Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 Jun 2011 1:34 pm

Average value

€ 193.25

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463 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.55 points

  1. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Half dried orange peel is significant, a bit musty to start with. Hay in the stable, fresh black peppers, followed by some contaminated honey. Minerals, red apples with peel, which turns brown because of oxidisation. Raw carrots and wax on the Sunkist oranges join the party later on, that's when the apples become fresher. Small amount of cinnamon and cornflakes arrive at the end.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The starting flavours are rich. Minerals mixed with apples and pears. Little bit of brine, oily body. Honey with dried leaves. Nectar becomes prominent in a few seconds, which develops into cake with icing and cream on top.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Plastic-like sweetness, feels a bit artificial momentarily. It then gives you the wax smell rather than the texture, pear peel to follow. Lightly burnt tree branches. Deeply roasted nut shell. Weak peatiness to wrap up.

  2. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Superb nose. Love this style (peaty, mineral and coastal). I could nose this for hours.
    Palate had an old school vibe. Tasty and moreish.
    • Nose
      Gentle peat, mineral notes (wet stone) and coastal notes (brine, seaweed). Oily and slightly ashy. A few lemons.
    • Taste
      Oily and zesty with a few spices (pepper, ginger). Earthy peat, citrusy notes and a nice bitterness. Yes, indeed.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, citrusy, bitter.

  3. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I really love the sophisticated nose but there's a certain roughness in the taste which keeps me from rating it higher. Very nice whisky anyway.
    • Nose
      Great nose with a smooth mixture of mineral notes (wet stone, sand), coastal notes (soft brine, seaweed) and rounder fruity notes (apple and pear). It shows a kind of gentle peatiness and balance that reminds me of some of the best (though much older) Port Ellens.
    • Taste
      Oily, with a slightly sharp peatiness. Some medicinal notes. A spicy kick (pepper and ginger) and a zesty bitterness (tonic). After this first wave the balance returns with sweeter notes of citrus candy and apple, although the bitterness never disappears completely.
    • Finish
      Long, half peppery, half sweet, half bitter (that's three halvesâ€

  4. Maltlife scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    This Longrow 18y inspired me. A total of 5cl samples were tasted in Blenders Glass. Of course, in a (subjective) rating also about 50% of the total make up the atmosphere and the like, which was consistent that evening. Nevertheless, this whisky still remains in my memory for a while. Not a little guilty is not the omnipresent appeal of smoke (for me to a large extent tobacco), which I as a connoisseur of good cigars can only resist with difficulty. Maybe it will eventually be a whole bottle, but certainly another sample.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A depth of aromas, rather complex. After pouring fruit (light, has something of banana) is wide. Later on: Strong leather and tobacco aromas (the former remind me of the brown leather seats in our car, the second the scent of opening my humidor, dark Maduro wrapper and cold cigar smoke), the smell hits me in a positive sense and hits you Nerve with me. There is a sweetness like mirabelle plums and a little powdered sugar with light vanilla. Then something like the first mandarins in winter, very slightly citrusy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pleasant start. Just as pleasant sweetness and immediately echoes of cigar / tobacco-like. Again something like a summery fruit salad, where you first bite on one of the contained banana slices. Very light touch of vanilla and the sweetened Kellogs cornflakes. Then, in a pleasant way, slightly bitter and something "grubby", as if passing the open front door of his favorite pub with wooden floor, in which some tobacco products have been smoked all day and the ashtrays are getting full. Again interesting and complex. Defined as cigar smoke, I would describe this whisky as absolutely creamy.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium. Very pleasant for me. The alcohol is as good as not noticeable. Slight bitterness (pleasant), a little barrel, again catching the always perfectly resonating smoke, which plays with my senses and memories.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found another dram in a commercial advents calendar.  In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I
    took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender

  6. alectron scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    (Blind) Springbank Tasting with Ranald Watson (02.2012), plus second 'open' pass on another occasion.
    • Nose
      First of: unusual, waxed paper, mineral, gunpowder (unlit), ethanol, plastic/paraffin, turns more smoky/peaty after a short time, brine, citrus fruits, (85)
      Later: oily,vanilla, apricots,  linseed oil, a touch of beeswax. (89)
    • Taste
      interesting, quite salty & mineral but turning  creamy quickly when going into the finish, cinnamon, smoke, vanilla, (87)
    • Finish
      a very brief bitter note occasionally, then again cinnamon, but also turning quite fruity now with citrus & mango, wood & spices, increasing dryness towards the end and also some tobacco leaves come through in the dryness. Extra points for unique-ness... (91)

  7. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This 18-year-old Longrow is a double distilled, heavily peated single malt. The first distillation was carried out as an experiment when the
    Springbank chairman set out to prove that it was possible to produce an
    Islay-style single malt whisky on the mainland. This experiment produced a whisky so special that Longrow was distilled
    again a few years later and has become an important part of the
    Mitchell`s portfolio, with regular distillation having taken place since
    1992. The barley used in the production of Longrow is entirely peat dried, giving the whisky a wonderfully smokey, peaty character.

  8. hsmithjr scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice attempt at an aged Longrow.  I wonder how this would have been with more of a sherry influence?  I bet it would have been stellar.
    • Nose
      Earthy (dirt and wet rocks).  Ripe orchard fruits. Peat smoke. Burnt apple pie. Old tar. Oatmeal with milk. A day at the beach.
    • Taste
      Oily an peaty, but not overly so.  Sweet, but sour apples.  Poblano peppers.  Honey glazed ham.  Sea salt, then some cardamon. Hints of citrus (small hints).
    • Finish
      Peppery and spicy.  Very earthy (again).  Peat.  Smoked meat.

  9. Shumwai scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Overall an excellent dram in the high Port Ellen League. Only few of those Longrow-ish rough edges - actually quite refined but full of character.
    • Nose
      Lovely: Sweet-salty brine with seriously medicinal peat smoke. Assertive and robust, but with a well-settled character. Fresh warm tar, ripe fruits, pine resin. Not very far from early Port Ellen DL OMC.
    • Taste
      Smooth but strong, very deep medicinal and sweet flavours. Very succulent, almost slippery.
    • Finish
      A bit earthier now, peatier, very long and warm. More vanilla, less sweet.

  10. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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


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