Archive for the ‘Longmorn’ Category

Mackillop’s Choice Longmorn 1988 (28 year old) 60.8%

Bourbon Cask 14357/ Dist: Oct 1988 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A big hit of ‘Bourbony’ oak with dark rye-like herbal and spicy notes. Hints of pepper, wood shavings, vanilla, nutmeg and light treacle. Yep, it’s a serious oak fest!

The palate opens with dry, dusty tannins, malt and rye-like spices. Hints of treacle, moist raisinated fruit, violety spice and alcohol follows. The finish is not surprisingly masked and dry, but the sweet vanilla and treacle add some balance. Sweet pepper, cinnamon and ginger notes in the after-taste. Damn that must have been a tight cask!

Water emphasises the oils and brings out some orange and dark chocolate. The palate is still very oaky with dark chocolate and dark wood spice. Long, herbal and peppery finish. It’s a lovely whisky but the character is pretty much all oak derived.


Douglas McGibbon Provenance Longmorn 2003 (11 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1126/ Dist: May 2003 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: Jun 2015

The nose displays some lightly oiled white fruit and minerals along with hints of herbal barley and toasted toffee.

The palate is quite oak dominated, kicking off with oily toffee and vanilla. Some refreshing citrus and white fruit notes freshen a little but the oily toffee notes remain.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Longmorn 2003 (11 year old) 46%

sample received at 58.39%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1139/ Dist May 2003 Btl: June 2015/ Tasted: Dec 2015

Aromas of taught but fragrant barley, spice, white chocolate, herbs, white fruit, straw and green apple. With time hints of buttery oak appear.

The palate is quite barley’d with sweet-ish but drying spices and a touch of wood tannin. Hints of white fruit, apricot and herbs come through on the middle. Long, with lingering spice, barley and finally some buttery oak.

Water helps the nose open up rather well. Sub tropical now with melon, apricot and white fruits. Slightly grassy with the oak still subtle and still buttery. The palate is not as tropical as the nose. Again the barley leads off. Still pleasantly fruity with hints of straw and pepper in the finish.

Single Malts of Scotland Longmorn 1992 (21 year old) 49.7%

Bourbon Cask 110979/ Dist: 1992 Btl: March 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

Nose: Youthful, dark, malty and herbal with balsamic hints along with some dried, pruney fruit and dark grains. Very intense with a serious earthy character. With time a touch of lanolin, musk and earthy spice appears.  

Palate: Soft and very coffee’d. Again the dark grains, malt and treacle go head to head. There a touch of almost sherried dried fruit on the middle with developing cocoa and spice notes.  

Finish: Long and spicy with just a soupçon of tannin, but a shed load of dark, grainy spices! The spices become a little rye-like in their intensity and a touch of bitter chocolate comes through on the after-taste.  

Conclusion: Good whisky and dark chocolate is a great combination, especially when it’s in the same glass!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Longmorn 1994 (19 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2413/ Dist: Dec 1994 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

The nose displays plenty of dense, oily apricot and dusty clove pieced orange. Hints of dusty barley, thyme and building, almost mentholated herbs. Very lightly oaked with just a touch of oak character.

The palate is soft and a little watery but there’s some pleasant citrus and toffee along with that building, slightly mentholated herbalness. The citrus comes through with a real bite on the finish as does a light oak note.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Longmorn 2002(?) (11 year old) 46%

Code: HEP0036/ Dist: ???? Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

A beautifully fragrant nose of violety bourbon oak with toffee barley, apricot and grass.

The palate is fragrant and soft with plenty of bourbony notes. Hints of toffee, apricot , barley and corn follow with a balancing citrus note. Lovely, spicy, almost rye-like finish. Yes it’s heavy on the oak but the spirit adds a lovely freshness.


Hunter Laing Distillers Art Longmorn 1999 (15 year old) 48%

Bourbon/ Code: ART0027/ Dist: Nov 1999 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

Quite dark and very malty aromas. Hints of sugar coated boiled sweets; liquorice and sweet apricot appear along with lightly oiled and subtle coffee, dates and spice. Finally it becomes quite herbal with a hint of heather.

