Longrow 18yo comparison between 2013 (WID: 43388), 2015 (WID: 69018), 2018 (WID: 111830)
They are clearly different from each other.
The 2013 is clearly the most idiosyncratic. It has notes that remind me of lemon balm sweets, maybe some lemon detergent and herbal tea with sugar candy. The sherry is more yellow-fruity and sour. Mineral notes. The smoke is reminiscent of a glowing candle wick. The mouthfeel is somewhat similar to wine.
The 2015 is much more balanced. The citrus fruits are now candied. Here too, the fruits of the sherry are more yellow, but they appear fuller and fuller than in the 2013 season. In addition beautiful caramel notes and herbal sweets. The smoke is rather subtle and sweet. Finally, beautiful oak and spices
The 2018 is overall much darker in character. The color also suggests. The fruits are no longer yellow here, but rather dark and tart. Then tobacco and leather. The wood notes present themselves more in the form of tree bark. The smoke is also a bit stronger and spicy here. In the end, musty notes, cold smoke and chocolate.
The 2013 is somehow not so me. Certainly has funny notes in it, but I don't seem to like the way they interact.
I think the 2015 is really delicious, everything looks nice and homogeneous without being boring. Enough character and still elegant.
The 2018 has the clearest sherry influence. But it is certainly not overloaded. That leaves enough room for the longrow. It also tastes good to me.
In a direct comparison, I like the 2015 best. Just before the 2018. I don't really like 2013.