Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.48/100
votes
203
Whiskybase ID
WB55725
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
14/183
Barcode
610854657000
Added on
15 jun 2014 5:05 pm by Jimjam
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 270.00

45 × in wishlist

203 × member ratings

333 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

36 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.48 points.

  1. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The difference between the nose and the rest is quite astonishing and disappointing. Where the nose is complex, layered, the taste is drying and way less complex.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh, fruity and grassy. Citrus, orange, a bit more alcohol. After some time far away some smoke, layered. Peach, with smoke peeping through some once and a while.
    • Taste
      85 85
      A bit drying, sparkling, pepper, licorice, orange. Still some sour fruity edge. Peaches.
    • Finish
      85 85
      More smooth, licorice, pepper. Drying mouthfeel. Medium long finish, woody.

  3. JJKATED scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The best Longrow 18 I've tried so far. Two thumbs up.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pretty comprehensively sherried, but absolutely devoid of sulphur or rubber notes, which is a relief. Red berries, jam, shoe polish, cashew nuts, almond butter, expertly measured oak influence. One to nose for a good long while...
    • Taste
      90 90
      Super satisfying. Surprisingly sweet and almost fruity, with the Campbeltown "engine room" funk and tart smoke only appearing in the last third of the flavor development.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mineral, maritime, softly acidic and aromatically peaty. Still some red berries in the mix.

  5. Garymoveout scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    At first time very closed, but now is
    amazing dram!
    Dried fruits, leather, light peat smoke, Campbeltown heart.

  6. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    First longrow.
    I like it very much.
    At first very closed, but ...!
    Takes more than a dram to be fully understood.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very closed first impression. Even quite schnapps. It takes a lot of time and a little bit of hand warmth doesn't hurt either.
      Then nice and fruity and dirty. Yes, we are in Campletown. In that context I often read 'funk'. Now I get it: It is this mixture of sweet strawberries, fine wood smoke and a moist earthiness that tends towards wet clay. Once started, it is constantly changing. Now vanilla, old wood and dark sherry flavors. Leather and damp cigar tobacco. Great nose. The smoke has already dissipated and hovers rather cooling over the whole thing.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A powerful start. Mineral, dark fruity, then bitter. Not as viscous as hoped, but very structured. The dark-fruity here too towards strawberries, but they are already a bit over the top; the mineral is reminiscent of pebbles and the bitterness changes from ginger sharpness to tannins.
      Okay crazy: after about an hour the taste has improved again and the body has become even more viscous.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the process, he steps up a gear again. The smoke is now very present and almost burning with the oak load. Bitter, fruity, salivary-stimulating and long-lasting.

  7. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    beautiful complex and aromatic malt. Very nice interplay of flavors. I like it very much.
    • Nose
      Overripe fruits, essential oils, smoke, notes of sherry, dried fruits, apricots, salty notes, dark berries and a little honey as well as a touch of chocolate in the background
    • Taste
      fruity start accompanied by light smoke notes, here too the sherry notes come, some honey, dark berries, some pepper, sweet and salty at the same time, becoming oily
    • Finish
      smoky and slightly ashy, sweet salty and intense sherry aromas. Very strong and long.

  8. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    - a particularly good single malt
    - very special: strong, angular, idiosyncratic but of very good quality
    • Nose
      ripe dark fruits, distinct oak, leather, dry sherry
    • Taste
      first soft then strong start, oak, very light smoke, cocoa, dry sherry, lots of spice, Christmas spices, sticks to the palate when swallowed, stimulates saliva
    • Finish
      medium-long fruity finish;
      long dry aftertaste

  11. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Martin1965 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Light smoke, sherry, vanilla, oak, typical Springbank muff note
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smoke, Oak, Sherry, Sweet and Dry, Orange
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length with dark chocolate

      The light smoke is nicely integrated everywhere.

