Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.87/100
votes
278
Whiskybase ID
WB94804
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
03/04.04.2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
60% Refill Sherry Casks, 40% Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
4500
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
17/150
Barcode
610854657000
Added on
11 apr 2017 10:06 pm by bert61nl
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 325.00

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Whisky reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

71 users have left 74 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.87 points.

  1. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately only a sample.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Let's start this review with a big Wow! Longrow is the peaty side of Springbank and as such I had expected a heavy pea smell. But nothing of that at all. I'd rather describe this as "elegant". Exotic fruit on sweet peat-smoke. Far away coastal texture.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Yes, now I got it: typical Springbank flavors coming to the front. Reminds me slightly of the SB12 CS. Tropical fruit on a plate of mild peat-smoke. Some salt in the back. I really like the refill sherry casks which avoid a dominant sherry influence.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and pleasant finish. While the peaty side of the dram slowly disappears, up come some nice fresh and minty flavors.

      Such a pity that I will never be able to buy a Longrow 18y, give the current crazy Springbank prices.............

  2. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21+ 21 21 21+ 85

    in general, not bad, but over the evening it could not become more tasty and rounded, as it usually happens, sorry...

  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    88-89 Fruit, dry, mineral, grass, a little peat, farm, spices, salt .. Round, drinkable. 22-22-22-22

  4. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful bottling with an extremely elegant, albeit very delicate nose. I like the pepperiness on the palate. I'm a bit surprised by the rather short finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Extremely harmonious, finely fruity nose. Very sweet, initially quite reserved. The smoke is incredibly fine, hardly noticeable.
      Fine citrus notes are accompanied by a slightly salty breeze. Apple compote and notes of pineapple join in, as does vanilla and a light pepperiness. Bundt cake and caramel aromas complete the circle.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fresh and slightly oily, it bubbles into the mouth, slightly peppery and tingling. Caramel, oranges, vanilla, raspberries, strong oak spices, dried hay, some cardboard, brine, baked apples.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short to medium-length finish with a slightly ashy-dry note and the well-known Campbeltown paprika aroma. In addition malt, mint, milk chocolate and fine citrus notes.

  5. Francishomola scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      sour, funk, apple,
    • Taste
      89 89
      lovely velvety texture,
      with water more apple
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium-long finish, gentl spice, fruits

  6. Maltimizer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Relatively round with a slight sulfur note, floury apples and pears, lemon peel, maritime and ashy, vanilla and slightly metallic notes - reminds me of old iron shelves in the cellar, later darker fruity and slightly spicy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, mild, almost palatable, again lemons, apples and pears, black pepper, salted caramel and clear oak spice, tobacco and hay, the smoke plays more of a supporting role.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and relatively dry, the fruit is almost gone, the pepper and the spice remain present. Now the sherry really comes through again.

  7. saothangbay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Gous scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. Banzai scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  12. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Where else would you find a nose like this today? Nowhere? Yep. Longrow still somehow manages to produce this sal-ammoniac aroma in their whisky that seems to have become completely extinct in other distilleries' products.
    • Nose
      Sal-ammoniac, sweet dark sherry, gentle tarry notes, medical cabinet vibes (gauzes, disinfectant), dry leather. It's just a bit farmy too. Carnival cookies. A great nose. Could this be mixed with some heavily peated whisky to produce a 1970s Islay simulation?
    • Taste
      An easygoing, oily and surprisingly light body for 46 %. The palate is IMO radically different from any other contemporary whisky, even Springbank, and the sweet, leathery sherry suits it well. No raisins or rubber. I love how the harsh chalkiness I often criticize in Springbank is here turned into this sal-ammoniac note that's both pure and lasting. This tastes like a visit to some old pharmacist's shop.
    • Finish
      The finish is the Achilles' heel. It doesn't last that long, and leaves no particular impression on me. Some time in the glass helps it develop and become more staying, and now I get some odd medical liniments and sal-ammoniac that slowly sink into my gums after swallowing.

  16. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the 2014 version (55725), the nose is clearly much more sulphuric. Taste and finish are more similar.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Papaya, sulphur, apple, peat, honey and vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Vanilla, papaya, peat, honey and peach.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, honey, vanilla, peach and orange.

  17. g2ther scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  20. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice, but not as overwhelming as other batches, especially earlier ones. A tad too shy on the nose. Still very decent, well-made stuff, maybe a bit too well-behaved...

