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Longrow 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.95/100
votes
239
Whiskybase ID
WB94804
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
03.04.2017
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

€ 169.56

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239 × member ratings

503 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Longrow 18-year-old

61 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.95 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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)

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