Longmorn 1965 GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Celtic Series - Book of Kells
Stated Age
46 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
51.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Germany Germany
Added on
07 dec 2011 6:17 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2292.50

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Whisky reviews for Longmorn 1965 GM

25 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.28 points.

  1. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nosing using Blender's Glass, and Glencairn.

    Extremely intricate and complex, with that killing freshness all over the fruitiness. Can't brain how a 46-year-old malt matured in 1st fill sherry butt can be so vibrant and lively on the nose, and it's not wood driven at all!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Extremely rich and flavorful, big and loud sour plum integrated with the old school fresh sherry notes. Smell of concentrated soy sauce, reminds me of my field day at Bidor Kwong Heng factory (one of the major soy sauce factory in Malaysia) many years ago. Waves and waves of multi-layered dried fruits (figs, prunes, plums, dates). Behind the heavy sherry notes, there are hints of leather with slight tad of rubbery, and faint saltiness. After some time, the fruitiness is more expressive and intriguing, coupled with some lovely waxiness and sourness. The Glencairn brings out more of the leathery, cocoa and funky notes. The mustiness adds another dimension to the nose which is very well integrated with the other aromas.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full and rich and vibrant. Umami! The soy sauce note is quite loud in the arrival, with all the dried fruits described in the nose follow behind. Dark chocolate, various nuts, licorice. Lots of spices as well. Some sweet tropical fruits appears after a few sips.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Never ending dried fruits and nuttiness, rather waxy as well. Dark chocolate, some leather and rubber. Fruity and tannins. Very long finish.

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  3. prestonclub scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    A highly complex whisky bringing together all the classics of sherry casks, namely cocoa, red fruits, candied fruits. Added to this is an impressive tannic power reminiscent of the bottom of a bottle of red wine.

    The finish is peppery and slightly woody. It's well done but perhaps spent a little too long in the barrel, the wine will have marked the whisky too much.

  4. -sAxo- scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Quite majestic tropical fruits, sherry, deep and aged, lots of precious woods. Musk.
    • Taste
      Rich and fruity, dried plums, very sweet but very woody as well, felt thin-bodied, still great.
    • Finish
      Fermented beancurd, mints, sake odors, dark chocolates.

  6. jykoo scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Thanks @Whisky.HEdonist.MY for the dram.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Intense, sweet dried fruit, prune, fig, raisin, marmalade, honey. Some damp wool, wet stone and old leather. Let it brief for another 15 mins, I start to get a lot more freshness. Peach, black currant; some fresh herb like basil, little hint of mint and candied ginger. Even some chinese traditional medicine, ginseng, licorice, chrysanthemum. I don't really get those oxidative note from sherry wine, it more like a Botrytised wine like sauternes or takaji.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dry, rich and some oily texture.I like the bitterness, it is strong but pleasant, like a 95% dark chocolate with a hint of sourness.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish,still sweet and fruity. Now only I get the sandalwood like oakiness

  7. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    For the most part, I would say this smells better than it tastes.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Fragrant. Acidic. Like sniffing into an earthen pot of fermented kimchi but after breathing fresh air, the feels takes me to an old pantry in the middle of nowhere, where cows and chickens roam freely. That is the smell of the proper countryside farm.

      Basically, its like a poultry farm in a dried, sparse vegetative scene.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sour but rich and flavorful, sherry, old wet dog fur, chicken coop, licorice, sour plums, fermented rice vinegar, lots of old dusty shelves, cupboards, books, and rugs that have not seen light in decades.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Bitter fruit, where both oak and earth meet. One could just say it's a pile of wet soil.

  8. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bold and delicious!

    Especially the nose, with layers of flavors and almost perfect oak integration. The best part is add in some water will bring out the vibrant rose syrup in the palate! This is very close to a 93 for me, will try it again soon!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense plum with good ol' sherry, tons of berries, sweet dark chocolate, sherry soaked matches. Then layers dried fruits such as figs, raisins, dates hints of leather with excellent polished oak (feels like non-existence but it's very well integrated)
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fairly vibrant for such an old whisky! Tons of dried fruits, especially figs, sherry socked matches, orange concentrate, some leather, very umami and very close to a Turkish delight. (with water) Rose syrup!!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Fairly long, with some marmalade, cinnamon, figs, and some honey. Quite minty afterwards, which is good!