  21. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    not every whisky wants to write many words. This whisky is certainly good, it is made to drink and enjoy, great balance.
    • Nose
      88 88
      light sherry nose interspersed with black pepper, a little sweetish smoke and iodine, a little salt
    • Taste
      87 87
      oil diluted with water with a drop of lemon, fried nuts, a little liquid, but if you slightly increase the portion, then everything falls into place. This whisky is made for drinking, not for testing :)
    • Finish
      88 88
      citruses with spices, nutty bitterness, quite long-lasting and warming

  22. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  23. MMDarthur scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

  24. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      simple peat, iodine, salty sea breeze, dried apples, dried plums, mixed protein fermentation, salty broth. 86
    • Taste
      88 88
      Plenty of dried plums, rich honey sweetness, heavy black pepper fennel spice, sea breeze fresh and salty, and balanced tannins. Citrus peel 88
    • Finish
      87 87
      Anise, tannins, a little chocolate, plenty of citrus peel, especially lime peel 87

  25. Abadon05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice combination and very varied. Nose, taste and finish are each dominated differently. I really like that. But it definitely also takes time.
    I don't like the pepperiness and spiciness. He could have been more mild and involved, then it could have gone in the direction of 90+ points.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A lot of grapes, a slight stinging from the alcohol, in the background light cherry and vanilla notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and sparkling. Minimal smoke. The tingling continues. But it goes more in the fruity direction: gooseberry, raspberry, light fruits.
      Over time, everything is integrated nicely and gains significantly in depth.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length. First sweet, then dry. The smoke now becomes more dominant. The tingling becomes less. The fruits lose something.

  26. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, nuts, dried fruits, grasses, pine needles, in the background there are also sweet fruits, but they are very discreet and interwoven, which I can't get out even after a good 30 minutes
    • Taste
      Apple, some honey, orange, nuts, very light smoke and ash out the back

  27. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite "quiet", delicate in romate. Then it adds "volume" and crunchiness. Fresh and bright. Drinking. Good balance. Unusually clean for Longrow and some too impersonal. Personally, I would like more expressiveness and pressure.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Tender, fruit, pastries, vanilla, very delicate smoke, plums, plums, milk toffee, mineral notes, fruit marmalade, very deep farm notes, sweet carbonated water, citrus, nectarine, ultra-thin sherry, peat almost imperceptible.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruity, mineral, tropical notes, fresh, straw, wax, oily.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Warms, medium, dry, straw, citrus, fresh, iris, condensed milk, mineral, pepper, peat.

  28. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very clean longrow. There is no dirt, but the distillate shines. The sherry is not excessive, but the barrel is surprisingly strong in the tart notes. Another very good Longrow 18, even if it does not have the cloud 7 factor in a distance comparison, like the 2015 bottling. The barrel is a bit too rough for that.
    • Nose
      fresh, grassy, cold smoke, candied citrus, fruit and subtle sherry, but a nice sweetness of tropical fruits. The smoke is there, but set. Amazingly clean nose for longrow.
    • Taste
      dry, peat, orange peel, immediately longrow or SPRINGBANK aroma, surprisingly bitter, clearly oak from the sherry barrel
    • Finish
      Intense and long. Sherry flavors accompany the typical longrow smokiness, orangeate, towards the end of drier, more oak.

  30. CherryHeart scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: More mature tropical fruit flavor, less intense, slightly boring, passionflower, fresh orange, dried mango, dried apricot, a little honeydew melon and pineapple, the direction of change is the increase in acidity, sour apricot, sour cream Star anise and minerals.

    Palate: brackish, kelp soup, green olives, a variety of spices, kerosene burning and roasted nut shells like sugar fried chestnuts, paste popcorn, short spicy, bitter taste is neutralized into a more intense version of Aperol .

    Balance, Body: Moderate weight is placed on the body, the fat level is still at a high level, the balance is above the graticule line, and the complexity is understated.

    Finish: Medium. Popcorn, red-flavored mesi, chestnut shells, Chinese herbal soup, grass roots, ore.

