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Longrow 1973 Sa

Overall rating
93.94/100
votes
37
Whiskybase ID
WB4074
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Samaroli (Sa)
Vintage
1973
Stated Age
16 years old
Number of bottles
240
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
15 Oct 2008 1:46 pm
Single Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2820.42

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37 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 1973 Sa

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.94 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Long time ago I had this dram but I can not remember where and when and took not notes - so this sample is highly welcome to refresh my memory...

    ...and I remembered it right as an excellent dram. This combines the best "dirty" Springbank profile with delicious impressions of peat to create an interesting and very quaffable dram. As this bottle is way too expensive these days (because of collectors and investors) here is a dram which comes close to this profile for affordable bucks (WB id 54323), not kidding! I just had the two side by side and yes, this Longrow is better (more complex) but the Ardmore really provides a profile which is pretty close to that (according to my taste buds, only).
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers an excellent old-style peated profile with all the interesting "dirty" Springbank aromas present (e.g., machine oils, farmyard, waxes, bonfire ashes) beside delicious fruits, honeys and spices. This is an excellent nose, I could sniff this for hours.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is nicely layered on sweet (fruits, honeys, barley sugars) and bitter (peat, bonfire ashes, waxes) flavours in an interesting back-and-forth of impressions. Spices join in later as do some more exotic impressions like resins or chalk. This is a real chewer and I strongly suggest to do so because it is a lot of fun to explore the changing interplay of flavours
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is excellent with a warming, creamy texture covering my mouth in seconds without any distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more herbs and bonfire ashy impressions without loosing its balance. Again no drying or astringent moments, this dram stays perfect until the very end. Some water releases more sweet notes on the palate but I prefer the neat dram, clearly.

  2. sagara-kun scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A blend that no longer exists in today's traffic jams.
    A whisky that exudes wisdom.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Superb nose. The peat is oily, and coils up all the other aromas of the dram. We have graphite, a bit of pencil lead. Lemon oil, and some other fruits: dried orange, sweet mango, light kiwi.
      Light caramel. Light medicinal, very round camphor, licorice. A little motor oil, from an old garage. It's very blended and intellectual.
      With aeration we have more minerality, chalk.
    • Taste
      95 95
      In the mouth it is also a demonstration of melt. The aromas come where the spirit wanders.
      The fruits twirl. Citrus and exotic: passion fruit, mango, lemon, pineapple.
      Peat is present and the smoke takes over, oily, peppery.
      Then the comforting honey, the caramel.
      And finally the dried aromatic herbs. Licorice.
      A little eucalyptus, nettle.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Fresh, ashy finish, on cold smoke, the barbecue off. The citrus fruits are there, in zest. Fresh mint, eucalyptus, pepper. Persistent.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    1970`s aged peat, Islay v Islands v Campbeltown v Highlands H2H
    This was a very enjoyable H2H of some of the best peated whisky there is, the initial plan was to do a top 10 of aged 1970`s vintage heavily peated whisky but it ended up being 11 as this was the only opportunity to test the 1975 Samaroli Geerie against the 1967 Douglas Laing Geerie.
    These 2 whiskies from this old Highland distillery I know from previous tastings are pretty incredible to be honest.

    RESULT AND SCORES 1st-11th

    Glen Garioch 1967 36 year 55.5% Douglas Laing Platinum (Bonus dram)
    96/97/95

    Glen Garioch 1975 57% CoillteanSamaroli Flowers
    96/96/96

    Port Ellen 12 year 62.7% James Macarthur Fine Malt Selection
    94/95/95

    Brora 30 year 2003 Annual Release 55.7% OB
    94/95/95

    Longrow 1973 16 year 48% Samaroli 9
    91/94/94

    Ledaig 1972 22 year 54% Cadenhead Authentic Collection
    92/94/93

    Ledaig 1972 32 year cask 8721 48.9% Alambic Classique
    92/93/93

    Talisker 25 year 2004 57.8% OB
    92/93/93

    Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.5% OB
    93/92/92

    Ardmore 18 year 1994 51.4% James Macarthur
    92/92/92

    Port Ellen 1978 25 year 4th Annual Release 56.2% OB

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a little closed at first but it is pleasant for sure.
    Peat, a little pepper, hints of lemon sherbet, cinder toffee and faint lime possibly.
    The peat is powerful for 48% but i get the feeling that if you take the peat away there is not much left, certainly fruit wise anyway?
    As you go on it does get better, with a sweet grapefruit note and a little gala melon and mango in the mix.
    The finish is pretty long and the balance is really good.
    Being completely honest i was expecting this to be better, still it is a quality malt that tastes great, but it needs another layer of complexity to get it in the 93-95 area.
    I was not going to add water as this is 48% but I am glad I did because it really opens up, more fruit, more peat, more spice and obviously a higher score.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. prz22 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Stunning, incredible, superb. What an unusual combination of peat, sourness and exotic fruitness - Wonderful whisky!!
    • Nose
      97 97
      Springbank Baked fruits, dust, smoke, sweet, sour, so special and different to neverending old school sherry profiles!
    • Taste
      97 97
      Lots of fruits, balance of prat, sweet, sour, sherry, spices, its all in there! Just amazing!!
    • Finish
      98 98
      Monumental, very long, going from sweetness towards dryness, evolving, absolutely spectacular!

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    all the Longrows 73 and 74 sa are excellent,this is no exception, amazing

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    Didn't write much because this is simply extraordinary 
    • Nose
      Fresh and extremely fruity, peat and medicinal
    • Taste
      Dive into the nose above, petrol, dynamic
    • Finish
      Long and simple amazing

  8. SFWC scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Had this dram during the Glasgow Old&Rare show Feb 2018. This was part of a Samaroli tasting with Emmanuel Dron from the Auld Alliance.A sweet and quite good 73/74' Longrow. Peat integration was good but not as impressive as 1974 ob's at higher proof. This dram was massively overhyped for me considering prices and other scores. Still a very fine dram but the Samaroli hype is real!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

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

    A very drinkable and enjoyable whisky. For me this is much closer to my favorite Ardbegs rather than Bowmore or other peated single malts.
    • Nose
      Peaty and smoky attack at first but after there are coming up some very nice notes of citrusy, lemony, honey, old books and also some tropical fruits including mango, passion fruit, pineapples and so on.
    • Taste
      Softly peated in my mind or in other words well balanced with a subtle sweetness and some fruity and honey notes. Very smooth and waxy. Citrusy and lemony notes again.
    • Finish
      Long and gently peated and smoky.

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