  9. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Concentrated citrus sauce, honey syrup, sandalwood bracelets, the aroma is tightly sandwiched between one layer, as if endless power is coming to you, very rich. When you are still intoxicated by the fragrance just now, the next bomb has been ignited in the cup, and the surging smell of medicinal materials, ginseng, angelica, rehmannia, and donkey-hide gelatin are all in one. There is no denying that it amazed me how much.

    Drink: Medium-bodied, very complex taste, citrus, syrup, all kinds of top medicinal materials, various details, super long rhyme, and it will not fade away for a long time in the endless medicinal materials.

    Overall: Undoubtedly, the evidence is solid, the Over Oak is severe, and the hardship is severe, so I should go to the prison and never see you again in my life. But there is a grandma, a pharmacist in my family, who has been with me almost throughout my childhood, which makes me too familiar with the taste of Chinese medicine. So two of the subjective scores are directly filled by me, but it is still difficult to save the other sub-items.

    ps: This is another note of sharing the bottle I drank. It is completely different from the first experience. This time I only gave 86 points.

  10. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: The blood-red pulp came to me like a burst, highly mature without losing vitality, fresh, complex, red raspberry, wine, blackcurrant, mulberry, raspberry, cloves, chocolate, and a little Smoke floated in the sky. The expressiveness and alcohol feel are just right, and the sweetness and sourness are also perfectly balanced. I want to mention the word "organic", how can there be such a vivid fruity taste in whisky, even more fruity than real fruit. The Longmorn of 69,72,73 has more passion fruit, but it is all red and black berry fruits, and you can find different berries every time you put it close to your nose.

    Drink: The wine body is light, but at the same time it has a little oily feel. The expressiveness is still very good in the mouth. The sweet and sour berries, the hawthorn continue to output. The traces of tannin enrich the structure, and the ending rhyme is spice, chocolate, wood, hahaha, it really reminds me of hemp.

    Overall: I still have a trace of regret for this bottle in my heart, but I am more grateful.

  11. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    too much bitterness in finish, spicy and oaky

  12. HansG scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A good comparison with the 43yo one for JIS. Different cask type, different abv, different color but they show some similarity on the red plum notes. This one is more concentrated, longer and more complex on palate.

  13. Nemesis1972 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    One sold september 2020 at whiskyauction.com for 2405 Euro.

  14. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Tropical fruits, stone fruits, dried fruits, red fruits, leather honey marzipan, orange marmalade, tobacco, Christmas spices, perfect balance and very rich this is truly exceptional!

  15. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful, extremely fruity, very good woody notes - not overpowered in my mind, not too sweet - overall well balanced but still very fresh and vivid - one of the best Longmorns I had so far - just fantastic stuff!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Truck loads of tropical and also cooked fruits, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, oranges, apricots, jam, spices, cloves, hints of cinnamon, fine notes of sherry wood - superb!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, subtle sweetness, the whole fruit basket of some fresh but mostly cooked fruits again, including some sorts of fruity teas, hints of black tea too, the oak wood becomes a bit louder, more spices, pepper, espresso, dark chocolate - excellent!
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, warm, zesty, little bit more tannins, still enough fruitiness and sweetness - great!

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    With Water :- 

    The nose is very expressive now still a fruit jam. palate very smooth but the oak is still making its presence felt

    Very good
    • Nose
      Blackcurrant jam ahoy with some plum, cider vinegar, chopped almonds, 
    • Taste
      The dark fruits fighting with the oak from the start, very spicy, very fruity and the bitterness is fading and there is a wave of forest fruits. I think that sums this up neat.
    • Finish
      Long, vibrant and fruity

  18. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  19. stefsel111 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  20. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Matured, refined, spicy, divine sour / sweet ratio whisky with no exaggerated sherry.
    • Nose
      Wonderfully complex and refined. Sherry, spicy oak and orange liqueur.
      Waxy apple, plum, cherry, melon. Varnished wood, glue and marzipan cake.
    • Taste
      Oily, spicy. Plum, cherry, fig and apple juice.
      Big oak, orange peel, dark chocolate, tobacco. Touch of cannabis?!
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, oak, fruity.

