Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.61/100
votes
499
Whiskybase ID
WB22834
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
2280
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
11/181
Barcode
610854657000
Added on
01 jun 2011 1:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 311.55

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Whisky reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

41 users have left 43 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.61 points.

  1. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.

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  3. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Terrific
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Odinson scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91
      Realy great old style Longrow,with a perfect balance between the peat and fruity notes,a nice thick and oily mouthfeel...
      Love it

  6. dramidaris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. saothangbay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. JJKATED scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  11. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • 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
      89 89
      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.

  12. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    reasonably soft with regard to peat, its very tasty, but does not have many surprises, which is a good thing sometimes
    • Nose
      87 87
      soft smoke, black tea, apple. fatty, complex, hint of peat, caramel perhaps, grass and wet branches
    • Taste
      88 88
      minerally, bonfire, sweet peat, pth, oily, light delicate fruit tones
    • Finish
      87 87
      oily, coating, oaky, peat, salty liquorice, rather long, delicate white pepper edge

  14. 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.

  15. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Bretorianer scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. 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
    again.

  19. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2012]  I had this dram during a birthday tasting of a friend.

    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.  Unfortunately I took no detailed notes.

  20. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really, really a top whisky. Quality is on the schedule, as is often the case with Springbank. We can always say that it is not given for an 18 years old, but frankly, hard not to love if we love peat, an atypical profile, an evolving nose wishes ... Super whisky, a pleasure from beginning to end.
    • Nose
      Peat fat and farmhouse, it smells of stables! Cherry, aromatic herbs, a nice minerality. Past the very stable side (which I love), it is very fresh, very fruity, overripe yellow fruits, limit rotten. Light veil of soft smoke. What a nose!
    • Taste
      Explosive attack, peppery, the rotten fruit of the nose come in force, then this fat peat mixed with smoke, very oily mouth and smooth texture. Small mineral kick drying on the end of the mouth.
    • Finish
      Long, salty and tingling on the cheeks and tart. Bitter orange.

  21. huggy bear scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N- Peat monster. Exciting (offensive to some) burnt rubber and tar hit on the face. Fiery and decay notes drifting at the back with well built puffy olorosso notes. After breath, softer burnt aroma of turf, young mango acidic emerge and interplay with dry and tannic grape skins. Good evolving character and very complex.P- Hefty brewed coffee and dark chocolate to the fore, follow by oily unsalted butter and exotic fruits.F- Long and complex, oily new leather with very lasting turfy peat on the tails.— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Feel the two (different) distillation! Sophisticated but strong. Sweet peat bomb. A real icon for me. With water it will be "dirty" on the nose, but it's good, on the taste there is some Unicum notes (hungarian bitter liqueur).
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke, salt, herbals, citruses, plum jam, black tea, basement smell
    • Taste
      Butterscotch, camphor, peat and fresh citrus, salt, tobacco, rubber
    • Finish
      Long and creamy with herbals, bitter speices, peat and sweet fruits

  24. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. Chano scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Notes from a rather "extended" Springbank tasting... towards the end.
    • Nose
      Peatsmoke, chokolate and hay.
    • Taste
      Tangy-sweer plums, a little rubber? I can't read the rest.
    • Finish
      Oily long with plums

  26. Toffie76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    super balanced and complex.
    • Nose
      farm peat, stewed fruit, smoke, farm peat and fat. What a nose! Dry fruits, tobacco, leather, dry spices (rosmarin, thyme). A vegetal touch (mousse, sap). Fleshy (cooked vegetable).
    • Taste
      peat, smoke. leather. A lot of salt, cereals too. A small peppered / metallic passage in the middle of development. Walnuts, almonds, a little vanilla, spices. A fine and pleasant bitterness.
    • Finish
      long and malty. always a little bitterness. smoke and peat persist.

  27. Palindrome scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Weak, Tarry ropes, heather, tundra flowers, curdled milk, caramel.

    Mouth: Very balanced attack that yields to camphor, bees wax, butterscotch, mild peat, no smoke, Silver Needle white tea, treacle.

    Finish: More of the same. Smoke comes through at last on the death along with a kiss of peat and sweet.

    I paid well over two hundred dollars for this bottle. I can say, with confidence, that it was worth about what it goes for on Master of Malt ($110) but not much more.

