Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.08/100
votes
290
Whiskybase ID
WB165507
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
12.08.2020
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
25% Bourbon, 20% Rum Cask & 55% Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
4300
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
20/69
Barcode
610854657000
Added on
13 sep 2020 10:54 pm by Prodigy
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 289.70

114 × in wishlist

290 × member ratings

685 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

62 users have left 62 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.08 points.

  1. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    In the glass of the Longrow 18 from the bottling year 2020. In this bottling, rum barrels were used in addition to bourbon and sherry casks, which gives the whisky a very soft and pleasing note overall. In terms of color in the range of dark gold and of medium viscosity, the Longrow presents itself with a pleasant 46% vol. And at what I think is a good price of 120 € in November 2020. Here you get a lot of whisky for your money.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Unmistakable the wonderful character of the distillery; the smoke is gently integrated and has something of a greasy chimney. In addition, a fruity note of flambéed mirabelle plums, Turkish honey, fried pineapple, melon, white coffee, roasted almonds and grilled suckling pig.
      The scent is incredibly complex and always offers new aromas, from fruity, smoky, spicy to maritime hints. A great whisky!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Fruity and soft sweetness with a very light smoke. Sweet mandarins, fried apple pieces, fried pineapple, caramel, Turkish honey, baklava, mildly smoked ham, subtle maritime note, nice spice, mild herbal notes. Versatile, complex and balanced. I really like it a lot.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The Longrow provides a long and very pleasantly soft finish. The fruit flavors paired with the honey-like sweetness fit perfectly with the soft, smoky character of the whisky and you have the wonderful taste on the palate for a long time. The salivation remains for a long time and you are happy to have enjoyed such a whisky.

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  3. MarcinCh scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. voodoochile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A nice dram to dive into and enjoy but it's very hestitant and needs a lot of time. I had one in a 10 cl sample bottle and the last 4 cl after a lot of contact with air were the best.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Kind of waxy with a little smoke and minerals. Some vanilla and sulphury notes are there, too.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruity and smoky with hints of dark chocolate
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length with smoke, oranges and oak

  6. Nyssis scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    All in all, a very, very good whisky. The combination of savouvy and vegetal notes on one side, and fresh and fruity, yet sweet and deep on the other side, just works very very well here. And vegetal, grassy notes that remind me of rhum agricole make this whisky extra interesting.

    However I think a higher ABV would lift this even further, because (for me) the whisky requires quite big sips and doesn't take as much water as I'd like in my explorations, and I think the palate and the finish fall a bit short of the nose for it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Savoury, but to my mind not too sulphury. Honey, Curaçao, demerara sugar, fresh but ripe fruits like peaches, green apples and a bit of pineapple bathing in sticky syrup.

      There's a grassy, vegetal, olive-y note that makes me think of rhum agricole, even though I don't think those ex-rum casks were necessarily agricole.

      Then of course there's smoke, but it melds together with the savoury notes in such a way that it can be easily forgotten with all the interesting stuff that's going on.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Honey, pineapple in syrup, Curaçao. Smoke.

      There's an oaky, drying spiciness to the palate and some toasted nuts and marzipan to offset the fruits. And again that agricole-like note towards the end of the mid-palate and into the finish.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry, with smoked, funky pinapple and that agricole thing again, especially on olives. Perhaps a little one-demensional considering everything that came before, but still long and satisfying.

  7. Teomarg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  9. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. dandyman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    If it weren't for the kind of shy nose and it's (although restraint) overall sulphuriness, it would possibly score a 90.
    Especially balance and finish are impressive.

  11. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  12. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  13. VEF206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  14. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. Maltimizer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Round and soft, distillery character comes through, mild smoke, salted lemons and forest honey, hazelnut, seaweed and flambéed pineapple.
      The rum cask influence suits the Longrow very well!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy and very round again, the salted lemons and the slightly charred pineapple are back immediately, followed by clear herbs, tobacco, espresso and maritime notes, red pepper and oak spice
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very long, warming and dry, spice, honey and maritime smoky notes take the helm

  16. Toptaster89 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  17. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    If it were less dirty / sulphuric, it would've scored 90, easily.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A lot of sulphur upfront: matchsticks, lit firework fuses, gunpowder, eggs. Then Demerara sugar, rum, herbal / ashy smoke, red berry fruits (cooked and/or preserved), ocean spray and mineralic aspects (seashells, sand, wet stone). The sulphur either diminishes with more aeration or my sensory apparatus progressively fades it out.
    • Taste
      88 88
      There's the sulphur again, but it's quickly overtaken by an avalanche of sweetness and a chewy, viscous mouthfeel. Red fruit jam, runny honey, barley sugars, sticky licorice... Extremely full and satisfying, and it's so thick that it really feels more like cask than drinking strength.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Mouth-coating, sticky, syrupy, chock-full of licorice, red fruit, and honey, framed by peat smoke and sea salt. Very long.

