Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
Rum Casks & Refill Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Apr 2016 7:45 pm by mds51

Average value

€ 149,35

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Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.67 points

  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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

      Baby vomit 

      Very mild peat
    • Taste
      Bitter over oaken.

    • Finish

  3. Cheng Chee Kaan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Typically Springbank-ish nose. Minty, very mineral, sea breeze. That typical saltiness that make Springbank my favorite is very obvious here. Licorice or Hacks sweets, perhaps premium Hacks! Some hint of lemon notes, wood dust. Pretty earthy. I love the mineral of this whisky. I felt like I was nosing a sandy stone at the sea side in Campbeltown. Salty fish notes becomes more apparent after a tiny sip. Some sweet wood appear after a while. Very complex. Bacon. Tin Fatt Yao (Chinese Traditional Liniment). Dusty old card box where you store in a corner for a very long time.Palate: The good things on the nose continues here on the palate. Hint of sweetness interweaving with the mineral and saltiness. Premium licorice. Some citrus fruits note. Pretty fresh palate. Crisps and soft on the tongue.Finish: Mineral mineral and mineral. With some lemony, bitter oranges, wide range of nuts. Very complex.Balance: Not overly smoky, and a very complex nose and palate. Perhaps I left it opened for too long? Maybe.Final: A great 18YO, perhaps I should have rated it when I first opened the bottle. At this age, this might be the best 18YO you can get at this price range.Verdict: A solid Longrow, which can beat any other 18YO standard bottling.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. funtik1975 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Amber in the glass; deep copper in the bottle. At 46%, the legs are fairly thick and slushy. They roll down the sides of the glass slower than two single cask offerings by Springbank that I recently reviewed, both of which were bottled at cask strength. Despite this fact, the whisky displays nice beading, and I can tell by the “Katy Perry thighs” that it will have a nice, oily mouth feel.

    Nose: Surprisingly, I’m reminded a little of the Springbank Local Barley 16-Year-Old. This nose is quite elegant for a peater, and fairly old school. There’s some lanolin, vanilla custard, and then the smoke kicks in with dry cigar ash, tobacco leaf, wet river stones, and walnuts. Follow-up sniffs also detect some very faint stewed fruit notes of plumb and red apple, along with lemon zest, and a little black pepper. The fruit compote notes are so muted that they pretty much blend into the whole of the dram ubiquitously.

    Palate: My 2016 edition of Longrow 18 really benefited from time to oxidize in the bottle. I like the whisky now quite a bit more than I did upon first cracking open the bottle. On my tongue, I’m getting a more viscous mouth feel than expected. Perhaps it’s because my glass has been sitting covered on my desk for nearly an hour. I use a glass “watch cover” to keep the spirit from turning flat, and it works quite well.

    Dried hay and a burning cigar come across as a first impression, and then comes a wave of bees wax, honey suckle, clover, caramel, sultana (yellow raisin), and the faintest hint of stewed fruit. Plums, but no apple in the mouth. A nuttiness emerges, undoubtedly from eighteen long years spent slumbering in oak. Almond paste makes an appearance. The antiseptic tang of almond nut-skin is also coming through, ever so faintly. That’s the oak talking, for sure.

    Finish: A very nice balance of peat, along with industrial overtones, haunt one’s tongue, in addition to the sides of one’s mouth. It’s not unpleasant. Rather invigorating, actually. I’m going to call this one a long finish. Kind of surprising for a mere 46% ABV, which isn’t low, but isn’t high, either. Cigar ash lingers on my tongue the longest. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising. After all, the whisky in my glass has a phenol level close to 55% ppm.

  7. Bart&Claudia scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Nosing reveals chalk, rock candy, wet towel, a whiff of smoke, red juicy apples, and something briny, thinking of soy sauce. Oh, and cooked pears. A sip is very sweet at first before revealing very mild, layered peat. This dram is so mellow. Tropical fruits on pancakes. Sesame seeds, butterscotch. And the rum cask is bloody obvious, the finish actually tastes more like one of those overly sugarry rums than Longrow whisky to me. Not sure if I like that.

    I had a Longrow Peated right before this dram, maybe that set the whole thing up wrong. The other night I had an older Longrow 18 from 2011/2013, and frankly, this doesn't hold a candle to it. It's an easy dram (too easy?), and it's lovely.. but please, no more rum casks.

  8. dramspotter scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      some sickening note and a little peat
    • Taste
      smooth, restrained

  9. dramspotter scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      71 71
      bourbon note, white wine, some chemical note, lavender, Lucozade, dryish
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      71 71

  10. Romansen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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