Pale gold. Long spider legs form at the edge of the glass. It looks great, how viscous and oily the Longrow already looks. In the nose then initially fruity freshness. Almost amazing for two decades of maturation. Local fruits such as sweet apples, fully ripe pears and glazed grapes meet kiwis and fresh lime juice. In the background, the almost inevitable vanilla. Only then does the intense smoke that is so typical of the twice-distilled malt flow into the nose. It is present, but more restrained than one might have guessed. Very exciting for such a formal heavy smoker. 'Tobacco-like' I make a note. A blend of the scent of large tobacco leaves just arranged to roll a cigar and sweet, burning pipe tobacco. The pipe tobacco has an intense, spicy and dense nose. Since I can still hear a hint of vanilla, the scent is reminiscent of flavored tobaccos as known from Denmark. If you concentrate and let the Longrow take the stage a little longer, you will notice the smoky/peaty elements more clearly than the fruit. Leathery nuances complete the previous impressions. Very exciting aroma potpourri, I have to say. Can the taste live up to it?
To put it bluntly, he can! Even the velvety mouthfeel is exactly my thing. The malt literally lines the mouth. You almost want to chew it, it's so pleasant. Great texture! Sweet fruitiness again, albeit slightly different. Galia melons and white grape juice. The smoke is perfectly integrated. A rich, luscious taste that doesn't appear super complex or elegant, but convinces with its straightforwardness and the intensity of the individual aromas. Incidentally, the desire for more alcohol never arises.
The long, fruity aftertaste - caused by the smoke - is the icing on the cake of an extremely successful, delicious whisky. Smoky, sweetish apple compote determines the final impressions. Towards the end, everything flows into tart, woody notes. Well, two decades in the oak leave their mark. If you compare it directly with the Undisclosed Laphroaig 31yo from the Thompson Bros., which I recently tasted (Maltkanzlei #393), the Society Longrow seems a bit like the little brother of the exceptional Laphis. Very similar in profile, but less pronounced in the individual components and a little less perfect than the Laphroaig. criticism at a high level. One of those particularly fruity Longrows that I like so much.
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