...

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The finish trumps nose and palate by two points. A really complex finish that is almost worth the price tag, ha. Sulfur on the nose and definitely sulfur on the palate. It seems like a problem and then that finish takes over. The extra years beyond 18 really do treat the spirit well for those who aren't peat pyromaniac pirates. I like a good peater, meself, but I will take sophistication and age over peat most days, at least lately. I guess the initial palate is the weakest link in this chain for me. I can nose it forever and the endgame is favorable. I'm too lazy to write up tasting notes right now. The complexity is here. It's quite present in the dram. I skipped this bottle when it was for sale. I'm drinking off a sample from my MoM, ha. Well, if I had tasted this sooner then I would have sprung for a bottle. I like it well enough but then again I'm a Campbeltown junkie. I really do like the sauce made from Crosshill Loch. Initially, I had shied away from a bottle due to the sulphur. I have differing criteria for "dirty." A dirty dram isn't always sulphuric. This one is the sulfur variety of dirty which bring it down a point from 91 to 90. It would have come down two points if the sulfur was more prominent. I've heard folks at Springbank swear they don't use sulfur in the casks to spiff them up. I find that hard to believe. Are we talking sulfur vs sulfur candles? What? You mean to tell me the sulfur we taste is merely cask rot? With my palate, I just can't get over sulfur. I taste it like a bee sting, like a rotten strawberry in my shortcake, like a fluffy cloud that bursts into a shower on my picnic. I'm always shocked when otherwise gifted whisky drinkers cannot detect sulfur or at least how strong the sulfur is in an otherwise outstanding glass. Some folks just can't tell the difference and they try to pass it off as though they either like the sulfur or tolerate it. I also find this implausible.

  3. NRGCLICK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Firstly, this whisky needs to open up. If you've reviewed from a sample, I don't think you've truly experienced this whisky for what it is.
    Initially, my score was sitting at around 88. After the bottle being opened for 3 weeks, safely say this get bumped up to a 91. Dont judge a book by its cover.

    Nose: The sulfur people mention, dissipates, rest assured. Hints of a matchstick (in a good way), raspberry liquorice, stewed fruits & crystalised tropical fruits. Candied strawberries & cream, peaches & over-ripe passionfruit.

    Palate: Oily, raspberry liquorice, hints of aniseed, crystalised fruits, confectionary candies.

    Finish: Oak & over-ripe passion fruit, with a slight funk - what is that, sulfur? Whatever it is, it's brilliant!

    Time, this bottle requires time and oxidisation. A few more months and this may get even better. Good job Springbank, this one is a keeper, keep this a regular release, please!

    **EDIT**

    Upon trying the new 2020 batch and doing a side by side with the 2019; I would today bring this review back to an 89. Seeing as I wont change my original score, 91 it will remain. 30/11/2020

  4. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It was clear, still cautious in the nose and then full longrow broadside in the mouth. Due to the age it is already very round and polished. Great bottling!
    • Nose
      91 91
      A lot of dark sweetness at the beginning, caramelized sugar, roasted almonds still warm from the festival bag. But slightly burnt because it's a longrow. The smoke here is wonderfully interwoven with the sherry notes and complex dirty salty maritime notes. Unique, unmistakable and yet round, oily and pleasant. Like the 18, only much more pleasing. Over time, lighter fruit notes, peach, pineapple. I think the age is mainly noticeable through this.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very salty, spicy in the taste and a decent leg of peat. Then make way for delicious, chocolatey oak notes with rye bread. Caraway seeds and malt included. Dark cherry and nut liqueur are added.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, dirty smoky and salty. But also a lot of sweet and tart fruit.

