Longrow 13-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
13 years old
12 years Bourbon Cask & 15 months Malbec Cask
Number of bottles
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
31 Mar 2017 1:17 pm by Highlander1985
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 207.43

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Whisky Reviews for Longrow 13-year-old

77 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.32 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      In the first few minutes, the relatively high alcohol content (51.3%) is noticeable with a slight stinging in the nose, but it dissipates after a while. A bulging basket of red fruits and wild berries, enveloped by intense smoke (with a slight greasiness), I perceive. Strawberries, cherries, raspberries and blackberries are dominant, a few blackcurrants provide a subtle sourish appeal. Subtle wood notes join with a hint of salt.
    • Taste
      Hui, the alcohol makes for an incredibly intense aroma transport. The mouthfeel is almost silky soft, very oily and after about 15-20 seconds slightly astringent. Slightly peppery at the beginning of the tongue, smoky and fruity-sweet. Overripe strawberries, raspberries, red apples and redcurrants join the fruity side. The greasy smoke remains pleasantly present, the first spicy influences of the barrels are noticeable in combination with maritime notes and some chocolate. The alcohol is very well integrated, I do not add water for the time being.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly long, smoky and fruity finish. The fruity basket full of berries also shows a clear presence in the finish, and the greasy smoke continues to make an exclamation mark. As soon as the raspberries and Co. are no longer perceptible, the smoke and gradually fine, spicy oak wood notes gradually take over the flavor base. The maritime notes of salt and lime are noticeable at the end, but linger discreetly in the background. Drying, without hints of bitterness.

  2. Dramned! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice whisky, where the combination of smoke and fruit ... Detailed review with photos: https://dramned.blog/2017/06/06/longrow-red-13-malbec-cask-513/
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke as from a smokehouse blowing from the glass, no comparison to some representatives of the nearby island of Islay. Quickly, the typical Springbank spice fights with salt and a proper sea breeze through the smoke carpet and has gotten used to the nose, then rich Demerara sugar, sugarcane juice and very quickly also beautiful sour notes of rhubarb, currants and cranberries, strawberries, Caramelized nuts and oak barrels also play with dull wood notes.
    • Taste
      Strong, spicy and sharp onset, here the smoke is clearly more present than in the nose, but not too dominant, but leaves from the beginning all other notes equal to the taste buds. The sourish fruity notes of the nose with a beautiful grapefruit pearl down almost over the tongue and spit sour at the tip of the tongue like effervescent powder. An omnipresent honey sweetness sets against it and the oak comes here with a full load of harsh woody notes and slightly furry tannins.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather short in terms of complexity, the malty smoke remains naturally long of course, as expected.

  3. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The nose is in comparison to the taste less complex with subtle smoke, looks a bit over-set and daubing, yet it gives an appetizing picture. I would not have expected such an intense and smoky taste, strong aroma variety especially in the finish that is not too charged with the wine aromas. He is not as good as the port and completely different from the Pinot Noir, but overall a successful barrel experiment.
    • Nose
      The first nose immediately shows "berry" smoke, hay seeds along with blueberries, blackberries, thick and creamy sweetness in combination with longrow smoke. The smoke is weaker than in the predecessors of the series, but it is rather a combination of smoke and barrel flavors than two separate components, roasted almonds, driftwood, berry jam with a slightly sour impact, caramel pudding, maple syrup, a hint of salt, the nose is increasing heavier and really tough, but pretty sweet
    • Taste
      full and creamy on the tongue, directly filling the mouth, salt, prominent pepper, caramel, quite quickly perceptible oak, blackberries, cherries, raspberries, camp fire smoke, nicely intense, honey, verkokelter Holzscheit
    • Finish
      a combination of distinct smoke and berry jam, dark chocolate, oak, charred wood, hay, becoming drier, raspberries, blackberries in the harsh variety, distinct wine tannins, long mouth-filling finish, smoked fish, seaweed, salt, finally again creamy and sweetish

  4. LDB scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not an entirely bad Longrow, but I found it too rough and too sour. Sorry to crash the party of the enthusiasts here. I am not entirely fond of red wine finishes like these, as they tend to distort the distillery character and botch an otherwise good whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, strong but certainly not too heavy, some smokiness and sweet and fruity notes. Warming, balanced, with a nice farmy edge.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Full nose, some peat, sweet smoke, fruitiness, raisins, berries. Ash, tobacco. Roasted meat. Warm smell. Alcohol gets stronger with some time.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pretty smooth actually, with some pickering feeling on the tongue. Sour fruits, sweet smoke, orange, honey. Full body.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still pretty smooth, chocolate and sweet smoke. A farmy taste remains, hay. Honey sweetness,orange, tobacco. Pretty long.

  6. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful golden-brown color.
    Very appetizing.

    A fruity, beautiful smoky note.
    Red fruits, quinces, sloes.
    The smoke is noticeable but not dominant.
    I almost said the smoke is well integrated
    but I'm not sure if that is true ...

    Very powerful in the beginning.
    Saliva fills my mouth, a pleasant burn,
    it goes creamy in the throat.
    Wow! He has something.
    The smoke continues to recede.
    A sweet, fruity wood aroma remains.

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    I like the Longrow reds. The way I see it, I’d rather have an honest wine cask, than a bs sulphured seasoned sherry cask. And Longrow with wine seems to work well. This is no exception. Starts off tame, mostly on big herbal honey notes, smoked raspberries, Lingonberry, sweetness picks up on the palate and even more into the finish. Springbank trademark minerals and calcium also pick up on the palate. All in all it’s tasty stuff.

  8. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I love this. I think it's on par with the 2015 Pinot Noir release. IMHO the 2014 Fresh Port release was better, more powerful. And I consider the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon still the best Red release so far.
    • Nose
      Oh yes. The peated, crushed sea shells lying a small pool of red fruit induced sea water on a Campeltown beach in a autumn storm. So sweet and salty, peaty and earthy. I smell even some Velpon notes
    • Taste
      Strong and powerful. Overripe, peated red fruit, in salty sea water, damp, black earth in a pile next to it. And crushed sea shells sprinkled all over
    • Finish
      Quite long. Drying in the end. Only lightly bitter. The overripe red fruit rots away on the back of the tongue. The salt, earth and peat stick to every side of the mouth and tongue. Fabulous craftsmanship.

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The cask influence is less prominent in this one than in previous versions.
    • Nose
      Not as winey as expected. Apricot, peat, blueberry, honey, pineapple and toast.
    • Taste
      Blueberry, peach, peat, pepper and toffee.
    • Finish
      Now the wine influence is most apparent, with toffee and blueberry. Also still peat and apricot. Dark chocolate in the end.

  10. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Otherwise, not a big fan of wine finishes, I like this whisky very well. The finish does not look set, but rather tasting, as far as you can tell, without having tasted the "raw" product without a finish.
    • Nose
      Sweet-sourish smoke escapes from the glass, the Malbec barrels are directly noticeable. The nose is cooling (menthol) and fresh with grapes, currants and a dash of raspberry spirit. The smoky note is very fine, only a little smoked shimmers away.
    • Taste
      Not too strong, very pleasant warming, creamy and mouth-filling. Sweet smoke particles and also on the tongue the cooling menthol from the nose. Sweet raspberries and ripe grapes in addition to sweet rape honey. The wine note is there, but it does not get crowded and works well. Over time it dries on the tongue and shows oaks. Later, add some pepper & salt.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, slightly dry with notes of berry fruits, cold smoke and salt.


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