  21. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    In the price evaluation starting from an initial price of 380 euros
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  23. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Super whisky. Not as dark a profile as might be expected, rather fruity. No over-maturation despite its age. 92/93.
    • Nose
      A lot of prune and cherry, with initially some glue. Cantaloupe melon, raisin, date, marzipan, toffee, apple syrup, raspberry and dried apricot. Gently spiced. With water more apricot and apple syrup, but also more pepper and a little liquorice.
    • Taste
      Cherry, prune, date, raisin, orange marmalade, tobacco, raspberry, melon and dark chocolate. Add some clove for a spicy punch. When adding water, next to apricot also something like plastic comes through. Not really beneficial.
    • Finish
      Cherry, prune, date, raspberry, raisin, cocoa, apricot and coffee.

  24. tomy63 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    amber color, nose marked by wax, varnish, red fruit jam, lots of dried fruits, some exotic fruits, a great freshness, a little menthol, superb. The palate is a little more marked by sherry, tart, quite fresh too, more chocolate, more dried fruits and more spices, nice mix of sherry and fruits. Final good length, dry and slightly woody, and a bit of bitterness unfortunately that prevents the note from being higher

  25. WhiskyJug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Longmorn 46 yo 1965/2011 (51.8%, Gordon & MacPhail for Limburg, Book of Kells, first fill sherry butt, cask #370)
    A pedigree that will make even the most experienced taster drool, not
    to mention a moderately experienced one such as yours truly. Colour: red
    amber. Nose: this is insane, this little baby is as fresh and vibrant
    as… some fresh fruit (I had been willing to mention a female singer but
    finally thought that was a bad idea). Imagine a full basket of peaches
    and raspberries, a few bottles of the best Sauternes and Alsatian
    vendanges tardives, some perfect dates (I mean the fruits, eh!) and then
    the softest curry powder. Mix, shake well and you get this. Brilliant! 
    Mouth: breaking news, someone invented some kind of device that
    literally ‘disoaks’ old malt whiskies. I cannot find any other
    explanation of the fact that this is so fresh and fruity. Granted, it’s
    ‘polished’ but never oaky, while many dried fruits including figs,
    pears, dates, raisins, orange zests and even apples dance on your
    tongue. To keep this short and sweet, this is a wonderful old liqueur…
    Finish: long, creamy, with more honey and spices and a feeling of
    ‘mulled wine’ in the aftertaste. Cloves and a little mint. Comments:
    incredibly nervous for its age – but probably not the most complex old
    Longmorn, I have to say. Bah, forget about complexity…  SGP:651 - 92 points.


  26. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very sherry on the nose.
    Less on the palate at the beginning, then rise to power on the sherry side.
    Camphor keys (which is not my cam). Otherwise pretty good overall.

    (tasted blind)

  27. Malt Hans scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and spicy aroma, oak, peat, raisins, figs, red apples, red currants, lime, cinnamon, liquorice, resin, light tobacco and cloves. Medium sweet taste, soft tannins, eucalyptus, pepper, grape fruit marmalade, green apples, ginger, coffee, dark chocolate, ripe orange and roasted chestnuts. Long, spicy, fruity and herbal end.

  28. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    One of my favourite sherried Longmorns already. Impressive freshness at such an age. Recommended, even though the price will probably prevent you from rushing to the nearest whisky shop.
    • Nose
      Oh how great is this. A mixture of the best sherry fruits (fig jam, apricots, raspberries), all kinds of waxes (polished sandalwood, leather polish, tiny notes of oil paint and varnish), surprisingly exotic all-spice and subtle oak. Hints of eucalyptus. It shows elements of both old cognac and old rums. Just exquisite.
    • Taste
      Very punchy and so fruity again. Figs, raisins, apples with cinnamon, blood oranges... Herbal honey. Leather. Mint. Pleasantly oaky with a chocolate dryness towards the end.
    • Finish
      Very long, not too dry with cinnamon, cocoa and menthol.


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