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    1593) Longrow, 21YO, 2019 Edition
    • Nose
      N- Milieu of peel-oil driven from tip to tail. Uplifting top-notes honed with coarse citrus peel, mineral and salts , subdued sweet molasses underlay brought out the pressed orange, then vanilla with flows of melted chocolate. Hints leather develops just enough to tease, without being overwhelmed. Coastal nuances emerged after breath with hints of aged rum. (92/23)
    • Taste
      P- Unusually sweet at first, then burst of hefty mineral with earthy smokes peat on mid palate. Leather, haw flakes came up from the back with orange-oil threads all these together for an impactful mouthfeel. (90/22)
    • Finish
      F- Long, a solid 46% bottling. inviting spicy pickle citrus fruits with return of oily nuttiness. (90/22)

      B/B- 93/23 Wonderful nose. Old-Fashioned alike, just the orange oil could be a wee pungent on palate at times, and lightly subdue on the finish.

      Weighted Rate- 90pt

  6. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like it.
    The nose is more differentiated than the palate.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The 46% makes it look light at first.
      Behavioral smoke, workshop smells, oil on the floor, light sulfur, matches. In the background the sweetness and fruitiness comes from the boubon barrel portion. Citrus and caramel, woodruff, biscuits, mild tobacco, a hint of dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, slightly smoky, lots of spices, creamy, uncomplicated and intense.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, dry

  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Bottom line up front: the flintiness from nose to finish is disapointing. Lovers of dirty drams will love it, I can tolerate it because it is not overwhelming, but it takes the score down and with it all the otherwise lovely aromas that have been discussed here. Sad, otherwise this could have been a stunner.

    At a SBK tasting - 2cl.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    After a long time a 21 year old Longrow; I approached the tasting with reasonably high expectations - which unfortunately were not fulfilled to the extent that I had wished for.
    The very good nose basically leaves nothing to be desired, but on the tongue and especially on the finish he shows too little character to really go through the ceiling. Unfortunately only in parts very good whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Intensely penetrating nose with pineapple, mango, passion fruit and bananas. Seasoning of marjoram and tarragon. Mineral like a Springbank: saltwater-wetted pebbles, salty sea spray. Can you smell creaminess? He makes in the nose at least the impression as if he were.
      Fruit, spice and the mineral note are closely interwoven, complement each other perfectly and together form a nose that you can spend a long time with.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry, almost dry start. At first slightly spicy with fresh mint. Dry wood, still relatively clear smoky note. The fruits from the nose in a weakened form. Less spice than in the nose, but a consistent woody note that works well as a spice substitute. Caramel and milk chocolate, vanilla, honey. Although only represented with 40%, the Bourbon clear against the sherry barrel is clear.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, dry, slightly smoky. Menthol and a hint of fermented fruit.

  9. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Sanasol, butter, almonds, a whiff of smoke, leather, mild funk (91p).
    TASTE: Citrus, fresh lemon, very citrus fruity, vinous (89-90p).
    FINISH: Lots of citrus fruitiness (89-90p).
    OVERALL: Very vinous with a surprising absence of peat. Total score 90 points.

  10. Jackson05 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Look, I like Springbank as much as the next guy, but I can’t get on board with the scores here. This is straight up flawed whisky in my opinion. Having it in a springbank lineup with many other modern releases and this is the worst one!

    First off it’s heavily sulphured. It’s also flat and lifeless. Man. That is seriously disappointing. And if you spent modern dollars on this? That’s a disgrace. I’m sorry to offend anyone but I do not trust springbank with a sherry cask!
    • Nose
      80 80
      Spent match, fireworks, root beer, buckwheat honey, mud.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Better, but still with the sulphur. More honey but still flat cola. Coke bottle gummies, black liquorice,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Best part. Because it has the least sulphur. Cola, liquorice, earthy compost, farmy slightly oily. Better for sure. Still no redemption.

  11. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. rampah scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. MarcinCh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. Light oily.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rich and intense. Pleasant, sweet peat mixed with sweet, maybe slightly sour red fruits. Caramel. A pinch of sea salt. Salty caramel. Cranberry, red currant. The level of peat is moderate, not too intrusive and adding complexity, not suppressing all other aromas. Slight acidity from red fruit.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet peat. Lots of sea salt. Salty caramel. Maybe even light medical notes. Ash. It's not too oily. A pinch of spices. Black pepper.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Peat, rather sweet. Light Medicine. Lots of sea salt. Salty caramel. a pinch of spices. Light spice. White pepper. Then salty caramel again. There is a little sense of density in contrast to what was in the mouth. Long finish.

