of the bottlers Sukhinder Singh is a fan of Longmorn, so no wonder he
chose this cask for this new series called "Masterpieces".
Colour: full gold.
Nose: it`s not a fruitful, exuberant Longmorn at
first nosing, we`re rather more on light toffee and cafe latte with just
a little kirsch on top of that. Coffee-Schnapps? Now, the high alcohol
may block it a bit... So, with water: water unleashed grass, tea and green
bananas, before it settles down on "ideas" of rhum agricole and apple
Mouth (neat): oh, this is one of the zestier
Longmorns ever as it starts all on lemon marmalade, lemon balm, a little
peppermint and maybe a little ginger ale. Creamy mouth feel. More
vanilla after that, a little mead, orange cake...
With water: perfect! Even zestier, orangey, with
some pink grapefruits and hints of marshmallows. Finish: not too long
but very fresh, lemony, with some "zesty herbs" in the aftertaste
Comments: maybe this baby hasn`t got the older ones`
(1968-1972) lusciousness but it`s otherwise quite perfect. Loved the
palate when diluted. - 89 points.
N: Classic bourboned Longmorn character, with fresh red apples, honey,
vanilla & coconut, then very fruity with apples, sweet grapefruit,
tinned pears and maybe even a hint of dried bananas. There`s a nuttiness
here too (brazils, hazelnuts). Water lifts some sweet pastry aromas -
think pecan pie.
P: Initially pretty big, dry and mouthfilling at full strength, with
the nuts and the oak building a rock-solid foundation and the appley
fruits making forays to the front. As the palate adjusts after a few
sips, the real nature of this whisky emerges: Smoked vanilla and cocoa;
exquisite honeyed fruitiness; an array of patisserie aromas; all resting
on a bed of impossibly well-defined oak and warming spices. Comes over
all apple pie and pink grapefruit when a few drops of water are added,
with the fruits really bursting out of the glass.
F: Good length; warm, with fading spices. Holds together well all the way to the death.
C: Initially seems a bit foreboding, quite austere and impenetrable.
Patience and a small amount of water are well rewarded as the palate
blossoms. A serious whisky requiring and deserving of one`s full
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