Longrow 13yo 51.3% Red WID: 94433 vs. Longrow 1995/2005 55.6% Tokaji WID: 529 vs. Longrow 2000/2008 55.8% Gaja Barolo WID: 1910
The red is a very tasty malt. The Longrow Rauch along with the spicy and fruity notes of Malbec. The finish tends to make the malt smoother. I just seem to have a problem with maturing in the wine barrel. Somehow, the wine often seems to me to be put on. Unfortunately, this is also the case here. But it's probably just up to me.
Now the Tokaji. Rarely had so many raisins / rum raisins with a whisky. It's really interesting. This is partly reminiscent of PX. The smoke is more reserved compared to the red. This is probably covered by the Tokaji. Then sticky in the mouth, but then the oak is there too and it gets a lot drier.
Funny part. Not bursting with harmony now, but somehow tasty. But can also understand if you don't like it that much.
With the Gaja the smoke is now more intense again. Also more intense than the red. In addition, the fruits are darker than the red, but not as dark as the tokaji. Overall, however, closer to the Tokaji. Overall, the Gaja is tart and spicy, but less dry than the Tokaji.
Interestingly, I didn't have these "wine problems" with Tokaji and Gaja
The Tokaji is a pretty extrovert colleague. You have to like it. I kind of like it.
The Gaja is on the tart and sweet side and does its job well. Also considering the age.
The Red is probably the most accessible. A good malt if I didn't have these "wine problems" more often.