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Longmorn 18 Years Old

84.08 / 100

Fresh & Floral Flavours

Visual: 3.28 /5  •  Aroma: 21.36 /25  •  Taste: 32.41 /40   •  Finish: 27.03 /30

Dram Code: E72

Producer: Longmorn

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Unknown

Age: 18

Country: Scotland

Region: Speyside

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: Unknown

ABV: 48%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Duty-Free Exclusive

Price: $147.74 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E72

Producer: Longmorn

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Unknown

Age: 18

Country: Scotland

Region: Speyside

ABV: 48%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: Unknown

Release: Duty-Free Exclusive

Price: $147.74 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

About This Dram

After opening the Caperdonich 21 last time, I decided we should see what one of the other whiskies in the “Secret Speyside” collection has to offer. Longmorn is a strong favourite of the modern “whisky geek”, but is also a historical favourite too.

While it has won many “distillery of the year” awards in recent years for its rarely seen single malts and independently bottled offerings (including some wonderful SMWS bottles), it was historically one of the most sought after ingredients for blends. Indeed it is what’s known as a “top dressing” malt, and was the keystone of many highly acclaimed blends. Indeed, it still is today.

Perhaps one of the most famous proponents of Longmorn’s quality is Masataka Taketsuru, the Grandfather of Japanese whisky, and the man responsible for founding both Suntory and Nikka. In fact, he was so taken with the quality of the whisky that he had the stills for his own distillery made to match Longmorn’s still perfectly! Imitation truly is the best form of flattery.

The official 16 hasn’t been seen in BC for about half a decade, so it was a great surprise and delight to see this appear in the warehouse. An official bottling that is 18 years old and 48% – what a treat. And the price? Well, it’s simply incredible, to be frank. I love it when the delivery driver thinks we’re an airport…

 

Tasting Notes

Fennel, blueberries, salted liquorice, walnuts and pear greeted our nose and invited us to discover more. The palate added plums, buttercream, dates and dry port. There was a sweet vanilla cakeyness, almost muffin-like holding the disparate flavours together. Such an array of flavours, there’s some serious fun to be had discovering what’s hiding in this dram.

By Adam Bradshaw on February 22, 2020

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.