  18. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose very nice, the taste unfortunately falls off a little
    • Nose
      91 91
      Nice freshness of pineapple paired with gummies and some smoke
    • Taste
      86 86
      The fruit fades into the background. Smoke and alcohol come through more. Tannins are noticeable
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length with smoke and leather

  20. Gråmantel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Brought a small 3cl sample which had me buying the full size bottle shortly afterwards. This is just a funky, unapologizing yet engaging whisky, not hugely peaty but a complex dirtiness. Quality dram.

  21. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A harmonious combination of barrels, without one dominating. Good. A solid drop, but without much peat. Still impressive.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Citrus lemonade, light smoke, fruit, spices, woody note with bitterness, rum cake, wet sea pebbles. 22.5-22.5-22-22

  23. Flo_Be scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  24. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very successful longrow. Outstanding quality, the peat smoke not in the foreground.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Mineral and slightly salty, shell limestone, lemon. The peat smoke very discreetly in the background. Some forest honey. Peach, orange peel and other bright fruits.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The peat smoke is more present than in the nose. Lemon and orange. Mineral, salty and dry. In addition, shell limestone and forest honey. Seasoning is also added.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Dry peat smoke, sea salt, lemon and orange peel. Mineral, plus the oak. Becomes a little bitter and drier. Stay a long time.

  25. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  26. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. ClixMalt scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Outstandingly complex

  28. thebonewolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Pleasant smoke, a humid but dusty storage area, toffee/caramel, Russian rye. There’s really a lot going on here, and those are the only notes I can put to words.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruit gives way to cardboard, to bitter chocolate and back again.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet, metallic, slight smoke with medicinal touch, sweet citrus. A bit of bitterness. An overall ‘mechanical’ feel.

  29. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  31. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    scbp-simple and easy to drink, balanced and comfortable! In terms of blind people touching the elephant, the rum barrel does seem to bring some more fruity flavors. The overall aroma is standard longrow, but the smell of peat is slightly reduced. Compared with the previous version, the taste is fuller and more fruity, and it is easier to drink, but the final rhyme is slightly hurried, simple and exciting.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Just opened the bottle. Alcohol irritation is slightly stronger, tar, briquettes stove, smoky sensation is slightly lighter than the previous Longrow18, waxy texture, green apple peel, melted lard oil, the sharpness is slightly weaker after the cup wakes up, there are more charcoal-roasted pineapples Vinegar, fennel in braised pork. 90
    • Taste
      88 88
      It's an easy-to-drink style, not salty or sour. A touch of fat, tar, orange juice, red apple juice, and green mango juice, and then there is a strict bitterness of pure dark chocolate, and a little bit of black pepper spiciness. The oily feeling in the front is slightly weak, but the oily feeling in the latter is strong and comfortable, the wine is medium thick and easy to drink, and the flavor profile is simple and comfortable, but this also determines his score line: its richness cannot support it to a higher level. 89
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet, comfortable, slightly metallic, orange peel, lemon peel, licorice sweet juice, in addition, it has a very long-lasting sesame pepper, and the bitterness is over after a few bites. 88

  33. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Blenders Glass.
    The case when the reduced product is excellent! 46%, but there is enough of everything!
    Wonderful!
    Balance 23
    Total 90
    • Nose
      Nose: vanilla, citrus, lemonade, smoke from fruit smoked ... great! 23
    • Taste
      Taste: powerful, sweet (fruity), then tart (woody), then spicy (pepper and spices), beauty! 22
    • Finish
      Finish: long lasting and warming, tart with spices 22