  13. Maltlife scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  15. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22,5)
    Very even whisky, good balance (90)
    • Nose
      Peat, grass, herbs ... orange peel with salt, wax and strawberries (22.5)
    • Taste
      Salt, tobacco, prunes, leather, smoke ... rounded and greasy (22.5)
    • Finish
      Orange caramel, grass, dry wood, salt, iodine .... dried fruits in an old first aid kit and menthol (22.5)

  16. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful, mature, somewhat idiosyncratic longrow top; but in direct comparison I prefer the same age jumper ...!
    [Color] copper;
    • Nose
      ripe fruit, sherry, trace smoke, spice, nuts;
    • Taste
      strong full-bodied, dark fruit, nuts, cocoa, some smoke, ash, dry sherry, spicy oak, pepper;
    • Finish
      long, spicy peppery salty finish; aftertaste smoke;

  17. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A fresh and invigorating bolt, initially more like Springbank than Longrow, but smoke and peaty notes still appear in development and everything falls into place; slightly watered, there is a lack of fortress, but otherwise very, very worthy product.
    • Nose
      Open, fresh, mineral-apple, lemonade, floral, lemon-orange notes, in the background malt, raw wood, crushed grain, weak smoke-peat tones; in general, more like a Springbank.
    • Taste
      Calm, smooth, oak-pepper with resin, coniferous notes, cream, fondant, spicy oak, candied ginger.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste - resin, young pine needles, lemon, orange peels, red and green mango skin, candied fruits from exotic fruits, very long, at the end, a variety of sweet berry notes come to the fore.

  18. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      tropical fruit, earthy, slightly smoky, leather, straw, hazelnut, charcoal
    • Taste
      charcoal, ash, ripe fruit, pepper, cinnamon, creamy, oily, caramel, green apple

  19. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Leather. Smoked ham. Coal smoke. Old workshop. Damp wood. Metallic. Waxy. Salt/brine. 
    • Taste
      Lots of different dried herbs. Green tea. Earthy. Metallic notes. Tobacco. A little dry.
    • Finish
      Ashy. Salt. 

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    The finish is a bit weak but overall very drinkable
    • Nose
      Citrus, beeswax, peat and smoke, yeast dough, whiffs of leather
    • Taste
      Oily, really fine peat and smoke (no bitter notes), some fruity and woody notes
    • Finish
      Medium long, old wood, cardboard, a tad bitter

  22. Bosi scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    As already mentioned, this filling is very complex and has rough edges, classic Springbank. Nevertheless, everything seems very balanced and never tried. That's how you create great whiskys.
    • Nose
      The nose starts in a classic way, and is nice and musty. The smoke goes in the direction of burnt match. Add fresh citrus notes, wax and a hint of ragout or garam masala. Wonderfully complex!
    • Taste
      The smoke is beautifully integrated and plays milk chocolate, mint and orange notes. With a little time, the barrel becomes more noticeable: some oak, slightly dry and smoked fish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long. Cold smoke, tea and some ginger remain.

  23. malthead-sven scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Balanced and successful, the nose convinces the most
    • Nose
      ripe, yellow pears with sweet and light smoke, potato pancakes, buttercups and cherry blossoms, like a spring meadow, vanilla biscuits (Kipferl) plus some bath salts
    • Taste
      a broad spectrum of lovely sweet, spicy, smoky and slightly dry, overall stronger than the nose expects
    • Finish
      long, salty, the smoke remains discreetly incorporated, liquorice sticks and again light sea flavors

  24. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Shane_IL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at a Malt Mongers Israel tasting evening.A little on the spendy side, but man what an awesome whisky. It appears simple at first but then this explosion of complexity hits you and it’s just amazing. This is full of those really nice old-style whisky notes which go so well with the Springbank style peat. Delicious.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/12/02/campbeltown-sans-springbank-night-with-malt-mongers-israel/
    • Nose
      Salty Peaches. Apricot fruit leather. Sweet smoke, like a sugary jammy fire. Copper. Amaretto. Caramel cream. A little glue. Polished wood. Wood oils. Wet tobacco.
    • Taste
      Apricot jam. Tar. Cotton candy. Molasses. Cigar ash. Stewed fruits in custard. Dried, salted meat. Rich wood. Hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Long. Dry wood tannins. Some notes of black tea. Rich wood smoke, kind of like mesquite wood chips. Dark berries. Plums. Coal dust. Caramel candies.

