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Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.66/100
votes
210
Whiskybase ID
WB81670
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Rum Casks & Refill Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
16/176
Barcode
610854657000
Added on
28 Apr 2016 7:45 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 149.28

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210 × member ratings

376 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.66 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    typical Springbank distillate with an oblique impact and interesting complexity - treat it to a drop of water
    • Nose
      88 88
      nicely integrated smoke, maritime algae water, hot menthol, a hint of lemon and ... oops - was dry ester rum involved here?
    • Taste
      89 89
      The hot ester is clearly noticeable in the mouth, menthol, liquorice - surrounded by the typical Springbank components, green algae, salty brackish water - ripe and everything nicely integrated with the smoke, unripe green melon, green apples, woodruff - very dry
    • Finish
      89 89
      dry, it remains in the throat for a long time

  2. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Interesting whisky is interesting. Longrow 18 year old is delicious and from the cask makeup you’d truly not guess on the journey you were going to be taken on. This is to be applauded. All too often whisky can be delightful and yet at the same time mundanely predictable. The 2016 release is anything but. Cold hard polish steel is the order of the day – I’ve not a whisky so steely in a long time and I’d frankly never expect if from a rum and sherry cask marriage. Balance is probably this dram’s highest accolade, it would be all too easy to allow the sweetness to become cloying or the minerality to be unchecked and too severe, but neither are the case here. Everything is in check and where it’s supposed to be. Steely rum casks, who’d have thought - I do love learning new things.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/longrow/longrow-18-year-old-2016-release/
    • Nose
      Pronounced and immediately oily and sticky. A real harmony of subtle sweet smoke with tropical fruits, and a suitably maritime steely and salty breeze. Two distinct strands going on here – a caster sugar coated, candy cane fruitiness which makes me reminisce of cooking cinnamon dusted pineapple chunks (rum cask right?) over an open fire – alongside profoundly mineral notes of wet slate, sea pebbles and sandy beaches. There’s some citrus providing a little liveliness and some old notes of musty cardboard boxes and dunnage warehouses with their undisturbed damp soil. Intriguing.
    • Taste
      Light and at the same time unctuous offering a sharp tang on arrival which gradually subsides into something more silky, buttery and subtle. Pineapple is now joined by apples and pears and more pronounced citrus provides real ‘bite’. Both maritime salinity and oak maturation pepperiness are dialled up a notch now and enhance and amplify the mineral notes. Smoke has subsided into the back of the palate where it’s earthy, pungent and yet still providing some of the sweeter notes which balance against the quartz-sharp minerality which runs through the very heart of this whisky. Resting this dram offers some new notes with meaty leathers and furniture polish coming out to play – both add yet more complexity to an already absorbing dram.
    • Finish
      Long with a sharp coastal tang and drying astringency.

  3. RichardMayston scored this whisky 49 points Expert Senior

    Ohhh, bad springbank again, and again Serge loves it. 

    Just doesn't do it for me. I happily gave it away. 

    I like salty whiskies, Clynelish, Talisker... I liked the Springbank 12 Green, lovely mineral. But this has actual faults, malic acid off notes, things that make my nose go whoop whoop alert pull out, not good. True to the nose, the flavour is not a pleasant experience, drink with a grimace. 

    Maybe it is just me. 
    • Nose
      Fruit 

      Baby vomit 

      Very mild peat
    • Taste
      Bitter over oaken.

      SaltPeat
    • Finish
      Bitter

  4. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89
      LP

  5. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The aroma and taste are almost perfect. Kaleidoscopic, juicy explosive, exotic fruits. Chic 18-ka.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediately juicy, apple-honey, against the background of traditional smoked, leather, dates, prunes, melted milk, mineral, marmalade, ginger, apple pie, sea salt, oily fish, oak cod, iodine, sherry notes, fresh walnuts, medical notes, machine oil, burnt wood and sweet rubber, dust, dried orange peels, apricot-dried pie (grandmother from childhood).
    • Taste
      91 91
      Figs, peppers, a bunch of smoke and dried prunes, grilled fish, perfume and fruit, sweet, pumpkin, exotic fruits, pleasant sourness, stings.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warming, prickly, quite dry, dry, smoky, oak, sweet, ash, smoked.

  6. whisky_knight scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Despite me not being a peat fan, the subtle smokiness on this Springbank release of Longrow 18 Year Old was quite drinkable for me (I’m surprised). :) While I didn’t get much on the nose besides smoke (even at these peat levels it overwhelms my smell) and funk, the palate and finish made this a completely different experience than what I was initially expecting. I’m still very much a “Springbank rookie” so take my score from that point-of-view.
    • Nose
      64 64
      Subtle smokiness (more than Highland Park), Band-Aids, Springbank funk. Wet farm.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Light smoke, barnyard, honey sweetness, medicinal, surprisingly almost no alcohol burn (for a 46% ABV), creamy and smooth.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Medium finish, light smokiness. Faint fruit sweetness fading away.

  7. bvrsky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  9. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a simple malt, so easy-drinking
    has no smoke
    The malt disappointed me because I expected more influence from the rum barrel
    • Nose
      starts restrained, slightly oak, malt, banana, sweetness decreases, gooseberry, herbs come, slightly soapy becomes less, slightly meaty note, slightly cheese, slightly dirty, later comes slightly rubber
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      very spicy, slightly oak, dirty, very earthy and still increasing, green herbs, molasses
    • Finish
      short to medium long
      spicy, very earthy, perfume soap

      astringent

  10. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A lot weaker than 15 years
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

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