Longmorn 30 yo 1981/2012 (50.3%, Silver Seal, 205 bottles) From hen Silver Seal’s labels were even more baroque ;-). Colour: light gold. Nose: is there a pattern? We’re back to the first one by Silver Seal, with a grassy, waxy, and vegetal style that’s totally refill, and that wouldn’t let any oaky dullness enter this glory of a whisky. What’s extremely noticeable here is that there are kippers and there is some seaweed, which isn’t very Longmorn, I agree. But this hay, this blond tobacco, and this linseed oil just do wonders. With water: here, there, barley! And rippling fields after a long summer day at the farm and… Oh forget. Mouth (neat): fights and dances, starting with some acidic coffee (perhaps mocha), and going on with oranges, oils, waxes, and more and more cappuccino. Hey, my Italians friends (who own Silver Seal), did you put the barrel under the espresso machine? With water: malty naked perfection. Finish: ditto. Comments: that’s the thing, only time can do this. Never oak, never wine. SGP:461 - 91 points.