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Longrow 21-year-old

Overall rating
89.05/100
votes
170
Whiskybase ID
WB170358
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
20.10.2020
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
95% Sherry, 5% Bourbon
Number of bottles
3600
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
20/131
Barcode
610854003869
Added on
19 nov 2020 7:02 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 685.72

70 × in wishlist

170 × member ratings

430 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 21-year-old

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.05 points

  1. InbhirNis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sampled tonight at the Good Spirits Co. virtual tasting.

    This is excellent - 90s across the board from me.

    The nose is really unusual, with loads of coal smoke (it really is like nosing a bag of anthracite) and dirty concrete.

    The coal translates into the palate, which is incredibly oily.

    And the continuity of flavour holds on into the finish, which delivers dusty smoke for a long time.

    A beautifully composed and coherent, old-school dram.

  2. Yarema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Closed and uninteresting nose without development. Distantly reminiscent of Springbank's rubbery shades.
    The taste is bitter and dry. Feeling of old shabby wood. The aftertaste is characterless and rather weak.
    It’s even somehow strange that it was bottled and sold. Precisely for this money it makes no sense to buy it.

    Nose - 21
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 86
    P.S. - Sober Attempt # 2 Breathing bottle is much better. But not a masterpiece. Everything is a little bit better ... 87 So if you drink it with a bottle, but not with samples...
    Nose - 21,5
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21,5
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 87
    P.S. - Not a very sober attempt # 3. The breathable bottle enhances the aroma, but the base of the taste is missing somewhere. Again 86
    Nose - 21,5
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 21,5
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 86

  3. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Mmh ... don't really convince me. The musty side predominates and the smoke has broken down too much.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Orange concentrate, bitter orange peel and zest, musty cowshed, musty peat notes, musty warehouse, slightly maritime, the smoke is rather weak
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very mild start, creamy, again orange notes, slightly bitter, gradually smoke comes up, chocolaty, even with time in the mouth very pleasant without a bite or dryness
    • Finish
      87 87
      Here again a musty cowshed at the beginning, slightly smoky orange notes stay creamy and spicy on the palate

  4. drummer & timmer scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The typical deliciously filthy Springbank profile with the smoke subtly in the background.
    Precisely balanced and elegant.
    Like a healthy Scottish farm girl with curves and style who knows when to shut up.
    Can't detect the 5% bourbon in it and yet it may be just that which makes it so special.
    Fantastic.
    No water needed.

  5. whisky_garage scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is closed, sweetish. Oily, coniferous - herbal motives, barnyard, dried fruits, minerality, spices, duchess. Noble tobacco shades, dusty barn, red orange and some industrial notes.
    The taste is sweet with bitterness. Smoky - citrus duo, light minerality, ash, shades of chocolate, spicy spices, barrel.
    The finish is longer than average. Spicy spices, ash, berry sourness, woody - tobacco history, pleasant bitterness.
    Conclusion: It seems to be not bad on the one hand, but on the other it is not very good. The aroma is closed, twisted it, twisted it this way and that, it does not want to go into dialogue, it also has no desire to develop, everything that it gave out at the first meeting, it will take all yours and then look back. Taste with a finish does not please with a palette of tastes, rather rustic for 21 years. The release of 2019 is inferior enough.
    Evaluation with great interference.

  6. dandan798 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Slightly smoky, has something of a cowshed, nutty, sour cherries, berries, dark spices, old wood, cloves, dark chocolate, some tobacco, citrus, herbs, light alcoholic mint
    • Taste
      91 91
      Berries, cherries, sherry, honey, spices, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, fresh tobacco, some more cowshed (musty hay?), Citrus, dried apricot, tarragon, some smoke
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry, wood and spices, strong, oily, some sherry fruit, sawdust, leather, walnut shells - long-lasting

  7. 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.

  8. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blender glass.
    I think it's really tasty and really good. But for a 21 year old Campletown at the price, something is missing. In particular, percentages and a ticking more width, but also depth. Still a very, very nice pleasure whisky.
    • Nose
      89.5
      I like the nose in the Blenders very, very much. Exciting mixture of smoke, orange, a bit maritime.
      In any case, extremely round.
      I lack the depth and complexity a bit. It is so round and smells so delicious that I could smell it for hours, but unfortunately I could fall asleep with a satisfied grin.
      After 20 minutes a lot of the salt, maritime, sweet note of a very soft, but ripe Laga, without any lushness, whereby the smoke has taken a back seat.
    • Taste
      Wonderful profile, so soft and round, this mixture of mild, salty sweetness. Here again, the smoke is only very distant.
      It doesn't offer much and not in the face, but with time it does become a really strong malt.
    • Finish
      88.5
      A bit of sweet, saltiness remains on the palate, but the finish is not really long for 21 years. With time in the glass, however, the finish becomes wider.

