Longmorn 2005 NSS

Overall rating
89.45/100
votes
163
Whiskybase ID
WB160310
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 010
Vintage
03.2005
Bottled
06.2020
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
596
Strength
63.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 jun 2020 9:59 pm by Double Barrel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 313.08

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Whisky reviews for Longmorn 2005 NSS

41 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.45 points.

  1. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    If you wanted a sherry bomb and did not want the spirit to stand in the way of the Oloroso Hammer, then by all means this would appeal to you. This was too closed off and hot for me. Though a few drops of water improved things and opened it up, it was not to my taste and still felt too one dimensional. The sherry cask absolutely obliterated the Longmorn spirit which was too delicate to really contrast with or stand up against the heavy cask influence. The sherry bombs I have enjoyed have typically presented more balance between robust malty flavors and the rich cask flavors, the Longmorn was perhaps too delicate.
    • Nose
      Rich sherried notes of dried dates, figs, toasted nuts, and brown sugar. Dense and intense with leather shoes, olive tapenade, sea salt dark chocolate, and fresh espresso.
    • Taste
      Heavy and dry with loads of sherried fruit, nuts, and spice. Dried dates and figs in a sugary treacle syrup drowned the profile in sweet dense sugary fruits. Nutty and meaty notes of leathery Jamon Iberico, old wooden countertops, leather chairs, and almond skins poked above the syrupy flood. Dryness built over time with notes of Turkish delight, brown sugar, sesame-honey pastries. Water brought out more fruit and spice while pushing some of the nutty-wood notes to the background.
    • Finish
      Lingering dried fruits and Turkish delight with a tannic astringency.

  2. huangshantong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The flavor brought by the barrel is far greater than the winery itself;
    Of course, the flavor of this cask is a clean, positive gain.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Highly concentrated sherry barrel flavor, dark fruit, jam, caramel feel, some small amount of leather and herbs, spices, maybe need more time to wake up, newly opened wine, I feel biased in dullness.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Rich dark fruit flavours, but a little too dry in my opinion, maybe worth putting in more before drinking
    • Finish
      87 87
      Powerful, very long, dry, very little bitter; caramel, jam, overripe plain, heavy oak

  3. Unlimit scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Amazing sherry bomb. Other rhetoric are needless.
    • Nose
      Burnt caramel, raisin and some wood notes. Amazing sherry bomb.
    • Taste
      Super dry, super sweet, spicy.
    • Finish
      Similar with nose, there's a strong kick with caramel, and some woody notes.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Dark fruits, tobacco, leather, coffee, chocolate, prunes, huge in your face sherry, not an everyday drinker but pleasant nonetheless

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Very intense and powerful, lot of dried fruits, but also a bit rough and unbalanced alcoholic notes, some water helps
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense, cherry, dried fruits, dates, prune, raisins, xmas spice, cinnamon, cloves, hints of fresh rubber and leather, tobacco, sherry wood, vanilla - not bad
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very punchy, creamy, dried fruits, good sweetness, more prune and cherry, raisins, some acacia honey, cinnamon and xmas spice, tobacco, brown sugar, sherry wood, hints rubber and varnish, shoe polish
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, burning, fruity, spicy, peppery - water recommended

  6. Lakerfield scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My first Longmorn, and it's quite a beast. One for the sherrybombers out there as it has everything to qualify for that title! Has some oldskoolish sherry tones, although a bit too much oak on the palate. I think it could handle some water, but I didn't use any. Good, but I wouldn't pay secondary prices for it.

    Based on a sample.
    • Nose
      I was expecting a lot of alcohol heat, but somehow the intensity comes from the aromas alone. Very sherried and I think it's the 'good' kind of sherry. There's apple skin, orange, apricot, maraschino cherry, raisin, cranberry, dark chocolate, sticky toffee pudding, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon bun, balsamic vinegar, leather, a touch of mint and paprika. Wow, impressive I must say. Not a thirteen in a dozen sherried whisky.
    • Taste
      Remarkable sour and oaky arrival, not the best first palatal impression. The alcohol does show here. There's apricot, raisin, maraschino cherry, overripe banana, dark chocolate brownie, salted caramel, jaffa cake, polished oak, balsamic vinegar, walnut and a touch of whole grain mustard. Absolute sherrybomb. I'm a little too annoyed about the sourness and amount of oak, but in a perfect world every whisky would be of '60s Bowmore or '70's Glendronach level.
    • Finish
      Long and drying. We've got apricot, blood orange, fig, cacao dusting, manuka honey, walnut and copper penny.

