Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.65/100
votes
222
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

€ 258.24

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Whisky reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

40 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.65 points.

  1. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. whisky_whims scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    Nose: Freshly cut apples, damp moss, wood smoke and rain on a dry ground.
    Palate: Peat with cracked peppercorn, citrus, oak and some wood smoke.
    Finish: Medium to long, more oak and wood smoke. A little bit of lime and sweet cashew nuts at the end.

    Overall this is a whisky win for me.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. bvrsky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  8. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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

  9. 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

  10. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. dramspotter scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

  15. 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
      medium

  16. Romansen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  17. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 21 84

    too rumy, it bothered me, sorry, but on the whole it’s tasty, drinking and with good development potential!

  18. LeChiffre scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and interesting flavors. But here, too, is the typical "dirty" Springbank character unfortunately to recognize that I do not like it. Still very good, but also because of the price, the sample is enough for me.
    • Nose
      81 81
      spicy; Herbal notes; slight tart sweetness; Cinnamon; something earthy; subtle smoky note
    • Taste
      82 82
      buttery; fruity-sweet and increasingly peppery-spicy; Ginger; earthy notes; subtle peat smoke
    • Finish
      80 80
      spicy; subtly smoky; slightly tart and subtle oak

  19. uap304 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Boy the nose is a winner. Pretty lively for 18 year peat, and completely balanced, though it does fade in the glass. Something to appreciate, and I love that the house style shines through. Changing and possibly not the most purely enjoyable dram.
    • Nose
      Sweet, oily, metallic/mineral peat. This is the Springbank house character. Refined and delicate. Briny and earthy. Light pears, honey, and citrus. Vanilla and chocolate creams. Lightly ashy.
    • Taste
      Thick and oily. Sweet and mouth-watering. Sharp lemon citrus and some banana. Fruits and honey. Earthy again, with grass and malt. Delicious citrus, vanilla cream, chocolate cream.
    • Finish
      Sweet and sharply metallic, but not hot. Drying oak, fading quickly, and becoming bitter. Lingering pepper.

  20. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The rum casks are immediately apparent on the nose after the first pour. Syrupy, with candied fruit jellies (banana, peach, everything sweet and sticky). Surprisingly, neither smoke nor wood are very present initially. After a while, the peated barley comes out, but it's very soft and understated. If I would have to guess, I'd say this is less smoky than both Bowmore and Talisker (which are already on the lower end of the peat spectrum). Actually, come to think of it, Talisker 18 might be close: this is similarly Bourbon-centric and refill-y, with a focus on letting the spirit, rather than the wood, do the talking. It's a nice nose, for sure, with some mulled wine notes and warming spices joining in now that the liquid has settled down and opened up. Aeration also brings out the unmistakeable Springbank/Campbeltown character (cooling coal smoke, ashes and "industrial" or workshop smells, i.e., oily tools) yet there's an overall soft creamy aspect to the aroma that makes it very accessible. However, it's far from spectacular, and a bit "boozy" for my taste - I guess the rum influence might be to blame.

    Both the sweetness and the spices reappear on the palate. Very good texture, extremely luscious, oily and silky. I had expected this to be somewhat stormy and smoky, but it's a really charming, rounded, almost elegant sipper. There's honey, cinnamon and vanilla by the boatload - and absolutely no need for water. Ripe mango in Greek yoghurt, liquor-filled white chocolate truffles: it's all rather sweet and dessert-like and much "friendlier" than expected. To be clear, the diesel fumes and charcoal aromas we've come to expect from this brand are present as well, but their function here is to provide a rugged backbone rather than to command the stage. The saltiness commonly associated with coastal malts increases with each sip and lasts on the lips for a long while.

    The finish is warming, soft and, if that's an acceptable term here, incredibly *gradual*. The taste really subsides ever so evenly and slowly, like the textbook image of a sinus curve heading downward. Again: not spectacular - and there's curiously little wood action at the death as well - but really solid and beautifully paced.