  14. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  15. DimiIkon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting: February 2022
    • Nose
      Smoke, sweetness, some red berries, very oily but unfortunately and a little weak.
    • Taste
      The smoke is well balanced, some saltiness, sweet spices, and a sweet citrus. The taste is a vast improvement from the weak scent.
    • Finish
      The smoke is again balanced with spices, some red berries and a saltiness.

  16. Mordeth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A bit underwhelming for its age and price, but by all means a very good whisky. Although more balanced and complex compared to the 18yo, I actually prefer the latter ????
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. BunnaMan scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Blind tasting
    • Nose
      Subtle smoke mixed with ripe fruits. A bit of varnish and a little sulphury.
    • Taste
      First peat and smoke which mixes whith sherry sweetness. Oily/Waxy that gives a coating in the mouth.
      Both nose and tase feels like it got some age to it.
      Some sweet vanilla.
    • Finish
      Lasting smoke with sherry notes and some salt. Medium to long sweet vanilla smokiness.

  18. stalker1971 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/12/07/the-whisky-show-2021-part-8-11-springbank/

    Warming us up for a new & exclusive 21yo Longrow is this 2019 100% sherry-matured release.

    N: Pickled olives, phenolic plasters,… an OBE vibe too! 

    T: Despite the ‘100% sherry’ tag, the cask influence is unobtrusive. It’s all barley juice with consolidated briny phenols that have retained their vibrancy at this fine age with just the right amount of sherry influence to make one think of slightly peated Hazelburn [more than sherried mildly-peated Springbank]. 

    F: Briny, dry, and puckering. It’s now the sherry that has its say, underpinning the finish more than the spirit. “It’s not NOT avocados”, is one of the more enjoyable comments I overhear.

    C: These Campbeltown malts are so densely packed, it’s hard to get your head around them in a short space of time. Every one of them has their own individual qualities and all are to be celebrated in their own right. After all, no other distillery comes close to producing this style of malt.

    Scores 88 points

  20. jykoo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      intense sweet and fruity. Fresh tropical fruit, pineapple, mango with a hint of coconut. molasse sugar and some coaster note. I like the petrol like minerality note. not a strong peatiness
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet, oily and chewy, like oatmeal sweetness. A little hint of soapy note come together with the saltiness and leather note. Some orange peel like bitterness but as much as the other Longrow i tried.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish, some more lovely oakiness with some nuttiness ending.

  21. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose of car workshop, love it!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Nice however quite subdued when just pour. Quite filthily excellent after some oxidization, old car workshop with dried spilled engine oil all over the place, brunt spark plug, lime stone spark, stew apple with berries, fresh matches
    • Taste
      87 87
      Dried fig, old dried plums, that raspberries flavors in medicines, maybe some mushrooms? Rather soft compare to that nose.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, delicate fruits, some bandages and some smoke

  22. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Farmy peat, leather, cooked fruits, easy to drink, nothing outstanding, the sulphur is not too bad but I find it disturbing

  23. holborndrinker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A decent dram on a cold wet night - summer on a typical Manchester night.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Like a damp duffel coat when you've been stood at a fireworks display.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, meaty, a mouthfeel which expands - very more-ish.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium - the finish makes you want to go back.

  24. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Little too leathery on the nose at first but later on very balanced on the palate, fruity and little smoky with good sweetness and thus, very drinkable - pretty good
    • Nose
      88 88
      Leathery, smoky, little dirty, some yellow fruits, apple, pear, peach, honey, spices, raisins, hints of dry hay
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, creamy, little sirupy, fruity, good sweetness, more yellow fruits, peach, pears in syrup, little smoky and leathery notes - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, warm, fruity, spicy, still a bit sweet

  25. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  26. aryehf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Too bad that the palate fails to deliver the high expectations from the nose. I guess it's due to the strength. A cask strength version could be wonderful.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Big and massive, sweet red fruits, cooked fruits, sherry, smoked sausage, blue cheese, leather, earthy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, gentle peat, anise, licorice, red fruits, smoke.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, spices, peat and bonfire smoke, raisins.