  34. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good degree of ripeness, the rum provides exciting fruit and the oily-salty basic character makes you want more.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Vanilla and subtle smoke, glowing ash and honey, salt and malt, orange and lime, pineapple, hazelnut cream, smoked ham, velvety oak and cedar wood with clove and cinnamon, oily balsamic vinegar, a little caramel and raisin, pear and apple, walnut and blanched Almond, dates
    • Taste
      88 88
      Orange and malt, smoke and ash, dry oak with cocoa and clove, sandalwood and velvety spices, salt and caramel, coconut and hazelnut, smoked ham, pineapple and cane sugar, mineral touch, yellow melon and green pear, banana and honey, tobacco, resinous pine needles
    • Finish
      87 87
      warming and earthy, smoke and caramel, barley malt and spicy oak, ash and salty ham, cocoa powder, orange and pineapple, liquid honey, banana and raisins, clove tones, almonds, pine needles

  35. maxg scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    I’m certainly not an expert like some here but I did drink quite a lot of whisky in 2020 due to it becoming something of a lockdown hobby! This was probably my favourite purchase of the year overall - I liked the striking yet mellow smokiness when I first opened the bottle but it was after a few months oxidation that it really seemed to develop into something special. Just got a bottle of the 2015, which some here seem to rate more highly (it’s very helpful reading everyone’s insightful comments) so I’m really looking forward to trying that :-)

  36. SpringBarley scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    great, delicious, complex - well done Springbank... medium long finish
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  37. JimJaws scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  38. Schafranek scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. BlueFire scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Creamy, candle wax, sweet lemons, spice, mild smoke.

  40. MJ84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  41. maurisso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It's useless, Longrow doesn't miss a beat !!!

  42. Julia E S scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very mineral on the nose, mussel shells, salty maritime and, above all, dry, but over time a juicy apricot dumpling emerges, light hints of sherry, subtle sulfur, a bit earthy, dusty and nutty aromas, almond bitter and hazelnut. All aromas can be found in the taste, in the mouth first the apricot dumplings then the sherry before the whisky finishes dry and maritime accompanied the nutty aromas described. The smoke has already cleared away. A very elegant and round whisky.

  43. Max70 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  44. Tordeaux scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  45. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  46. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  47. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  48. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Double Barrel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    If only i was rich enough to make this one my everyday sipper!

  50. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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  51. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very noble drop. As always with Longrow 18.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Aromatic smoke, mineral citrus notes, creme brulee, slightly nutty, forest honey
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoky and creamy, again citrus notes, typically mineral, very pleasant, warmth and spice slowly build up
    • Finish
      91 91
      The smoke remains creamy and sweet on the palate, warming for a long time, very noble

  52. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Less peaty than usual, and the nose and mouth are far sweeter than past years. This dram is complex but tightly wound together.

    Nose and mouth are similar: wet wool sweater after playing in the snow; burlap, muslin curtains, silly putty, rhubarb pie, very slight caramel, wet sand, white pepper, spices in an old fashioned dense carrot cake, molasses, sea salt, minerals that are a bit like the LB 16: paraffin, wax, clean mechanics garage, coastal brine. On the mouth only: fresh Band Aids, juniper sap, ochre. bee pollen. And bitterness on the finish that must be from the wood. It's not astringent at all but it is fairly pronounced.

    The peat is subtle. Not really much like a Longrow but in this case that is favorable. The poor man's LB 16. A bit flatter and less radiant but in the same vein. I often want more peat from a Springbank. This is in between a Springbank and a Longrow. I would call it a successful experiment. Glass is worth nosing after the dram is finished. Read a book for once as you enjoy this dram, why don't you? Sit in an old leather chair. Pet your dog's head occasionally. Consider burning that Cohiba you've been saving for a special occasion. This holiday season is shot anyway. There's no time like the present.
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    As my bottle oxydizes, the peat is picking up steam. It's becoming more Longrow-like but in a good way. I like this one!

    I prefer to drink Longrow 18 2020 after first sipping the lastest IAAS in my glass (without rinsing). I can't express how well the IAAS 3 dried effluvium compliments a small pour of the Longrow 18. It's just sublime. This said, I am not a fan of rumwood with Springbank whiskies in general. I prefer the 2018 over this year's. The 2019 said it didn't have rum, but I think it did have some rum wood. The 2018 is the purist's dram, and the 2015 is even better IMO. I gave the 2018 a score of 89. I couldn't to that high on this bottle. It's the bitter note in the finish that put me off. I couldn't bump up the 2018 Longrow 18 to a 90 so I had to go with a score of 88 for this year's release. It's quite fun and entertaining and I don't regret buying two bottles.
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    New update: I just opened a 2018 Longrow 18. I definitely like it better than the 2020. I noticed the score is considerably lower on WB. I find that interesting. I also just opened the Cadenheads Ledaig 12 54.9. I like it better slightly than a Lagavulin 12 2017 that I have open as well. The Lag is nice but it's got this sort of mid-range bombast that is less interesting and less complex than the single cask Ledaig.
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    Update: mouth note like the smell of a grungy old used car battery (the powdery cake that collects) is bringing this one down one point after being open for many months. This 2020 is not one of my favorite 18's any longer. I'm fairly sure the rum wood ruined this for me. For me, rum wood and Longrow peat do not mix well. My favorite exotic wood for the Longrow is Madeira. Im not a big fan of the Red series. but the old Longrow Madeira is among my favorite whiskies of all time . . . so so good.