    Ach, a tough one to score! I didn't care that much for the nose, but both taste and aftertaste really speak to the continually high quality of this much-loved Springbank spin-off. It's not an event malt, it doesn't have a "wow" factor that would make me go and spend >100 € on a bottle, but it definitely is a delicious, somewhat winter-y, heartwarming, well-composed and substantial offering.

  21. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jup likes it well. I like this herbal note. I also think it's good that the rum only pierces to a comfortable extent. The smoke is relatively discreet.
    • Nose
      I mean to smell the rum out slightly (I do not really like rum that way). Some coconut milk. Apple-cherry juice then orange peel. All backed by the typical smokiness and character of Campbeltown.
    • Taste
      Sweet and buttery at first. Now come herbs (green tea). Marzipan. The oak is surprisingly reserved for 18 years. Outflowing pipe tobacco.
    • Finish
      Most (apple-pear). Semi-dry. Again and again slight hints of rum. Light smoke.

  22. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Extremely complex. First oily aromas of walnuts, cinnamon, dried apples, jute bags full of cider apples, apple fritters, salt and pebbles. Almost a bit calvadosartig? Later also a bit metallic for old copper money, buttery and mild peat smoke.
    • Taste
      Oily, again very "apple king". Baked apple with cinnamon, apple custard baked in butter, deposited golden parmesans, porridge, salt and an increasingly strong smoky note. Gradually, walnuts, metallic aromas, oak, pepper, allspice and a hint of tobacco.
    • Finish
      Long, full-bodied with a nice split of cinnamon, cooked apples and gentle peat smoke.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Don't come here looking for a smoky Longrow. But, this is a complex and sweet whisky with depth and balance. 
    • Nose
      Sweet and floral, dark honey, raisins, white fruit, imperceptible smoke. 
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, dark honey, very mild bitterness, sweet white fruit, peach skin. Almost no smoke. 
    • Finish
      Medium finish. Sweetness, spice, and some bitterness

  27. andredavepon scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Light smoke, sweet mustard, a little herbs
    • Taste
      Peppery, malty, the smoke from the nose is barely perceptible, sweet pushes along with a slight nuttiness, fills the mouth completely.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, slightly warming

  28. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  29. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Single Blind Dram. Springbank vertical tasting, 10.2016
    • Nose
      Estery, peaches, old books. (87)
    • Taste
      Estery, fragrant/light, malty, floral. (89)
    • Finish
      More estery & floral, surprisingly little smoke (after the
      Springbank Burgundy 12yo – noticable smoke in any other combination).
      (88)

  30. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose: The peat is rather thin, rather smoky, not overwhelming. Vanilla, candied white fruit. Palate: Fruity bitterness; apple, pear, grape. Creamy texture in the mouth. Finale: Sweet spices, fine smoky peat, and the fruitiness still present. Verdict: Well balanced, the barrel of rum brings a beautiful fruity. A nice product overall.

  31. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting
    • Nose
      Leichter Rauch, süße Zitronen, Aprikosen. Kräutergarten, Sommerwiese, Holzschuppen.
    • Taste
      Pfeffer, Honig, gelbe Äpfel. Milchschokolade mit Haselnüssen. Etwas Eiche und eine Spur Wachs. Mittellang.

  32. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A profile as atypical as perfectly mastered. And oh so drinkable !
    • Nose
      I generally hate rum being involved in whisky maturation but BOY do I like it already. Wet wool, clean rubber, pink ham and grease : it's Campbeltown alright. But there's a splendid fruitiness to accompany that : waxy pears, lychees, green bananas, honeysuckle, William's Pear ... I adore it ! Slight mustardy notes, as often with Longrow in my humble experience.
    • Taste
      Perfect, and of great textural softness. Everything has its word, without any competition. More coal and minerality now, but anyway, all the rest is still hanging around. William's Pear and petrol especially. "Textile" notes again, so typical. Iodine and white flowers.
    • Finish
      Some austerity settles down, with bay leaf, a touch of green coffee ... very good.

  34. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Polished stainless steel and sharp, thick mineral sphere dark raisins,
    caramel banana with some orange and oily mixed peels. The burnt turf
    decay notes does appear eventually, but much refine than old version
    of heavy sherry, rubbery and tar that are quite handful to handle.