  31. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Delicious malt, beautifully set, beautiful sherry through the 18 years, dirty, all well connected.
    • Nose
      Beautiful musty cowshed, light smoke, milk chocolate, bacon, chocolate with bacon and some gingerbread spice, light citrus notes, with the addition of some spice over time, slightly peppery, oak, raisins, the sherry also comes through better with time, very creamy, too vanilla
      after the first sip also caramel, slightly floral
    • Taste
      oily, direct neat smoke, sherry, also quite dirty here, raisins, wood, spicy oak, pepper, vanilla, almost a bit of Laddie, burnt caramel, becomes drier, blood orange, chewed orange peel, tart
    • Finish
      now towards grapefruit, again sweet, still nice smoke on the palate, pleasant and warming, slightly bitter, oak

  32. DerDennis! scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  33. kaljakori scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    I've had this at a few bars, since the pricepoint for the bottle up here is just a tad too high.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, fruity, smoky. Apples, pears. A maritime-malt signature.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very pleasant taste. Unlike most peated whiskies, doesn't really bite your tongue at all. Again, fruity, woody, vanilla and smoke in a nice balance, with some honey in the development
    • Finish
      85 85
      A bit short, if I'm honest. Pleasant, with the fruit flavors developing to more darker tones.

  34. penumbra scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet to foul, green apples, apricots, peaches, oranges, oranges, pineapples, cherries, melons, grass, it is worthy of refilling Shirley and Bourbon. Spices, peat, plus some greasy nuts, cheese and mango, some minerals and almonds.
    • Taste
      Salty, rubber tires, slightly kerosene, light fruity, heavily roasted nuts, caramel, a little cream.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, nuts, cocoa, milk foam, peat.

  35. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice but the balance is a little wobbly. A small lack of consistency between nose / mouth / final
    • Nose
      A little rubber, burnt amulet, red fruit. Cassis, strawberry. Pepper, gunpowder. Gentian.
    • Taste
      On the palate it's on wood, vanilla, a little white flower, elderberry, gentian.
      Apricot, quince.
      Smoke, cold ashes.
    • Finish
      Finale on pepper and a lot of wood.
      Rhubarb.

  36. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The sherry is wonderfully integrated into the great aromas.
    Wood and fruit are very well coordinated. Unfortunately, alcoholic notes are too peppery for my taste. With a little water I can live with that.
    • Nose
      Sherry, bourbon and vanilla perfectly matched. Roasted pine nuts and crème brûlée. Matchstick note (I like it a lot) and gratinated apple pie come through. The nose is really very special.
    • Taste
      Full program oak with pepper and salt. However, the sweetness dominates the action. Roasted sugar, toffee and now hazelnuts are added. An experience in front of a campfire with baked apples in aluminum foil.
    • Finish
      Medium to rather long and characterized by the rich cocoa, chocolate, coffee notes. A bar of chocolate with a good espresso in a beach cafe by the sea. The call to buy more is dwindling, however. It's a shame actually.

  37. Palindrome scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The score on this release was inflated just a little by one person who gave it a 100. The bottle in question is nowhere near a "perfect" score. It has flaws, and these are not hard to spot. I realize that taste is subjective but surely a 100 is over the top. I noticed that the person who offered that score did not care to weigh in with comments. He also has no activity to speak of. A somewhat elusive fairy god father who made a run through the database a while back, granting 100's like pardons to hopeful sinners. Anyway for those of us who know the site well, the high scores don't throw us off the trail, :))

    Here are my tasting notes:

    Nose: Orchard fruits, Local Barley style peat (wet wool, paraffin, knife blade sharpening fluid on a stone), pine smoke, clotted cream. A whisp of sulfur hangs back in the wings like an unwelcome "ghost note." But it never makes a conspicuous entrance, thereby saving the production.

    There's also a really complex note that reminds me of lowland whisky from the old days, yes it's a grassy/apple cider note that reminds me of a nice Rosebank in my cabinet that I am loathe to finish because it's so damned good. As a result, the half finger in the bottom of the bottle has gone flat. She Stoops To Conquer.

    Mouth: peat and citrus fruits dance on the tongue, working their way outwards into sea salt, orange rind, and an herbal delight mixed with brine. I'm also picking up some of that famous Springbank "funk" that can certainly conjure up memories of my dad's farm in the rolling green hills of Oregon. Yes, there is some sulfur mixed up in that, but it could be worse. Fleeting at best, is a fairly accurate surmisal.

    The front of my tongue catches a really nice note of coffee ice cream. And this then radiates to oak on the sides of my tongue. I think this 18 has a slightly more favorable viscosity than most.