  7. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Cipidos scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Dense sherry. I'm hoping it's more than that... Let's give it a bit of time. Ok, no sulfur. A bit minty. But yea, sherry. Ok.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Super heavy sherry bomb. It's not terrible, but to be honest, even though this is faultless for what it is, I wouldn't reach for this again. The sherry just drowns out whatever was there to begin with. I don't hate it, but so much sherry is just unnecessary!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Yea, there's sherry, sherry, sherry, even in the finish... I get it.

      And yes, i know these are less tasting notes and more narratives, but who cares? Apparently, no one does!

  12. Kitae scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    it's great sherry bobm

  13. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  14. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Kitae scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    it's sherry bomb!!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  16. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  18. whioli scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  19. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  20. BlueFire scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Sherry bomb. Hot and flat.
    Hot, viscous, syrupy with maple syrup, caramel, dates, cola, spice.
    I was disappointed given the high scores and hype.

  21. McMoulis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  22. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  23. the_muskox scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This delivers pretty much exactly what you’d expect: a rich, fruity, complex Oloroso bomb. It really benefited from some water, which really opened things up and also happened to kill much of the funk. I loved the rich fruit and chocolate notes, and the fact that it wasn’t overly tannic. Sherry monsters don’t always really do it for me, but this had enough complexity to keep me interested. Great stuff!

    Nose: Well, there’s your Oloroso. Dried fruit leather, mixed citrus peels, rum-soaked raisins, sour cherry pie, maple taffy, molasses, pralines, and cream soda. Clove, cinnamon, dried chilis, and melted milk chocolate. A bit of stanky sulfur, and almost a teriyaki sauce note.
    A small dribble of water really opens things up, with more fresh fruit and some red berries.

    Palate: Medium-thick texture. Starts sweet, but turns savoury. Definitely a bit of an industrial note in there. Loads of rich dried fruit and chili-spiked dark chocolate on the development, along with earthy barley and black coffee.
    With water there’s lots of rich coffee flavour, blood orange, raspberry, ginger, toasted marshmallows, and demerara sugar, then a more distinct spiced smokiness.

    Finish: Medium-long and richly sweet. More sour cherries, Vanilla Dr. Pepper, honey-sweetened English Breakfast, and brown sugar. Chocolate torte with raspberry sauce. Oil sands.

  24. whiskytornado scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  25. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  28. jujutoulouse scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Powerful nose on glue, solvent, with plum behind. On the palate it takes your breath away, with 100% cocoa coated in wood, it's dry, the finish is long but the alcohol is a bit embarrassing.

  29. Falang scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For me: a true topper! Wauw! Fruit cake packed with spices - fruity nose with red wine and Madeira (even some pork). Sweet and strong taste with caramel and dried red fruits. Finish is long and complex with hints of metal and red wine. Wauw!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wow! Red wine, Madeira sause, umami, thyme, red port, caramel, and even some pork. A very good and complex dram - slightly medicinal with black berries at the end of the nose.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Incredible! Strong and warm with strong alcohol that explodes into a wide range of flavours; espresso, nutmeg and oak, caramel, dried red fruits and also sweet red wine, even some grainy biscuits. Bit stoney at the back. Oily in the mouth. Wauw!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long metallic finish - very balanced with a lot of maturity. Strong alcohol slowly dies out... the red wine comes back and the biscuits too. Lovely!

  30. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  31. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    One for the sherry lovers, this is a fantastically balanced, in-your-face, domineering single malt.
    • Nose
      Big sherry bomb. Rich and voluptuous with a lot of syrupy fruits, strawberry marmelade, sweet cherries, figs and plenty of chocolate as well. Finally a whiff of umami-ish soy.
    • Taste
      Thick and syrupy mouthfeel, but surprisingly drinkable at such a high strength. It reminds me of that series of young Glenrothes from Adelphi, but a little more developed. Nice ground coffee notes, cocoa powder and plenty of dried red fruits. Water opens up a syrupy, brighter side with a touch of menthol and cough syrup. Recommended.
    • Finish
      More of the above. Long and drying.

  32. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/rmw-independent-bottlers/

    Iain Croucher from North Star Spirits guides us through this single cask, fully-matured oloroso cask Longmorn.