  27. shurique scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose is the best here, but overall great as well
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not quite as powerful as the 18, but a bit more mature. Dense tropical fruits. Unfortunately, the finish is not as expressive, the sulfur is also most evident here.
    • Nose
      90 90
      sweet after vanilla and honey, delicate smoke and malt, fruity sherry and oak, slightly salty and mineral, also oily, caramel and truffle cream, raisins and hazelnuts, orange and prunes, ash, cloves and cinnamon, candied pineapple, banana, resinous pine needles, Plum dachi, star fruit and a little mint, matches, ground pepper and balsamic vinegar
    • Taste
      88 88
      slightly sweet and oily with barley malt and soft caramel, ash and smoke, velvety spices of clove and cinnamon, cedar, oak and vanilla, salty, blossom honey and sherry, a few raisins and oranges, lots of banana, tobacco, resinous pine needles, cocoa powder and dates , Hints of ginger and strawberry, distant sulfur tones
    • Finish
      85 85
      Barley malt and spicy cedar and oak, nutmeg, sherry and a touch of sulfur, walnut and almond, vanilla, banana and some pineapple, clove, ash, cocoa, blossom honey, salt and earth

  29. obst scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Almost too little smoke for a longrow. The finish can't quite keep up with the taste. In terms of price-performance ratio, I prefer the 18 year old Longrow.
    • Nose
      88 88
      light smoke, light salt / seaweed, some grain
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pepper, slightly sweet, hardly any sherry
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length with a little smoke

  30. Gregers scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Complex dram with great balance once you get past the matchbox sulphur.

    Review: https://youtu.be/snmEu28Ejls
    • Nose
      89 89
      The first note is sharp matchbox sulphur, then below that some nice smoke, brine, greasy, oily smoked kipper, smoked vanilla, light honey, light toffee, dried hawthorn, fresh pouch tobacco, Chinese pu'er tea, very light menthol. Complex and really interesting nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Good alcohol level, a bit light on the center of the palate, light peat smoke, good amount of cane sugar sweetness, light toffee, Japanese shiso leaves, black tea, good amount of barley, some oak, light note of dried dates. Second chew brings more toffee, sharper oak, more smoke, a bit of ginger, light sulphur notes, but quite negligeable. Third chew is a bit drier, more smoke, more ginger, but not much else new, except some tobacco dryness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Smoke, ginger, light toffee, black tea, shiso leaves, tobacco.

  31. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Longrow 21 (2019) and Longrow 21 (2020)

    In the nose, the fruits of the 2019 are more yellow and sometimes exotic. In 2020 they aren't exactly dark either, but they look tart overall.
    In addition, the 2019er has the typical longrow smoke, which is already relatively broken down. In addition, dirty notes from the Springbank distillery, a few herbs, as well as maritime and mineral impressions.
    The smoke at 2020 looks a bit stronger, darker and heavier. In addition, spices, tobacco and some herbs. Also dark wood tones and nuts.

    The 2019 is less fruity in the mouth than it is in the nose. Sweetness and wood notes come. Wood sugar. Not too sweet caramel. Plus the smoke. Then orange peel and grapefruit. It gets drier.
    The 2020 is again less tart than on the nose. The sherry notes have some acidic tones. I like the way. Then add the smoke and nuts. Towards the end there is slightly bitter oak and a little salt.

    Which do I find better now. Difficult. The 2019 is the lighter and more delicate of the two in comparison. The 2020 is therefore heartier.
    On the nose, I like the 2019 better. Somehow it looks more playful and not as dull as the 2020s.
    In the mouth I like the 2020s. It comes out fuller and fuller. The 2019 is a bit too flat for me.