    For those in the UK, it's a great great deal. For those of us in the US, it rots like a canker. Yes, money does make a difference. This "broth" is weak and lackluster. At cask strength it would have been a doozy but at 46% it feels spent, weak, and watery.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  29. hartist scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For peat lovers, another approach than islay, but devilishly well done and attractive.
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity and peaty. Traces of soot, smoke, mineral beach notes, ripe fruit.
    • Taste
      Fat with a fruity-peaty a little astringent but sweetness takes over after.
    • Finish
      Long on smoke-fruity peat, bitter oranges, a little pepper.

  30. FineSpirits_butler1 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very slow and elegant malt with a big and very long-lasting crescendo in intensity.

    Deep Longrow character with emerges out of light and dark fruits and peaty, earthy flavors with chocolate and fresh oranges ...

    Very recommendable and relaxing!

    The tasted bottle is the 2012 version.

    See this version -  (12/155).
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  31. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very special dram! Unique! A very deep Longrow! Very complex! Very interesting, too! Very satisfying! 

    Not, what you may expect, but really wonderful!

    Complex nose, round taste, satisfying finish … -

    very recommendable!

    (bottle code 12/155) 

    … and Kay Meertens is right: a whiff of sulphur … (just in the nose!)

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1.
    • Nose
      Springbank character clearly, apples, peat, plum jam, cereals, wax, dark chocolate, heat, sour orange, ocean beach: salt, sand, pebbles, etc., quince, also Reneglo, moss and forest smell (resin, pine cones) - gradually takes over the typical Longrow-character guide ... - 'deeper' Longrow, herbs (herbal liqueur), spicy herbs, rubbing alcohol, memory of caramelized cherry rum pot, tannins, mocha chocolate, basement smell (even wine cellars), cold black tea, later some caramel.
    • Taste
      … an impressive crescendo! 

      Freshness of citrus fruits, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, spice, peat, saltiness, (cigar) tobacco, rum pot, indefinite fruits (very hidden), plums, also some sweetness, wood, bread dough, wax, leather, coffee set, mocha set, 'vegetable' (Kohlrabi?) ..., pine needles , earthy, 'peat-chocolate', herbal sharpness, quince, orange, fresh wood dust, a little smoked?, becoming fiery with the 2. sip, some smokey notes appear ...
    • Finish
      Slow - a lot of time! Wide. 

      Creamy. Warm.

      Earthy, wax, bitter chocolate, herbs and spices, salt, leather, becoming sweeter; not too dry.

  33. Mushinico scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Jimjam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is billed as “heavily peated” on the label but certainly doesn't taste it. The smoke has moved into the background and become subtle and integrated during the 18 years in cask. This has a less overtly coastal character than the Springbanks I've tried so far, but the sea is still there, and the gorse flower nose is pronounced as with other Springbanks
    • Nose
      Buttercups and gorse flowers. Light but honeyed citrus-lime drizzle. Well-integrated peat behind. Sponge cake with lemon icing. Very subtle. Hints of nail polish, pinewood. Mineral and salt notes too: like wet beach pebbles drying in the sun. Something vegetal: fresh seaweed?
    • Taste
      Luscious, honey-rounded, lemon and orange citrus sponge cake, smoke notes
    • Finish
      Tongue-tang citrus fading to leave soft wood, honey and gentle smoke at the finish

  35. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    More subtle and notably less peaty than its predecessor (ID 3159). Both have a waxiness in common that I don't generally associate with Longrow. Its successor (bottle code 12/155) has more sherry (including a whiff of sulphur), slightly more peat and less of the wax I mentioned.
    • Nose
      Lime, red apple, apricot, honey, red berry, peat ash, vanilla, beeswax, yellow raisin, leather, banana and limestone.
    • Taste
      Lime, apple, beeswax, orange, yellow raisin, vanilla, leather, banana, marzipan, peat and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Lime, apple, peach, leather, vanilla, cinnamon and peat smoke.

  36. cuhp scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    More smoky and edgy than expected and less balanced
    • Nose
      Leather, smoke, quite sweet, apples, cigar boxes 
    • Taste
      Salt, leather, smoke, licorice, cigar boxes 
    • Finish
      Salt, leather, licorice, smoke, bitter

  37. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: floral, fruity - yellow fruits and mint
    T: extremely fruity - banana, peach, briny, chocolate mouse, cassis and smoke
    F: long with peat, liquorice, a bit dry and mango
    tasted with Aby
    samples available on www.whiskysample.nl

  38. aby scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    overall: nice oily nose and great fruity taste with a bit of smoke, good finish  90 points

    sample available on: whiskysample.nl

  39. Furtia scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. 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)

  41. 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€

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

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