The palate opens with a subtle roasted coffee note along with slightly burnt liquorice and again some rye-like herbs. Very mineral on the middle with some piquant but sweet spices and late, lazy smoke. Very long and very malty with a ‘beery’ dried fruit and liquorice finish.

Boisdale Longmorn 1992 (19 year old) 46%

Bourbon Hogshead 71762/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2012/ Tasted: Sept 2013 

Quite a sweet nose of pure vanilla oak, sweet barley with hints of apricot, banana, sweet spice and violet. The aromas have a sort of grainy edge to them and the oak continues to develop and become quite dominant. 

The palate is quite dry; again there is plenty of sweet oak on show along with hints of apricot, banana, barley and spice. Pleasantly spicy on the middle and slightly grainy with a light treacle and mineral finish. It’s pleasant enough in a straightforward manner, and it is definitely not showing its age.

Dewar Rattray Longmorn 1996 (14 year old) 46% – sample at cask strength 55.9%

Bourbon Cask 97630/ Dist: 1996 Btl: May 2011

A lovely, classic Speyside nose of fresh citrus with herbaceous notes of fern, camphor and pine needles along with hints of crystalised fruit, honey and dusty oak. The palate is as intense and fresh as the nose but a tad oilier and deeper with more apricot, nuts and oak character. The lovely crisp almost sharp citrus arrives on the middle with mouth watering clarity and finish with a herbal flourish.

With water (an approximation of what it will be like at 46%) the nose has become heavier and oilier with the oak being a touch more in control and exuding marzipan like aromas although given time the herbal citrus notes do come through. The palate also displays a little more oak with some slightly burnt caramel notes and some heavy honey flavours which build until a short burst of citrus cleanses the palate leaving the crystalised fruit showing in the finish. A perfectly charming dram.

Dewar Rattray Longmorn 1992 (15 year old) 56.8%

Bourbon Cask 119400/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2008/ Tasted: May 2008

This is a nice Longmorn, probably not as intense as the James McArthur 14 year old, but it’s still very nice. It’s rich and fruity on the nose, packed with apricot, orange and tangerine flavours abetted by a touch of vanilla, developing spice and dunnage warehouse floors.

The palate is quiet oily and again jam packed with an array of soft peach, apricot, orange and tangerine. It’s a veritable fruit salad that fills the mouth nicely. Lovely intensity with a touch of salt and spice to give it complexity. Good, long oily length.

A drop of water softens and brings out crisp barley and an apple blossom note on the nose along with light coffee. On the palate, if anything it makes it a tad sweeter, bringing out oodles of candied fruit and crisp barley. It’s velvety soft, like angels dancing on the tongue! Lovely!

Dewar Rattray Longmorn 1993 (19 year old) 54.8%

Bourbon Cask 68004/ Dist: 1993 Btl: Apr 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

A slightly high toned and very grassy nose with hints of dried reeds, crisp honey and a touch of apricot. Quite vibrant and fresh but there is a mature dénouement to the honey. It takes awhile for the oak to show, but it does eventually with a buttery character.

The palate is soft and succulent, full of apricot, straw, dark toffee, treacle, malt and coffee. It is distinctly darker than the nose would suggest! Piquant alcohol masks the middle but it does have a lovely buttery oak fade with just a deft sprinkling of crumbly spice.

With water the nose becomes gorgeously honeyed with plenty of barley unleashed. The oak has become more noticeable but not too prominent as the granity crispness balances. Stunningly deep now. The palate has become seriously citrusy with honey drizzled tangerine. The citrus fruit is quite pithy and makes the palate considerably lighter. Lightly honeyed with hints of grass and gentle oak. Still displaying that lovely crumbly spice in the finish.

Dewar Rattray Longmorn 1984 (20 year old) 54%

Refill Bourbon Cask 2748/ Dist: Mar 1984 Btl: Sept 2005/ Tasted: Nov 2005

Pronounced slightly oily aromas of rich toffee fudge cake, light spices. Pleasantly delicate. Develops a floral citrus note along with some vanilla oil and white chocolate. A lovely, light, clean white chocolate palate. Oily and deep with a touch of citrus, nuts and wood notes. Lovely length with a vanilla fudge cake and walnut finish.

A drop of water emphasises the vanilla oils, bringing out some light caramel and floral notes. The palate becomes very spicy and emphasises the wood tannins.