    Both of them will no longer be price-performance winners, so buying a bottle is out of the question.

    I briefly poured myself the Longrow 18 (2017). Because of the composition, it is more in the direction of the 21er (2019). And the 18 doesn't have to hide from the 21. But on the contrary. The 18s look even stronger.

    So if there is another bottle from an older Longrow from the standard range, it will probably be an 18 again.

  32. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Fresh and lively, sweet peat smoke up front with engine oil, rubber and wood dust. The dirty sherry influence is quite obvious, also some really nice fruitiness like mango and jackfruit. Slightly minty and gingery. Lots of spices as well.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nice sweet arrival, with a very faint smokiness on the background. Ginger, honey, cinnamon, roasted nuts. It's a rather pleasant and easy-going palate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long finish, with roasted almond, ginger, light smokiness and slight bit of bitterness.

  33. thebonewolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is really nice. I did like the 18 a bit more, though. The finish was strong but the weakest part of it, just speaks to how good the nose and taste are.
    • Nose
      92 92
      This is like putting your nose in the glass when pouring it, something the 18 did as well. Fruity, bit of smoke, mineral/salt. It’s a pleasure just nosing this.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Very strong strawberry immediately, then smoke, then spice, then all together.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dry, smoky, menthol feeling. Gets”dirty”.

  34. fradin11 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
      IT: 91
      B: 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. MrIrrationalNZ scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Opening this at first was not impressive but upon letting the bottle oxidize over time lots of delicious fruity flavours come out and in particularly for me a juicy slightly over ripe mango, as well as some green apples. There is smokiness and vanilla and bacon?

  37. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  39. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  40. aryehf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  42. Sergm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Smoky with hints of a smoky wood, raspberry, fruits, frozen fruits.
    Palate: Oily, smoky, frozen fruits, confectionary candies.

    Finish: Oak & over-ripe passion fruit

    Very good

  43. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  45. sascuas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  46. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  47. Wolf68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  48. Suevia scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  49. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    A pleasant fruit note with apricot, mango and apple stands out. Smoked ham and a mineral aroma follow. You can also hear some orange zest and spices such as clove, pepper and a pinch of salt. •

    Taste:
    Campfire smoke and a dry oak note appear on the palate. I finally taste vanilla, caramel and chocolate. In the background there are a few fruits like berries and plums. At the back it gets a bit maritime and spicy with nutmeg.

    Outlet:
    A medium length rather dry finish with smoke, fruits and a little nut.

    Comment:
    A versatile malt that I really like
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  50. Teresa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  51. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  52. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nice but simplifies with water to something less exciting.

    Would not pay the asking price but nice to pick up a sample
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh cider and the hot dust you get from hitting rocks together. It is mostly granite where I live, so, granite dust. Salt and white pepper. Caramel and damp deciduous twigs. Feeling of a fig bar and a gherkin. Simplified to caramelized figs with water, then oak planks
    • Taste
      88 88
      Mouth:
      Puff of wood smoke, cherry liqueur, a little vanilla, maybe a small moth ball chemical-ness? With water more nuts.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Finish: medium. bitter salt with a touch of some smoked vanilla. Sour black cherry. Some musty wood. With water some nuts, lemon rind and gentian bitterness

  53. bakerman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  54. penumbra scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Feng Xi Feng Xi, the decline of He De, how many years have passed, I hope that the stars and the moon will finally wait for 21 years. As a result, I still choose 18.
    • Nose
      Regular and powerful peat is more similar to the expression of laphroaig in higher years. There are plenty of sugar. Bananas, grapefruits, apricots, citruses, cranberries and other sweet and sour fruits make Shirley barrels of onions, matchboxes and sulfide. The common flavors of caramel, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, cream and other flavors are the unique marine flavor of Genting, salt water, taste, gypsum, pebbles, thick and not greasy.