    Truth be told, tho, I really do prefer just an old cask strength Longrow with no sweet woods at all. Anything 16 years or older at cask strength with maybe a combination of fresh and refill bourbon casks. Maybe a marriage of casks for that. I would love to see a small batch of something like that from Springbank.

    Here is my "desert island" perfect Longrow small batch: A fresh bourbon 16 (or 15 or 14); a refill bourbon 16 or 17 year; and a double refill 18 year that is all distillery character and no wood influence much at all. All at CS. That would be incredible. My perfect desert island dram . . . . or my underground bunker dram hiding from roaming prick squads armed with glowy luciferage under the auspices of being "humanitarians." A last rites before the end dram . . . . Long live the Scots! Long live our unsullied DNA!

  53. Wolf68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  54. sarthur71 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  56. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Consistent whisky, bourbon barrels, rum and sherry, play well together, light earthiness with sweet and sour fruit composed in smoke. Salty in taste, seafood, rum smells. I associate with the morning beach in the Dominican Republic where you can smell seaweed and salt. The finish is similar to medium long but pleasant. I'd like to try in CS

  57. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  58. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Had only a glass but already impressed with the profile and the quality of the dram. Its just delicious, but kinda not easy. The casks composition feels like whole and all integrated together, makes it for quite complex experience. I personaly love the cantaloupe melon note thar appears and disapears through the whole experience, presumably from the rum casks.
    I feel like this dram will be appreciated by experienced palate more and will be a learning experience for the beginner/intermediate drinkers. Im spoiled tonight :)

    Looking forward to see how this one improves with time in the bottle.

  59. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    i was reminded of the local barley 10.. a harmonious and well balanced whisky that is as lively as it is complex

    water benefits the nose, but undermines the taste.. can see myself drinking this wsk neat
    • Nose
      91 91
      fruits and sweet flowers, the brisk, perfume edge is almost uncanny.. chocolate, raisins and rum.. oily and the tad bit of smoke reminds of all things earthy.. coffee and cognac.. vanilla
    • Taste
      89 89
      explosive.. honey and mint drops.. thyme.. frosted sugar cubes.. rose petal jam
    • Finish
      90 90
      fragrant black licorice.. magnificent savory note (i get chocolate and ham)

  60. Alezx scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Much better than last year's Longrow 18. This one is a big hit! Very complex and finish is amazing.

  61. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    very tasty and well done, and certainly those rum casks play well -- echoes of the recent 15yo SB RW here. Unlike last year's (or was it 2018?), no hint of sulphur. Very hard to fault. drop of water doesn't go amiss, but only a little. 8/10
    • Nose
      harmonious casks, this is well put together, well matured and plainly springbankian... smoked caramel, touch of pineapple jam and prunes, good deal of dusty dunnage earth and putty (cf. 15yo SB/RW), smoked grist, rye bread, baked apple, touch of seashells, walnut oil, a little medicinal edge, double dip...
    • Taste
      arrival is mellow but it immediately bursts open with flavour. a great citrus, briny and sherbety edge gives way to a rather juicy midpalate with notable contributions from the sherry casks, slight tobacco, liquorice, dark fruit syrup, choco rum liqueurs (RBG), dunnage, and a bit of manure. finish is long and oily, a little tar, with some sea-stuff joining in (clams, oysters, shells, sand)

  62. Pinback scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    The rum is working really well in this Longrow! I like it a lot. I am a fan of the 2017 edition (only sherry and bourbon) as well. Hopefully I can compare these two soon

  63. I_am_not_HS305 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    2020s bottle containing Sherry (55%), ex-Bourbon (25%) and Rum casks (20%) (for the first time)

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