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Overall rating
88.00/100
votes
64
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
12/155
Added on
29 Jun 2012 9:55 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 148,13

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Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    He is not really smoky, but very spicy. A true gentleman who has muscles, in his mature state comparable to Sean Connery. Truly noble and good.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The first smelling of typical Springbank notes, which cause childhood memories with me: old 10 penny pieces in a sweaty child's hand, wet swimming trunks in the pool, soil, machine oil, pleasant Pattex, later then pine resin.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Soft, so silky soft at first, then comes the alcoholic spice, which marries the fruity with a hint of dark pine honey, the whole then changes a long time before it goes into the sensationally long finish.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Lemon ash and rust first, then ripe mango, until at some point the perfect balance between bitter and sweet is reached, nose and palate find themselves in a roller coaster ride through the flavors again and at the very end comes the spicy fruit, something like salty mango. It's all class complex interwoven.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Second time trying the 18 and it’s not my favorite. I understand batch to batch they can vary considerably. I much prefer the 14 year in this generation (rated 90)

  3. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    There is the wonderful oily character of Longrow - this one (code 12/155) is down-to-earth and rough but noble at the same time. That is a special mind!

    Very warming, deep and rich.

    On the long lasting palate there is a wonderful slow and steady development as well as a lively interplay of the aromas. You simply have to sigh ...

    The time given in the glass (especially when the bottle is just opened) is rewarding in favor of the merger of the aromas.

    Simply a great one!

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs, March 2015.
    • Nose
      From the bottle you can get already first signs of cherry-plum and toffee.Very nice peat with maritime impressions of the vast sea. Then intense citrus aromas of lemon and grapefruit (also peel) which is also developing into some mature detergents at the same time. Apples (also peppered ones), a special graininess (as often typical for Whiskies from Springbank), sweetness starts to develop from the caramel, maltiness, milk chocolate comes through. After some minutes the truly great Sherry casks arises which are in this dram with nice hints of Sherry. Wet and salty rocks, grapes, more spiciness comes through, brunt wood, some smoke and clear pepper. Nice scouring powder and real wood from the Sherry casks. The peatiness is now wonderfully interwoven and enhances other aromas like some slightly smoked chocolate or some apple-peat  -  plus the aromas intensify minute after minute.  Rum raisins, slightly sour orange juice, hints of coffee emerge, then more cask components of maturity. The wood is by now wonderfully interwoven and plays with the sourness from the citrus and the scouring powder. Also some peppered cherries are coming through. Hints of BBQ (something 'smoked').

      After the first sip more coffee and caramel notes are coming to the fore going towards chocolate ice cream, some custard and chocolate-mocha-caramel with some peat as a fine complex spice.

      There are also some burnt rubber notes - but they really get quite pleasant after a while in the glass.
    • Taste
      Big citrus (lemon), caramel (burnt sugar), pepper, pralines, dark chocolate, full and warm, pleasant fire, Sherry cask is coming in a mature and wonderful way with scouring powder, grapefruit peel, wooden closet, sweet and sour, the peat is wonderfully interwoven (almost like a noble spice but also with mightiness), more citrus ...

      Then some typical Longrow aromas develop with some resin and pinecones. The spiciness is very pleasant as well as the wood - they are not dominant at all but clearly there.

      Wood bark, cocoa powder, some kirsch, distant hints of plum puree (peppered), some memories of salt, wonderful sweetness, peach peel, smoked fish, miso soup.
    • Finish
      Pine needles and pine needle extract, wood, caramel, scouring powder again, some Sherry cask as well, citrus, pepper, rum pot, dark chocolate, some fruit sweetness. Tart and sour with some hints of berries, espresso powder. There is a certain resinous note and an oiliness wich is lovely and also typical of Longrow. Brandy beans and dark cognac with a great feeling of maturity. Bay leaf.

      After a while there remains a very pleasant wooden spiciness with some pine needles again and again as well as the resinous notes - also leading to French brandy. Long finish.

  4. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful and subtle, quality of first class Sherry casks, quite 'dark', very pleasant power, 'body' (!), long lasting.

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1 on 2014.12.21.
    • Nose
      freshly sliced apple, dark caramel, peat-bogs, smoke again and again, salt, apricot, hints of BBQ, vanilla sauce, a few raisins, hints of grapefruit, lime juice, chocolaty, caramel dipped in brewed coffee, milk coffee, Affogato, rural farm, haystacks (… a hint of the Springbank character …), cleaning supplies, Espresso pralines, hints of tarr, slightly resinous wood, manure heap, charred logs, ripe Mirabelle, noble milk chocolate, some whole wheat things, plum Streußel cake, milk chocolate with nuts, mocha - laced with a dry pomace, green prunes, spices, pepper - typical Longrow character!
    • Taste
      citrus, sour cherry, hints of pepper, peat, Sherry cask, vanilla sauce (sweet, round), berries, fruity, a little salt, Espresso ground, fermented plums with peat, some cocoa, dark chocolate, dark cherry juice, tobacco, a little Scheuermilch, overcooked plums, oily feeling, coffe with evaporated milk, charred wood, fruit sweetness, round body, tingly
    • Finish
      a bit dry Sherry, intensiv, sweetish apples, peat, dark chocolate, orange peal (dried), warm, maritime, mouth feeling like after eating salt, oatcake, some wood, long finish, creamy, some oiliness,  traces of ripe raspberries, 'Longrow', thick plum jelly, sharp smoke, peat with dark chocolate, Sherry cask, light pleasant wood bitterness, some cherries also, some ashes, slightly dry, Cornflakes

  6. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasting note is coming soon from a tasting with Armin Fuchs.

  7. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Simply wonderful, authentic and real Whisky ...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    … you want MORE of this !!!

    Very elegant and satisfying. Complex and varying -

    and at the same time the clear and strong Springbank character!

    Delicious !!

  10. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

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