      Mineral 7, sugar 6, fruit 5, peat 5, bourbon barrel 4, sulfide 3.
    • Taste
      1: 2 diluted freshly squeezed fruit juice (apricot, guava, grapefruit), honey, alkaline water, salt, pepper, bonfire, earth, coffee aroma, sweet after a bit of bitterness

      It is fuller, richer in fat, moderately sweet, less sour and astringent, and has a bitter bottom.
    • Finish
      Longer, pepper, coffee grounds, peat, a small amount of tannin.

  55. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  56. Kaleva scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky, tasty and with clear distillery character. Industrial notes are very well integrated with fruitiness and sweetness. Smokiness is very gentle here, however is quite obvious. Quite pricey but definitely worth tasting at least.
    • Nose
      Somewhat industrial and mineral (chalk), light smoky rubbery notes, dark caramel, dried apricots and apples, a hint of a farmyard, cloves and sweet orange zest
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, a bit spicy (peppers, ginger and nutmeg), again industrial feeling, juicy blackberries, woody notes, tad salty toffee, herbal bitterness, light smokiness
    • Finish
      Rather long, sooty, drying, nutty and slightly sweet on the fruity side, tad oaky with some liquorice notes

  57. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A nice expression, but for the price I’ll take 3 Longrow 14’s instead.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Mineral/vitamin, light peat, sweet malt, vanilla, citrus
    • Taste
      90 90
      Vitamins, oak spice, ashy peat, grapefruit, vanilla, earthiness
    • Finish
      88 88
      Drying, flintstones vitamins (chalky sweet sour)

  58. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A visit to the pharmacist, what with all the bandages, aspirin, sal-ammoniac and general medicinal ambience, with an oily body. Nice, but feels watered down compared to the Springbank 21 OB. Delightfully long finish, though.

  59. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very tasty Longrow, no doubt. I miss most indicators for 21 years of maturation however. There certainly are small hints to be found on the nose, but the palate could have been from a much younger Longrow, in my opinion. Very good malt regardless!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Typical Springbank smoke. Farmy, with chalky granite, under-ripe oranges, tobacco leaves, and toffee fudge. Subdued coffee notes and aromatic oak incense.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smoked mango, prickly pears, and mild tannins. Followed by lemon curd, cocoa powder, and nutty undertones of hazel- and walnut.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium. Green tea, subdued caramel, and faint iodine.

  60. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: green tea.
    Nose: old metal, metal chips, banana, welding, gunpowder from building cartridges, burnt matches, blackcurrant, dates, grease for bicycles, cinnamon, a basket of garden apples. Deeper bitter pills, wood, cooled firebrand.
    Taste: watery, bitter tablets, bay leaf, green bark, green apple core, tree, dust.
    Finish: Continuous. Green bark, seeds from apples, firebrand, dry branch, dust.
    Well what to say. Taste finish ... such a tablet whisky. I really like the nose. In my head, the thought of some kind of industrial zone arises. And in the middle is a car, sells fruit and spices.

  61. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  62. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  63. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  64. jmallios scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  65. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Oranges, campfire smoke, sweet honey, a little mint, earthy, dirty, apricots,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dried apricots, honey, smoke, a few matches, creamy, vanilla, earthy, walnuts, grapefruit, in the background licorice
    • Finish
      89 89
      Honey, smoke, grapefruit, walnuts and licorice. Long

  66. bahaa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  67. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted @ SITS 2019

  68. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose immediately reminds me of the Longrow 18, very similar to it but more matured. So a bit disappointing that it doesn't live up to any hype.
    • Nose
      Medium strength sweet peat, peppery, some rubber (now a typical character of Springbank), earthy, fresh onions, sherry, sweet grapes, oranges. Not super complex but enjoyable.
    • Taste
      Excellent here, very sweet, dried apricots, sweet peat, bonfire smoke, a little farmy, intense and juicy, very balanced and smooth, earthy. Still some rubber, very concentrated.
    • Finish
      Medium, dense peat, barley sugar.

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