Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Calculated age
41 years old
1st fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
van Wees
Added on
26 Aug 2011 8:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 4194.46

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Whisky Reviews for Longmorn 1969 GM

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.62 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful longmorn which was allowed to mature for 41 years in a 1st Fill Sherry Butt and absorbed a variety of wonderful sherry flavors. Despite its high age, the Longmorn has an extremely high alcohol content which gives it a powerful and voluminous character. 41 years of storage in a 1st Fill Sherry Butt, I do not need to mention more after my notes, for me this bottling is one of the best and most balanced malts I ever tasted! A dream, I am thrilled and flashed!

    24/24/24/24 (96P)

    Edit: Still, a tiny puddle of longmorn is resting next to me in the glass, I allow myself a few more minutes this fantastic nose and then this wonderful sample is unfortunately history ...
    • Nose
      Wonderfully clear amber glitters and shines in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter sticks an oily streak from the solve in slow motion syrupy "legs" and with relish back flow back into the glass. After watching the drops on their way for a few minutes, dark dried fruit flavors suddenly tear me from my lethargy. Dried fruits and grapes appear vigorously at the first nose, old vineyard peaches and zests of dried orange peel mix with caramelized sugar and incredibly sweet fruit flavors. Blackcurrants and blackberries distribute a sour, tart fruit compote, followed by dark black sour cherries. Nut chocolate and hints of old leather appear. Long oily "legs" are still sticking to the glass wall, optically and olfactorily, the Longmorn shows its best side and sets high standards. After a few minutes, spicy wood tones and lightly Christmas spices come into their own, creamy toffee and a hint of fresh mint come to the fore, milk chocolate and wet leather in the background combine to form a sweet and tart mixture. The alcohol is wonderfully harmoniously integrated despite 59.4% and tickles only occasionally in the nose, I could smell for hours on this complex and complex nose. Slowly, my salivation begins, I look forward to the first contact in the mouth ...
    • Taste
      Herb and powerful flow sweet caramel and spicy dark wood elements over the tongue, wooden sharpness flows through the palate while voluminous heat spoils the entire mouth area. A pinch of pepper dissolves from the sticky wooden sharpness on the palate and tickles lightly on the tongue, spicy and dark oak note dominate the taste at the moment. After a while juicy plums and old oranges come to the fore, caramelized almost burnt sugar rests on the tongue. The second sip is also evident from its powerful and voluminous side. Sweet dried berries rest briefly on the tongue, then wooden sharpness combined with spicy pepper envelops the tongue. Dark wood elements stick to the palate, old leather and slightly sweet tobacco dissolve, the high alcohol content of 59.4% heats the entire mouth properly. Leather and tobacco are increasingly coming to light, cedar and raisins are floating in saliva, old walnuts are playing with a handful of hazelnuts. Powerful and complex blurring now taste and aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Leather, walnuts and creamy oak tones float in the saliva, dried tobacco sticks to the palate. Sweet berries and grapes are flashing up again and again, associations with darkened rooms, humidors and old leather armchairs emerge. Creamy, the wonderfully complex flavors spread in the mouth, the aftertaste gives the presumption as if he never wanted to end!

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A rather reputable bottle made famous by the usually stingy-scoring proprietor of MyAnnoyingOpinions.com, who actually is not really that annoying. He's one of the best whisky reviewers out there.... if you know, you know. Unfortunately, he also reviews food.

    I traded for 2 oz sample of this with a 2oz sample of the Brora 32yo bottled 2011 (10th release). Yes, I also have a bottle of this deep in the bunker, just in case the real apocalypse hit.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Helloooo! This is good stuff. I'm not gonna be one of those contrarian asshole. Great, great sherry nose -- a bit of a cross between a great, old sherry whisky and a great modern sherry whisky. Its attack is relentless here, waves of good smelling smell, very fresh, very aromatic. Exemplary ABV. Every whisky should have a 59.4% alcohol content IMHO! Very sweet cherries, grape juice, some Ribena for sure, some milk chocolates, and some earthiness in the background, which I adore in my sherried whiskies.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Wowwee!. Very fruity. Good oak. Awesome sherry cask. Slightly dry for sure, but really, I'm just nitpicky. All the flavors from the nose, plus some tobacco and lots of leather.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Not perfect. Close to perfect though. This is unfortunately a bit oaky at the end. Perfection does not exist, booo.

      Let's be honest. A great sherried cask, old Longmorn really cannot be beat, if you are into that kind of thing, and I am very much into that kind of thing.

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A nice slap. Both in terms of taste and power.
    If we stay on a classic sherry bomb, it is precisely this power that adds to the complexity, without breaking the balance despite the abundance of spices.
    On the other hand, you have to love wood to appreciate it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very powerful nose. You can smell alcohol, it stings.
      Burnt wood, caramel, licorice, oily leather, spices, cloves, nutmeg, toasted almonds, light moist earth, cocoa.
      Tobacco, cigar, pepper.

      With water the wood is more present, but we also have a little more fruit and dry grass. Raspberry and red cherry. Cocoa is also more present.
    • Taste
      93 93
      In the mouth we stay on a slightly dirty side.
      It is also more fruity than on the nose.
      Fig, prune, blackcurrant, black cherry, plum, quetsche.
      All these fruits are cooked and jammed.
      Oily leather, noble wood and its varnish.
      Cinnamon, cocoa, liquorice, cloves, anise. It's very spicy.