  26. Doctor B. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    n: typical campbeltown smokiness with soot and ashes, also briny notes as usual.
        various oils like linseed oil and sunflower oil and smells of garages and farmyard.
        raw wool, cotton mill.
    t:  oily mouthfeel with good oomph and a sweet-sour arrival.
        the fruitiness is stronger than on the nose but you can find all components
        of the nose together with  some chalky notes.
    f:  long, dry with an idea of walnut and a little musty
    comments: not an easy whisky, a little austere but very unique and very good.

    92/100

  28. Opeth83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very spicy nose, apricots, cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg and pepper. Full mouth with honey and apricots. Finally the cinnamon comes back and honey, taste something of laurel leaf.
    Very exciting whisky, would like to taste more versions of this 18. Ditto for Springbank 18's.
    89pt
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Mild smoke, the sherry is clearly noticeable, spicy, cloves. Reminds me of a Kilchoman. But not convincing.

  30. moviemaniac scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    2014 edition:

    The peat is nearly gone (which is about the only gripe I have with it, if I really wanted to search for one), but everything else is superb! This really is proper, old-style, no frills (mostly?) ex-sherry matured whisky, made by hand in a working museum, filled into great wood and carefully looked after. A very sexy dram in a Marilyn Monroe class kinda way.

    92/100

    Full review: https://dokla.net/dailydram/2015/12/04/24-drams-till-christmas-tasting-4-longrow-18-yo-2014-edition/

  31. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    2015

    N: This smells decent enough. Light-mineral spice, mild-sweet-fresh, murky, vague,… ‘wishy washy’ - hmm, but theres more: dried mangoes, oranges, ginger, cinnamon, and some rubber all contribute.
    T: Push me - pull me. Theres lots to like but theres a lack of cohesion in the ranks. It also tastes more spirity than previous batches.
    F: A ‘meh’ mineral finish.
    C: Rather underwhelming compared to last years batch [2014].

    Scores a C

    Later on in the year

    N: Soft, woody, vanilled, aged malt - just fine

    T: Thick yet easy, oily , peaty drinker

    F: Lots of soft notes just at the right time

    C: Good, very good.

    Scores a B[-]

  32. Akoo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A whisky not easy to access that opens only the most determined. A vast aromatic field, atypical flavors make this Longrow 18 years a mysterious whisky. A very nice work from Springbank who signs a beautiful creation.
    • Nose
      nuts ! The intensity and precision of this aroma is impressive. Impossible to miss ... It's very complex. The wood is quite present, but not too invasive. There are some notes of mushrooms, tobacco, fennel and oregano. It's pretty dry overall and not very engaging. With a little opening, he takes a rather positive turn! The fruits (apricot, apple, peach) we chat and citrus (lime, blood orange) we refresh. The dried fruits, hazelnuts in the head, are always very present.
    • Taste
      we are here on a very salty profile. A mix between roasted peanuts and cubed broth. It's pretty strange. We still keep a sweetness a little sweet with the fruits present. The peat brings here notes of camphor, earth and eucalyptus. Lemon and rhubarb bring just the right amount of acidity and dark chocolate, a hint of bitterness.
    • Finish
      long, powerful on notes of smoke, fruit and orangettes.

  33. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting with Longrow 18 -2008.
    • Nose
      Pepper, ashes, some smoke, liquorice, a touch of sulphur and mushrooms. Forest frutis - strawberries and cherries, wax, demerara rum, chocolate and exotric fruits.
    • Taste
      Oily, briny, syrup and spices - nutmeg. Herbs, wax and citrus - lemon.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with citrus - lemon, oily and later fruity.

