...and it is a fine and easy drinkable Longmorn but it lacks both complexity and texture to be really excellent - not worth the big bucks, leave it for collectors. As a drinker I am not willing to pay more than 100 Euro for a bottle of such quality, to be honest.
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a fine old-style profile with different fruits (both home-grown and exotic), grasses, waxes and spices. The wood is rather shy first and provides just a minimal backing but it grows stronger and adds a lot of herbal notes upon breathing. All is delicate and balanced without any off-note.
The taste is not layered and composed of mainly sweet flavours like barley sugars, fruits and honeys. But the wood counters this with bitter-herbal notes and some spices and re-establishes the balance of flavours this way. It is nice and easy quaffable but I expected more complexity in here after the excellent nose.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor drying-astringent feeling (now the wood is there). The finish is of medium length and adds tasty impressions of white chocolate and mocha without distracting moments, so no bitterness at all. Water releases earthy aromas both in the nose and on the palate but turns the taste less sweet and grassier, I like the neat dram better.