Last but certainly not least in our Gordon & MacPhail evening was a whisky from Longmorn.
Longmorn Distillery is found between Glen of Rothes and Elgin. Its name is derived from the Gaelic, Lhanmorgund, which means “place of the holy man”. This is a reference to the church which once stood there. Prior to the distillery being built in 1897, there had also been a grain mill on the site. R.J.S. McDowell considered Longmorn to be one of the top four malt whiskies.
And what did our Whisky Ladies think?
Longmorn (2002/2015) 43%
- Nose – Bacon! Yippee!! Then overripe fruits, creamy custard, nutmeg and such yummy eggnog, a bit of spice, ginger bread, shifted to sweet spices, peanut brittle… all this before the 1st sip!! Then… wool jacket with smoke, more fruits
- Palate – Curious quality, black liquorice, peppercorn, so sweet, soft tobacco which took a long time to develop… smooth
- Finish – Musky smoke, comforting wrapping around like a warm blanket with a black liquorice chaser
One remarked how it was like an “elegant man” and yet also a bit of an old dandy.
I’ll admit I had a moment before we opened the bottle of dread… what if it was a disaster? The last Longmorn we had was less than stellar… yet the Longmorn of old was a character – a most enjoyable one at that – so our hope was it would lean more towards such a style.
And the verdict? A complete hit. Sweet but with substance. Just the right elements of light smoke with sweetness from the sherry.
On the bottle, the notes confirmed it is from 1st fill ex-sherry hogsheads and described as:
Delicate Sherry notes with stewed apples, pear and traces of tobacco. The palate has white pepper initially with banana and orange flavours complemented by a creamy milk chocolate chip.
Here’s what the folks over at Gordon & MacPhail have to say on their website:
- Aroma – Delicate Sherry influences with vanilla, stewed apple, and cinnamon spice. Hints of dried tobacco and cream soda are complemented by milk chocolate aromas.
- Taste – Sweet and creamy initially with mild chilli spice developing. Liquorice, orange zest, and toffee flavours followed by a milk chocolate edge.
- Aroma – Delicate Sherry initially with fresh green apple, sweet hay, and banana aromas with hints of toasted pecan nuts.
- Taste – Peppery with green apple, grapefruit, and charred oak flavours are complemented by a mouth coating milk chocolate and Brazil nut edge.
Would we agree? Mostly… but were we completely mistaken about some light peat? Surely not!
The affordable G&MP trio featured:
- Glendullan 2001/2014 46%
- Aultmore 2000/2014 46%
- Longmorn 2002/2015 43% – this post
This bottle was purchased at The Whisky Exchange for GBP 48 and freshly opened in November 2017 by our Whisky Ladies of Mumbai.
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