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Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating 56 votes 89.76

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 22
Finish 23
Balance 22

Tastingtags

22 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
30 May 2017 4:16 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 88 points

[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...

Weighted Rate
88.2
Nose
87
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
84
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
spigray
Expert Senior spigray Review note
20 May 2017 1:34 pm
spigray gave this whisky 92 points

of course the presentation mark is a joke but I didn´t want to spoil the average rating

Weighted Rate
91.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
93
Body
92
Finish
92
Price
89
Presentation
92
spigray
Expert Senior spigray Tasting note
20 May 2017 12:32 pm
spigray gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Gin clear
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.

Comments

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

Pollenflug
Expert Senior Pollenflug Tasting note
19 May 2017 4:58 pm
Pollenflug gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Die erste Nase beginnt sehr vielversprechend: Süß, fruchtig, rauchig und maritim. Helle Früchte, wie Äpfel, Birnen und Orangen, übernehmen schnell die aromatische Oberhand. Auch exotische Früchte, wie Maracuja und Ananas, nehme ich nach einigen Minuten wahr. Im Hintergrund befinden sich angenehme Noten von Vanille/Karamell, roten Früchten (Himbeeren, Erdbeeren) und zarte Eiche. Der sehr harmonisch eingebundene Rauch und die deutlichen maritimen Noten (Salz) sind stets präsent.

Taste

Angenehmer Antritt, die seidige, sehr ölige Textur umhüllt den Gaumen und den Mundraum. Zu Beginn mit einem ganz leichten Prickeln an der Zungenspitze, süße (primär helle) Früchte, Salz und Rauch sind auch hier wieder meine ersten Eindrücke. Orangen, Grapefruit, Maracuja, rote Früchte und Karamell fluten den Gaumen, dicht gefolgt von einer spürbaren Salzigkeit, Schokolade, Nüssen, leichter Eichenwürze und eher dezentem Rauch. Sehr komplex und wunderbar ausbalanciert.

Finish

Lang. Die hellen und roten Früchte verblassen allmählich, salzige Zartbitterschokolade, Rauch und würzige Eichenholznoten gewinnen spürbar an Dominanz. Geschmacklich kommen die Aromen der Refill-Sherryfässer im Abgang bisher am stärksten zur Entfaltung, auch wenn sie eher im Hintergrund verweilen. Ganz zum Schluss minimal trockener werdend.

Comments

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Dram Dracula
Expert Senior Dram Dracula Note
08 Sep 2017 5:53 am
Dram Dracula gave this whisky 89 points

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?

Dominic
Member Senior Dominic Note
03 Aug 2017 8:41 pm

Geproefd met Flavourman, met dank aan Olivier voor de lekkere sample.

Neus: graantjes, brood, nootjes, gele appel

Smaak: brood, cereals, havermout, pompelmoes

Afdronk: licht bittertje, milde afdronk, black pepper

moving_coil
Member Senior moving_coil Review note
30 Jul 2017 2:04 am
moving_coil gave this whisky 90 points

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

Still 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

Comments

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. 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!

Weighted Rate
90.4
Nose
91
Initial taste
92
Body
91
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
90
Eilean a' Cheo
Expert Junior Eilean a' Cheo Review note
23 Jul 2017 6:34 pm
Eilean a' Cheo gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
90.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
91
Presentation
91
schero
Expert Senior schero Tasting note
09 Jul 2017 11:27 pm
schero gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Aromatischer und süßer Rauch mit sehr viel Orangen, typisch mineralisch, der Rauch bringt Teer und brennende Autoreifen hervor, das ganze aber alles wunderbar miteinander verbunden

Taste

Süß und rauchig, der Antritt ist stark, er klingt aber sehr harmonisch ab, die Orangen sind jetzt voll da, die Salzigkeit und das Mineralische lässt unverkennbar auf Springbank schließen 

Finish

Die 18 Jahre bringen Eiche mit, die vom Rauch und einer leicht bitteren, aber süßen Orangenschale begleitet wird

Comments

Wenn ich ihn in einem Wort beschreiben müsste: Qualitativ 

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kimmosuo
Expert Senior kimmosuo Review note
29 Jun 2017 10:58 pm
kimmosuo gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.7
Nose
86
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
87
Presentation
88

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