      With water the fruit is fresher and more acidic. The wood is magnificent.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish on tobacco, honey, undergrowth, cocoa powder.
      It's sweet, with a touch of smoke and molasses.

  4. HermanWJS scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Extremely powerful - water recommended - not too fruity but has a good sweetness with woody notes and also a specific leathery note that is unique and surprisingly good - great!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Intense old oak wood, spices, cloves, nutmeg, coffee, burned sugar, whiffs of leather and smoke - very good
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, oily, sirupy, good sweetness, nutty, dried fruits, plums, prunes, again some leather notes but actually good ones, toffee, milk chocolate, oak wood, more spices - great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, burning, even more punchy, more dried fruits, more of old woody notes, not drying

  6. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    You have to give this old boy time. But then. Among other things, I sit in front of this malt for two hours and smell and taste and smell and taste and smell ... The Longmorn is getting better, sweeter, rounder, without losing any oak and leather substance. If I had more than the 4cl sample, I would also test with some water and in a large Bordeaux glass. But it is not necessary, because the amazing 59.4% after 41 years in Sherrybutt are already perfect in this combination. A great single malt.
    • Nose
      After almost an hour in the glass, the initially noticeable slight acidity has largely disappeared. The heavy oak barrel aroma can be felt, dry sherry, leather. Everything very ripe, set, dark wood paneling. The more intense you smell it, the more overripe blackberries will appear. The 59.4% (!) Of Malts, who spent 41 years in a 1st Fill Sherry Butt, are very well integrated - only a slight freshness is felt, nothing sharp or dominant alcoholic. And the longer, the more oak-sweet. He works a lot in the fresh air.
    • Taste
      Gorgeous, this age sparkling that spreads after a second or two. Then follow oak, a surprisingly intense plum fruit, some leather, fresh basil and a little wax is also there. Already very good - and in the second wave again sweet, fresh, strong, oak.
    • Finish
      In the long finish is initially also the plum sweetness present, paired with old leather. Then follow, of course, basil herb and oak of the "old" variety. Intensive. Wonderful.

  7. XorLophaX scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 91/100 points - "Best Friends Whisky". A true fruit bomb with beautiful sweetness. Very complex and intense. Needs water and lots of air. Then he rewards with 10000 armons. Great. But expensive. Link to the tasting on my blog: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/57
    • Nose
      complex, intense sherry nose. Strong berries (blackberries, currants, blueberries) and at the same time a hint of exotic fruits (blood orange). At first clearly alcoholic, hardly woody. Sweet with water, even more fruity and deeper. More complex. It opens with some water and air, plenty of air. Then a plump fruit basket comes to the fore, accompanied by a candied sweetness. Very beautiful.
    • Taste
      Palate: A force. Complex, intense. Here, the taste buds first have to come to terms with it and analyze. He is very heavy and fruity after dark berries, berry jam, as well as sweet, but not sticky sweet. Somewhat well integrated, slightly mouldered wood. Much less than expected. There is so much to explore. But still a bit closed. With water and plenty of air, it opens up suddenly and brings as a reward the full load of berry fruit, paired with candy, some mocha comes to light. The wood remains surprisingly discreet in the background. He is pleasantly sweet, not sweet.
    • Finish
      Finish: This finish never ends. Very much fruit, nice sweetness.

  8. tuntime scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    http://myannoyingopinions.com/2014/12/31/longmorn-1969/Longmorn 41, 1969-2011 (59.4%; Gordon & Macphail for van Wees; first fill sherry butt 5294; from a purchased sample)
    Nose: Dark orange marmalade, dried tangerine peel, fig jam, apricots. Below that there’s some leather (old books), and just a bit of wood. After a minute there’s some brighter citrus peeping through (lemon) and some fried plantains as well. Just a bit of roasted malt too. Just lovely. More tropical fruit as it sits—mango leather with salt (an Indian thing)—and some dark maple syrup as well. With even more time it gets quite sticky with the fig jam mixed in with some heavily reduced plum sauce. With water it’s brighter with more honey, but also more brightly tropically fruity: straight up mango now and kaffir lime peel. And now there’s toffee and milk chocolate as well.Palate: Colossal. The roasted malt makes the first showing but then the fruit starts expanding and expanding and expanding. Everything from the nose is here and it’s even more intense. As on the nose, it brightens as it goes and picks up some salt on the way. On the second sip the fruit is the first to arrive and now it turns tropical quite fast with mango, guava and overripe pineapple. The roasted malt and the wood now provides the frame for the fruit and there’s some roasted spices too (cumin and a hint of cinnamon). Insanely drinkable and expressive at full strength. A few more small sips and I’ll add some water. As on the nose it gets stickier and sweeter as it sits (think brown sweetness: melted jaggery). Somehow brighter and even stickier with water. More pineapple now but ringed with burnt sugar.Finish: Long. Forever long. Nothing new develops but all that insanely good stuff from the palate slowly fades out. Maybe picks up a little more salt as it goes. With water there’s much more lime on the finish but those tropical notes have the last word.
    Comments: How does barley turn into this? Alchemy is real.Rating: 95 points.

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sweet spices, oak, dark and dried fruits, typical 70s gm longmorn, are they not all very good or excellent?

  10. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately only had 2cl and was too lazy to write notes ...
    Just sit back and enjoy.


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