Dewar Rattray Longmorn 1990 (20 year old) 52.5%

Bourbon cask 30025/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2010/ Tasted: Sept 2010

A beautiful nose of polished orange fruit. Surprisingly gristy with plenty of herbal malt and barley. Lovely succulent depth, slightly oily in character and delightfully impregnated with dusty spices. With time the charred vanilla oak adds to the complexity as does a floral top note.

Soft and juicy on the palate. Like the nose there is plenty of gristy barley and a soupcon of honey. It opens into a lovely softly spiced middle with a gentle alcohol nip and finished with a floral finale.

With water the nose is a shade oilier and the orange/ tangerine fruit takes on a lovely purity as does the honey, which now shows more maturity. The palate has become a lot sweeter. Less intense and slightly watery, but the gloriously soft fruit makes up for it. One can see that this was bottled in the nick of time as the botanical spirit rules at the death. My advice would be to take this neat.

AD Rattray Longmorn 1992 (21 year old) 48%

Bourbon Cask 110987/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: Aug 2014

The aromas are quite earthy and mature with baked fruit and grainy coffee notes. Brittle barley and some sweet honey follow along with hints of white flowers. Very appealing and complex with the honey and barley balancing the baked fruit. With time a little mature oak is noticeable. 

The palate opens with toffee and baked fruit, followed by silky barley. The honey is quite dark in character and with a little time flecks of citrus come through. Lovely, oily middle with the baked fruit beginning to dominate. Good, fresh finish as the alcohol kicks in and the citrus asserts. Long with hints of caramel and coffee in the sfter-taste.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 7.66 ‘Harmonious Existence of Flavour’ (Longmorn) 1992 (18 year old 49.4%

Refill Bourbon/ Dist: Apr 1992 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

A deep and intensely fruity nose with plenty of crisp citrus and granity notes. There is a beguiling maturity to the honey and the subservient oak adds a buttery twist. With time a slightly floral note emerges. However with water it becomes a lot oilier and a lot less interesting.  

The palate is quite soft and linear with hints of barley and coffee. Dilution just makes it rather watery. Quite long with some herbal flourishes but water makes it confected.  

Conclusion: Water strips what little complexity it had to begin with!

Queen of the Moorlands Longmorn 12year old 55.4%

Sherry/ Tasted: Sept 2007

Raw sherry aromas. Must be a first fill butt. It’s big, rich and orangey. Not much spirit character, but it’s a good clean butt with violets and sherry spice notes. Water brings out oily cinnamon, dust spices, honey and a touch of lemon.

The palate is very sherried, yet the fruit has a nice softness. Again nice and clean with violet and floral notes/. Water softens and brings out the fruit and coffee spices. Good length with the alcohol dominating the finish which water softens. In conclusion: A good clean sherry butt. Excellent nose, but there isn’t a lot of the character of the spirit.

Speyside Distillery Scott’s Selection Longmorn-Glenlivet 1970 (30 year old) 57.2%

Sherry/ Dist: 1970 Btl: 2000/ Tasted: Oct 2004

A deep, aged nose of dried fruit and slightly vegetal sherry notes. Very deep with some sweet, blood orange, earth and a touch of peat. Quite sweet on the palate, full bodied with plenty of mature dried fruit, oak, earth, orange and spiced fruit cake. Mouth-watering alcohol yet soft and very long with hints of walnuts, almonds, dried spiced apricot fruit. Seriously spicy finish.

Murray McDavid Longmorn 1990 (13 year old) 46%

Bourbon Cask MM30085/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2003/ Tasted: 2003 (from cask)

Wow (I used this exclamation on numerous occasions) A rich heavy, oily nose. Alsace like white fruit combined with truffle oil, linseed oil, fudge in an intoxicating quite sweet bouquet. The palate was quite lighter in texture, but rich nevertheless with white fruit, crème caramel, and spice notes. The finish was very long and fruity with herb and peat notes. 

Murray McDavid Longmorn 1990 (14 year old) 46%

Bourbon Cask MM0406/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2004

Soft, clean aromas of fruit, oak and salt with a touch of liquorice/ aniseed. The palate is delicate with an intensity that builds nicely to a floral/ fruity finish with that hint of salt.