  9. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  10. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The entrance is a little dirty, too much Shirley's sulfur
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. Bosi scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    A great bottling where the smoke is never in the foreground but is always present. The fact that this is a Longrow is clearly recognizable and therefore offers the flavors to be expected. A must for every Longrow fan.
    • Nose
      Before I perceive the smoke, notes of slightly burnt caramel, toasted toast and fruity sherry first stand out. I only notice the well-described cowshed very subtly. With time, aromas of wet tobacco and graphite appear. The smoke never comes to the fore, but is always present and beautifully integrated. The typical Springbank mustiness hovers over everything.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is wonderfully oily and offers notes of red apple, oranges and some pepper. One cannot deny the whisky a slight dryness. The smoke is subtle and tends towards charcoal.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long for the 46%. Aromas of honey and dark chocolate remain. The whisky is wonderfully warming.

  13. hzs275 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  14. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    21+ 22+ 22 22 88

    excellent tasty drinking whisky, in the festival format so far such an assessment, there would be more time and Drams)))

  15. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What can I say?

    Ingenious bottling.
    • Nose
      Really deep dark fruit notes, accompanied by marzipan, ashy smoke, leather and tar. Holy Moly. And that after just sniffing it for the first time. The longer you smell it, the deeper it looks. Dark chocolate, nutmeg, toasted flavors. Very dark, sweet and creamy at the same time. Plum compote, dates and figs come to mind. Juicy dark berries / jelly with some coffee and vanilla shake. Blueberries, blackberries and wild raspberries - all sugared and boiled down. Has a mystical effect. And at the same time playful and lovely. Extremely impressive!
    • Taste
      Here the smoke comes out clearly. It presents itself dry and reminiscent of ashes again. One thinks of a grooved wooden barrel or black, cracked logs after a campfire. And the berries - there they are again! The dark fruit notes are also represented here, the delicious plum compote is again combined with coffee and cream for men. Dark, gloomy, mystical and at the same time lovely, sugary, even reminiscent of dessert. Where can you find such an outstanding balance and complexity so quickly? The people from Springbank impress me (as so often) with an absolute blast.
    • Finish
      Optimal. Coffee, smoke, dark fruits. Nothing more to say about it.

  16. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Icing sugar. Sweet smoke, set with vanilla, with a zest of lemon and a few drops of plum juice. Coconut ice cream. Iodine, but very fine. Then again white fruits, candied. Cane syrup. On the palate, a beautiful intensity, spices, leather, yellow plums, quinces. Raisins. Paprika, cumin, ginger. The finish leaves me a little over my hunger, very greedy however, sponge cake, pastry cream, vanilla éclairs, icing. Some farmhouse reflections, but very discreet. Dry straw, gray earth.

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

  17. Syleo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Opinions on this 21 are very far apart - unfortunately I have to say that it couldn't fully convince me, even if the mixture of creamy chestnuts, vanilla sugar and cocoa with the smoky note that has been clearly tamed after 21 years is quite exciting. Maybe the competition in the lineup was just too strong on this tasting evening.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  19. geriud scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  20. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  22. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21.5, taste 21.5, finish 21.5, balance 21.5

  23. jvanopstal scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Impressive whisky
    • Nose
      84 84
      Oranges and chocolate with a slight amount of smoke
    • Taste
      83 83
      Slightly bitter and creamy with orange and a touch of smoke
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long and impressive

  24. Pie3k scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  25. ralle1968 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A gentle smoke transports nut and oak as aromas. The sweetness and spiciness of oak and tobacco on the palate, then very dry sherry and a bit of fermenting apple in the aftertaste. A velvet aroma cover distributes the changing taste to all receptors. A small miracle for the nose, a big one for the mouth and tongue, a remarkable event long after the glass has been emptied.

  26. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  27. OJK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Coal smoked chocolate orange, cinnamon and chilli, mushrooms and herbs, chicken stock and citrus.

  28. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  29. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very profound 21 year old. The smoke is a pleasant companion. You don't have to take this whisky apart, just enjoy it. In addition, a long finish, successful for me - 02/12/2021
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoky, oily, mineral, reminds me of lime or rubble, yellow fruits, dried mirabelle plums, herbs, chocolate-covered almonds
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very watery texture, the mineral note is very dominant, smoked salmon, light citrus notes, banana leaves, charcoal and smoky towards the end
    • Finish
      88 88
      Lang

  30. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  31. heinzi scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    smoke, oil, super craft,

  32. -sAxo- scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The aroma is more or less good, though weak (expected more), but the taste is sour-bitter-prickly, as if chewing a grapefruit peel ... the aftertaste is not remembered, quite short 22-21,5-21,5-22

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