    Finish: The sulfur is gone now. I'm getting the oak and some lingering sweetness, along with chocolaty coffee notes. That's the tannins talking. I would call this finish medium-bordering-on-long.

  38. huseeraaja scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Pleasant Whisky (88)
    • Nose
      Citruses, a little farm peat, dry wood, leather, vanilla .... tropics with notes of jelly bears, wet wool (22)
    • Taste
      Salt, spices, smoke and citrus marmalades (22)
    • Finish
      Finish first sweet, rounded ... wax, citrus, salt and ash, leather and berries. (22)

  40. Bretorianer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  41. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, rubber, honey, chocolate, cherries, orange, peach and a mix of nuts.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, honey, peach, apricot, orange, burnt wood, almonds, light salty, sea salt and chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, almonds, nutmeg, oak, peat smoke, chocolate, little fruit and orange.

  42. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The 18's is very different then his younger, more charged brothers. He is more restrained and elegant. No trace of sulfur. Also much less dark in the nose and mouth. The sherry holds herself back gracefully. He looks but overall adult. It's just a little more subdued. The smoke is also withdrawn. Everything harmoniously interwoven. But that does not mean that this is a boring one. For me, this is an elegant character head.

  43. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I caught a local misfortune when I learned the price of the bottle. This is really great drinking.
    • Nose
      Light smoke, supplemented with a lot of fruit, honey and spice tones.
    • Taste
      The taste of this drink offers a perfectly balanced component of smoke, fruit, wood and spices. Quite strange is Chameleon's behavior when I try to find some fruit so there is simply. Bananas, citrus, apples, pears, maracuja, mango, raspberries, grapes ...
    • Finish
      Dozvuk is fruity juicy and smoke is very casual and decent. It stays long and ends to dry to the full end.

  44. McMoulis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  45. Fassstärke scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  46. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A well-matured and well-balanced whisky from no doubt high-quality barrels that I like. I like these rock-solid whiskys where a handcrafted handwriting is recognizable, that's how I imagine oldschool - 09.05.2018
    • Nose
      Fruity, gooseberry, yellow plums, apricot, green apple, salty-maritime, it is powerful, voluminous and a bit set, cellar space, solvents, vanilla, smoke I can not perceive here, for me it is an aroma of well-dried beech wood

      Only the emptied glass provides the described smoke note in the form of smoked fish and bacon
    • Taste
      Mild and oily, a delicate pepper note that spreads throughout the mouth and stuns the palate, salty maritime, smoky aroma, sweetness of light fruits followed by fruity bitter notes as from a fruit candy, dried fruits, tender oak, light nuts, coffee
    • Finish
      medium

  47. lapinbilly scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky, accurate, the flavors are easily indentifiable, and everything is perfectly balanced!
    • Nose
      Vegetable peat, barley, yellow fruits, vanilla, menthol and camphor, very pleasant!
    • Taste
      sweet and creamy, herbaceous, peppery, minty.
      Sweet apple (Pink Lady), peat and a hint of salt. Very balanced!
    • Finish
      Long finish, between sweet and salty, with sweet apple and pineapple.

  48. davidloosli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Gummy bears, ananas, something dirty and oily, vanilla sweetness, peach, cherry
    • Taste
      Sharpness, peppery, after a short time gets a lot fruitier, cherry, a little earthiness
    • Finish
      a lot of wood notes but not bitter, ananas at the end, a touch of peat, dirty

  49. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very well balanced Longrow at 18 years. It's not easy to get the full flavour of the 60% Refill Sherry Casks therefore the sherry touch is quite gentle. The smoke is not to dominant and the farming Springbank charakter is coming along well.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, vanilla, caramel, green apple, grass, yellow fruits (lemon, pears, some pineapple), salt, minerals, "farming Springbank", some red fruits.
    • Taste
      Smoke, the farming smell/taste keeps on going (very mature here), lemon, oranges, ginger, minerals, salt, a few spices.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Oak, smoke, dark chocolate, salt, some fudgy scones.

  51. Malinois scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at Spirits In The Sky 2017 10/13

    Beautiful whisky, but loses some points because of the sulfur. Normally I don't care about this and it brings some depth. But with this one, it's reverse of that.

  52. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Warm, balanced, buttery, a bit of toffee, subdued campbeltown funk, and yes, sulfur, but I must admit I also find sulfur in previous bottlings of Longrow 18's -- so maybe it's by design?

