Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
60% Refill Sherry Casks, 40% Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Apr 2017 10:06 pm by bert61nl

Average value

€ 130.53

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198 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.05 points

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The sherry is wonderfully integrated into the great flavors.
    Wood and fruit very well matched.
    For my taste but unfortunately too peppery alcoholic notes. I can live with a lot of water.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sherry, bourbon and vanilla tuned clean. Pine nuts and creme brulee roasted. Matchstick note (I like it very much) and baked apple pie come through. The nose is really special.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full program oak with pepper and salt. However, the sweetness dominates the events. Roasted sugar, toffee and now comes hazelnut. An experience in front of a campfire with baked apples in aluminum foil.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to rather long and characterized by the rich cocoa, chocolate, coffee notes. A bar of chocolate for a good espresso in a beach cafe by the sea. However, the call to buy more is dwindling. That's a pity.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. CherryHeart scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    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.


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