    N: Dark/deep-sweet, dry-rich fruity squidgy lightly salt-seasoned oloroso nose which, unlike a ‘bomb’, washes over you rather than exploding in your face. Given time, I pick up on flavours that are rarely found in the majority of contemporary malts at this age. Add [tired] cola fudge-covered soft apple, supermarket armagnac, Nocino,…….. stop already [and get a bottle]. Try not to think of flat coke after watching the tasting video. This is darn on impossible not to like, but on an objective front, is the cask too dominant?

    T: If not on the nose, you may think it’ll be a bomb on the palate, but even neat at 63.1%, it’s utterly agreeable. Having said that, let’s add water. It doesn’t need a lot before the bitter>sweet waxy fruitiness blossoms, and with old skool rancio vibes – wow! “Intelligent active wood“, says Iain, who states that Longmorn works best at this kind of age in single sherry casks. Underneath, a slightly sandy oaky thread supports the waxy-fresh fruitiness. I find this on the edge yet totally within itself. A marvel!

    F: Some fine pencil shavings find their way onto the fusty oloroso path with a consolidated soft understated freshness, though how has this happened over 15 years in a first-fill oloroso butt at 63.1%, I do not know? The question remains, however: has the distillery character been lost, and if so, does it [always] matter?

    C: “A Killer, an absolute killer,……….. Eeked out before the cask came to dominate“, says Dave Broom. What a find, what a result, and still available from European shops for around €200. Imagine this having a Japanese label. What price then?

  33. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Arwen did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    whiskyfun.com:

    Colour: reddish mahogany. Nose: hot n’ spicy sherry! Lots of paprika, maraschino juices, cocktail bitters, a few pencil shavings, black coffee and rose cordial. For lovers of this rather punchy, modern sherry style this should be rather heavenly, although I find it ever so slightly on the heavy side. Some salted caramel fudge and suggestions of burnt toffee apple. With water: lots of hessian, dry earthiness, roasted hazelnuts, more strong coffee notes and a few cola cubes. Mouth: rather aggressive on the alcohol side obviously, but you also have these pretty grippy and assertive tannins. Lots of bitter chocolate nibs, strong black tea, five spice, cloves and graphite oil. Powerful stuff! Some salted treacle too. With water: the texture becomes quite satisfyingly rich and luxurious, this chocolate sauce vibe ensues while the tannins calm down slightly and take on a creamy edge. Also rather a lot of stuff like Marmite and date molasses. Gets very sticky and showing quite a few bitter herbal extracts. Finish: long, rather meaty, some gamey hints that allude to mature pinot noir, soy sauce, raspberry jam and mint choc chip. Comments: Plenty fun to be had here as long as you have your pipette handy. As with so many of these modern sherried beasts, this is a very entertaining whisky, but I’d struggle to ‘entertain’ more than a dram at a time (get your coat Angus!) Anyway, I feel like you yourself will have a pretty clear idea whether you’ll kill your grandma to get a bottle of this or leave it on the shelf.
    SGP: 471 - 85 points

  35. MartinSchmartin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Sesame, honey, oil ... Based on these ingredients it could be the arabic / greek dessert "Halva / Helva". But I guess it's a whisky after all.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. Vallado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  37. ThorstenH scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    GIngi's taste description fits very well. Super intense in the mouth, but the alcohol sharpness is also noticeable.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  38. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    very nice dark lively nose - pure sherry barrel, but delicious, Imho no matter which distillate was in the barrel - the barrel is everything.
    the rest is ok but by no means comes close to the nose, is not nearly as tasty and noble. If it has to be dark sherry - you can buy it, I find it too expensive for what it can do ~ 170 € in 2020
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. rampah scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Quite good for its young age. Adding water is almost mandatory here.

    Initial price was around 170€.

  40. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    whiskyfun checked that out: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejuly20-2-Springbank-Glendronach.html#220720

  41. Whiskyporn scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    What an explosion of flavor, plain dark chocolate delicious. Very good with 63% so for me with a few drops of water .. But definitely worth 93 points

  42. GIngi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Wow...
    • Nose
      strong, intense sherry. The aromas are there immediately and have an incredible impact. Old style sherry - polished furniture and leathery.
    • Taste
      The intensity blows your mind. Incredible aromatic sherry power with chocolate, coffee and the finest leather. Old school!
    • Finish
      Laaaaang

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