  53. Dominic did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted with Flavourman, thanks to Olivier for the delicious sample. Nose: cereals, bread, nuts, yellow apple Taste: bread, cereals, oatmeal, grapefruit Finish: slightly bitter, mild aftertaste, black pepper

  54. moving_coil scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    NoseA salty Talisker tribute act at the Campbeltown Festival this year? A peaty mineral bed in the background followed by a little refill sherry that carries the traditional Longrow 18 profile - 91

    TasteThere is the refill sherry growing becoming more intense with some light tannins. Then extremely salty which is just fantastic. Great texture for the abv then very strong Campbeltown/Yoichi style combustion with some punchy non-Islay smoke - 91

    FinishStill some saltiness with usual Longrow 18 signature becoming more apparent. Slight Springbank sherry rubberiness (from some of those hit and miss casks that were heavily muted here for most of the part) but this soon fades leaving just the wonderful coastal saltiness - 89

    CommentsProbably the best Longrow 18 since the chocolate box/cigar malt from 2014. The sherry plays a great part without any sulphur poisoning this grand whisky. Would be beyond cult status if the sherry was as error-free as the bourbon cask which is the real hero for sculpting a fantastic Longrow 18 for 2017. I don't understand how this is still on the shelf whilst Longrow Red and the latest Springbank 12 are sold out at their RRP. No complaints from me and definitely one to stack up on even if 2018's Longrow 18 is better!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

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

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  56. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    If I had to describe it in one word: Qualitative
    • Nose
      Aromatic and sweet smoke with lots of oranges, typical mineral, the smoke brings tar and burning car tires, the whole but everything wonderfully interconnected
    • Taste
      Sweet and smoky, the onset is strong, but it sounds very harmonious, the oranges are now fully there, the saltiness and the mineral is unmistakably on Springbank close
    • Finish
      The 18 years bring along oak, which is accompanied by the smoke and a slightly bitter, but sweet orange peel

  57. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  58. mjr1987 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Tropical fruit to start, tinned pineapple along with the juice, slightly oily, with a touch of macadamia. And the faintest whiffs of Parmesan cheese, a sulphered cask must have got into the marriage but does not totally spoil it.

    Palate: Syrupy mouthfeel, oily but not extremely slippery on the tongue. Here comes the touch of smoke, with more of a mossy nature than woody. Quite coastal with the saltiness, and cod liver oil. The sulpher dissipates a little.

    Finish: Dried mangoes appear with a little mixed spice. Has good length too it with a dune grass smoke but loses points with the slightly grated parmsan finish. And I usually don't mind that sort of whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  59. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Refined flavors with nice sherry / bourbon ratio. More oak, less peat.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, sherry and bourbon vanilla. Waxy apple and citruses. Sulphur. Menthol and camphor.
    • Taste
      Not too peaty. Salt and pepper, roasted chestnut, mint. Big dose of matured oak. Red apple.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Cocoa, metals.

  60. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  61. steinrich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  62. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  63. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during a Springbank Masterclass tasting at the Campbeltown whisky festival.

    The nose is all about bourbon vanilla and sherry-induced aromas with some hints of peat.  If only the one slightly sulphured cask has not slipped through the quality control I would have scored it 89 or even 90 points.  The mouthfeel is nicely coating with no hot nor peppery moments, excellent!  The taste is on sweet sherry and vanilla-driven toffee flavours with not that much peat as one would expect.  The finish is medium to long and even sweeter on delicious chocolatey flavours.  Be cautious with water as it releases significantly more sulphury flavours both in the nose and on the palate - so if you are sensitive to the smell of hell (like me) enjoy it neat!

    A good dram that is very quaffable...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  64. zormik scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  65. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great marriage between fruity and spicy flavors. Very creamy and oily mouthfeel which I like very much and despite its 46% this Whisky has a long, meaty finish as well. An extremely well-balanced beauty!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  66. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    of course the presentation mark is a joke but I didn´t want to spoil the average rating
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  67. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    thought I probably couldsave some money this year, but I should have known, that I´ have to buy a bottle.thanks pollenflug for the sample
    • Nose
      very curious about this one cause compared to older version this one is rated very high. I have always been a great fan of this bottle, so let´s see:

      everything´s still there. old coins, shoepolish, rancid butter, ash, smoke, damp earth. so no  real change and who would complain?

      maybe it´s a tad fruitier this year, I found a handful of lemons and apples. hints of solvent, quite some mild oak
    • Taste
      now, on the palate I´d say there is a change, cause this one is more quaffable, it doesn´t have this austerity we are used from longrow 18. still it is brilliant, as I mentioned a bit fruitier but the distillery character is displaced clearly. the oak comes through with wonderful chestnut flavours.
    • Finish
      long and clean.

