Here comes another peated Single Malt that isn't from Islay: Longrow Peated (NAS) from Springbank distillery. The aroma starts out promising with intense honey-vanilla sweetness, vegetal peatiness and unmistakably coastal/briny notes. On the palate, the mouth-warming, dry and fairly spirit-driven arrival is followed by bitter lemons, white pepper and salty peat smoke. Its youthfulness shows in the earthy, mineral but surprisingly short finish that is not very substantial. To sum up, it's a fresh and appealing malt which doesn’t have the 'oomph' of Islay.
RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
coal smoke, lemons, ash, some vanila. feels fresh, spirity and vibrant. Plenty of youth - 6 to 8 years only? nice start though....
@ 46% its got gusto. Peat, not islay peat, this is more subtle. Some astringency - grape skins and green bananas, sour lemons and salt/saline such a great combination. Some nice buttery notes. Some vanilla again. It sounds disonant but its really well balanced.
Long smokey ashy finish, Lemons again and wood tannins. Some honey.
I had it at 87 before I made these notes but I go up to 89/100 because that is brilliant stuff and a real bang for your buck.
slightly peaty and sooty/ashy but mostly very fresh and appealing. there´s some very nice lemons as the counterpart for the peaty side. hints of vanilla, hints of oak. sunflower oil, the smell of a cotton mill.
just lovely! the typical ashy/dusty longrow profile that I love. I would like to taste the new make and I bet this would be very similar to that stuff. I don´t know but can it be that this stuff doesn´t need any maturation at all to be a cracker? salted lemons, quite some peat and ashes. develops into a nice dryness.
This is very interesting as an alternative to the whole "mild" Islay smokers. Under "Peated", however, I have introduced myself to Longrow a much smokey whisky.
beautiful, medical smoke; in addition fresh and floral notes; bitter and maritime-salty; Oak together with honey; in the background is a discreet muff with dust; Over time, the medical smoke turns into salted meat
sweet with a little oak; The smoke gradually builds up but remains rather weak, vanilla, honey and lemon, slightly dry
short, a little bit of smoke along with oak and vanilla; slight bitterness mixes with fruity sweetness