  34. Sidecar75 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    This is a tough one. I had very high expectations but the initial impression was very poor. It got much better with water and a lot of rest, but it took very long to develop
    • Nose
      Ashes from smoked cigars. A lot of wood. Much more complex and heavy than the 10. Very little sweetness lurking in the back. After a little while some cookie smells show up. A few drops of water changes it quite a bit. The ashy smell goes down and a red vinegar note comes out. I am not sure I'm a fan of that (actually, I'm not). Added a few more drops of water and let it rest for over half an hour. A definite change for the better this time. The vinegar smell is mostly gone, and it got a bit more camphor/eucalyptus. The ashes are still very prominent.
    • Taste
      Very dry and ashy to start, silky in the mouth. There's some bitterness and some sweetness mixed in. With water and a long rest it became a little sweeter.
    • Finish
      More ashes, medicinal, wood. Longer finish after adding water.

  35. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Dark and slightly mysterious, our 18-year-old Longrow has a complex nose that unearths a peaty aroma reminiscent of dunnage warehouses.

    Tasting Notes by Springbank
    • Nose
      A complex nose: Sweet fruits, citrus, peaches and orange zest at first before a gentle earthy peaty aroma reveals itself.
    • Taste
      Rich and very, very tasty. Well balanced. Dark chocolate, creamy coffee and gingerbread to the fore, followed by rhubarb and vanilla custard.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet, a hint of typical Longrow peat smoke combined with more chocolate and some dried fruits.

  36. jmelm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    In a side by side tasting against the latest Springbank 18 (the one with the purple label & box), I preferred the Springbank (which is not yet uploaded on this site). Both were full flavoured, but the Sprinbank was more precise and had a clearer delineation of flavours. I also found that the Longrow had a touch of heat that lasted on the back of the palate, even with the addition of water. 

    I agree with jazzpianofingers that this may be somewhat of a polarizing dram for some, which is why I'm surprised that it was rated as highly across the board as it is by the folks who have currently rated it to this point. For me, it is clearly a few points below good batches of Lagavulin 16, Lagavulin 12, and certainly Highland Park 18 and Bowmore Laimrig (at least the 53.7% version I currently have). It's great to be able to compare this group of drams, because they're all similar in terms of age, quality and/or price point. 

  37. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Apple peels, and smoke. Earthy peat, damp leaves, notes of truffle, woodshed, porridge oats and soot.Palate: Peaty with notes of spicy. Very oily, with hints of orange zest, pepper and chili. Very "big". Kippers, smoked meats and honey.Finish: Spicy and oily, with notes of dark, earthy peaty.

  38. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    More peaty than the waxier 2011 batch. A darker sherry influence than the 2014 edition of the Springbank 18 (ID 62831), but hardly any peatier. It seems stronger than that one, but rather in a spicy sense.
    • Nose
      Apricot, cherry, papaya, peat, milk chocolate, blueberry, plum, beeswax, blood orange, tobacco, raisin, salty broth (Maggi), a vegetal touch and light herbs.
    • Taste
      Papaya, apricot, peat ash, pepper, milk chocolate, plum, cherry, toffee, blueberry, raisin, salt, a little beeswax and again that vegetal touch. Also a slightly meaty edge.
    • Finish
      Milk chocolate, peat, cherry, apricot, leather, raisin, bramble, mocha, beeswax and pepper.

  39. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘A botanical wonder’
    N: As i was pouring a dram i got cumin, garam massalla and saffron straight away. Also of note, blackcurrant juice, and that robust malt so characterful and assured. Theres candied sweets in there, not too sugary mind and an undefined floral, herbal concoction buried deep in the mix. Innocuous nose.
    T: Nettles, elderflowers, slow berries, wild garlic, nasturtiums and dandelion and burdock -a botanical wonder from Springbank.
    F: The palate stays put, not wanting to come out of the forest, and with such a wonderful execution who’s complaining. Wallow there a while.
    C: For those of you who spent their childhoods in the trees, this dram will take you right back to stung legs, scabby knees and grubby hands. This is a unique and idiosyncratic malt that some will love and others will pass by so certainly worth sampling.

    Scores a B

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