  68. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The first nose starts very promising: sweet, fruity, smoky and maritime. Bright fruits, such as apples, pears and oranges, quickly take over the aromatic upper hand. Also, exotic fruits, such as passion fruit and pineapple, I perceive after a few minutes. In the background there are pleasant notes of vanilla / caramel, red fruits (raspberries, strawberries) and delicate oak. The harmoniously integrated smoke and the clear maritime notes (salt) are always present.
    • Taste
      Pleasant start, the silky, very oily texture envelops the palate and the mouth. At the beginning with a very slight tingling at the tip of the tongue, sweet (primarily light) fruits, salt and smoke are also my first impressions. Oranges, grapefruit, passion fruit, red fruits and caramel flood the palate, closely followed by a noticeable saltiness, chocolate, nuts, light oak and rather subtle smoke. Very complex and wonderfully balanced.
    • Finish
      Long. The light and red fruits gradually fade, salty bittersweet chocolate, smoke and spicy oak notes are noticeably gaining in dominance. In terms of taste, the flavors of the refill sherry casks on the finish have so far developed most, even if they tend to linger in the background. In the end, getting slightly drier.

  69. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A typical springbank sherried whisky.
    • Nose
      Immediately some sulfur, waxes, gentle peat behind it, then comes more citrus fruits, hints of red fruits, cereals. 
    • Taste
      Some sulfur, Lemon candies, herb, very minty.
    • Finish
      medium finish, minty chocolate, brownie.

  70. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: It is very sweet, pears and light marshmallow notes. Roasted pine nuts and crème, brûlée followed by a very buttery cheesecake base with a soft hint of licorice.
    Taste: The sweetness continues on the palate; with hard toffees, caramelized sugar, sticky toffee pudding, nougat and fresh cream with hints of charred embers.
    Finish: Beautiful and rich, dark chocolate followed by coffee beans, liqueur-like, Viennese strudel. Rounded off with the typical Longrow notes of coastal sea salt flavors and gentle smokiness.

  71. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Terrific! Expensive but worth every taler!
    • Nose
      Aromatic peat smoke along with a full juice orange, almost like orange juice, strawberries, floral, very mineral, at some point the acid fades and honey melons and mango remain,
    • Taste
      Moderate onset, light smoke, milk chocolate and ice cream, the orange juice turns into orange peel - as so often in Springbank, light oak tones, malt sweetness, unripe banana
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, mineral, wood smoke, oak, remains sticky for a long time

  72. moving_coil scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Probably the best Longrow 18 since the chocolate box/cigar malt from 2014. The sherry plays a great part without any sulphur poisoning this grand whisky. Would be beyond cult status if the sherry was as error-free as the bourbon cask which is the real hero for sculpting a fantastic Longrow 18 for 2017.
    • Nose
      A salty Talisker tribute act at the Campbeltown Festival this year? A peaty mineral bed in the background followed by a little refill sherry that carries the traditional Longrow 18 profile - 91
    • Taste
      There is the refill sherry growing becoming more intense with some light tannins. Then extremely salty which is just fantastic. Great texture for the abv then very strong Campbeltown/Yoichi style combustion with some punchy non-Islay smoke - 91
    • Finish
      Long. Some saltiness with usual Longrow 18 signature becoming more apparent. Slight Springbank sherry rubberiness (from some of those hit and miss casks that were heavily muted here for most of the part) but this soon fades leaving just the wonderful coastal saltiness - 89

  73. bert61nl scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    From the distillery:

    Nose - Very sweet; pear drops and light marshmallows. Roasted pine nuts and creme brûlée followed by a very buttery cheesecake base with a soft liquorice note. Taste - The sweetness continues on the palate; with hard boiled toffee sweets, caramelised sugar, sticky toffee pudding, nougat and fresh cream with hints of charred embers.Finish - Lovely and rich: dark chocolate followed by coffee beans, liquorish, viennese whirls. This is rounded off with the signature Longrow notes of coastal sea salt flavours and a gentle smokiness. 

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