    P- Less
    hefty and oily as the old version (1st fill Sherry Cask). A lot more sweeter citrus fruits with bristly dry sherry
    notes, much balance, and much pleasant and palatable to more.  Gentle spicy, and with sensational marine characters, with a
    whiff of trademark burnt peat.

    F- Medium-long, complex. Juicy grapes, apple, fruit extracts. Smooth with playful spiciness drifting on.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. stollimaus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Compared with the 2015er I like the 2016er not quite so good!
    In the nose, the 205 has a lighter, pleasant smoky notes with beautiful citrus and orange notes. Later comes a light caramel. Very round and exactly balanced. The 2016 is stronger, spicier, smokier and has a light stable muff at the beginning. Maybe he simply just needs much longer in the glass?
    In the mouth, the 2016er alcoholic sharper, also here I find the 2015er rounder and more pleasant.
    In the finish, the 2016er is minimal bitter, but shows nice coffee notes.
    Overall, I would prefer the 2015er, although the 2016er is not bad. The 2016 has more Ooomph and probably just needs longer in the glass!
    My result: 2015 = 89 points / 2016 = 87 points

  36. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very good whisky, which has more peat than the 2015er, but does not have this complexity by far.
    • Nose
      sweetish tart notes, some fruit, some peat, some herbaceous. Very discreet, not nearly as dense and aromatic as the 2015er. Over time, rotten citrus peels and some salt show up.
    • Taste
      sweetish, fruity, then bitter, oak and a lot of pepper, neat spiciness.
    • Finish
      slightly ashy, peaty, then a few exotic fruits, a light acidity and sounds like oak and a lot of peat and salt.

  37. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: spicy, with cinnamon and ginger, with hints of calvados, cider, pastries and pear drops Taste: very buttery, the ginger presents itself again and develops into marzipan and coconut, followed by a thick sweetness of sugarcane molasses and juicy apples Notes of the distillery

  38. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  39. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A nice release. I prefer the 2013 however. It was far more complex and ashy. This release has a very pleasant toffee note on the finish and it has more salt and sea and peat than the 2011 that Serge liked so much and that I found to be somewhat disappointing. Smells nostalgic with the classic Springbank dunnage character when dried in the glass after a time when all is gone. 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  40. EarlMobile scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Hm, somehow all the flavors of this whisky are very subtle. A little smoke and some rum taste, with a short and unspectacular finish. I was hoping for more ...

  41. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    as always the presentation mark is high to keep the average up.
    of course the label is horrible and of course I don´t care.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  42. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Hard to get anything out of the nose at first. Ash and a bit of fruit. A little bit better with a drop of water. More fruit and a bit of smoke. The body is quite watery. Not as intense as you would suspect an 18 year old. Less smoke than expected. I tasted grapes, a bit of sherry but no rum at all. Medium long finish. 
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  43. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    n: I don´t find the rum influence dominant, and I will not complain.
        quite smoky but very integrated, a fruitiness I cannot really pin down,
        somehow a bit rotten but not off-putting. there is also something chalky,
        remember the smell of old blackboard sponges? wet wool.
        now I know that this doesn´t sound good, does it? but it is a pleasant nose,
        believe me. just as all these longrow 18s have a pleasant nose.
        in fact this one reminds a bit of the 14yo in that green carton.
        the fruitiness becomes stronger after 10 minutes and the whisky reveals
        quite some complexity. now I got it: lemons rubbed with an old chalky
        blackboard sponge:-). and maybe some rhubarb.
    t:  seems a bit more chiselled  than previous expressions with a lighter profile.
        lemons in the foreground and that rhubarby thing.
        despite the slightly narrower profile it comes fat and oily, just as old
       longrow lovers expect it to come.
        again I cannot find any rum influence but the sherry is there and it is lovely.
        somehow between fresh and dried fruits.
    f: medium, maybe a tad flat in the very end
    comments: as you might have noticed this is a dram that´s very hard for me to
                       describe. perhaps no stuff for the unacquainted whisky drinker!
                       nevertheless it is almost flawless as always and I will surely get me a
                       bottle.
    92/100
     

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