Longmorn is one of those distilleries that sometimes gets missed and often over-shadowed by its more prominent neighbour BenRiach. And yet after a particular birthday in Singapore, Longmorn will always be one of the very few distilleries I’ve sampled from my ‘birth year’ – 1969!
As for this particular dram – it came from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. One of the things I get a kick out of from this bottler are their labels and the stories these graphic-novel style images tell:
Back in 1894, the Longmorn distillery was founded in Speyside. Four years later, the founder John Duff founded a second distillery a couple hundred metres from Longmorn, called Longmorn 2: Electric Boogaloo (maybe not that last part, but it was called Longmorn 2 until it became BenRiach). The two distilleries worked together, and eventually had a private railroad built between them to transport barley, peat and other sundries. In fact, if you visit Longmorn today, you’ll find a steam engine in the distillery – a sneak peek of which you can see on our Longmorn label.
For us, as interesting as the story around the distillery is… it is the stuff in the glass that matters most! So what did we find?
Longmorn 10 year Batch 3, 48.3% (TBWC) 1793 bottles (available in 2019)
- Nose – Toffee, salty, creamy… a lip smacking creme caramel, fruity, apple strudel, carrot cake, freshly baked bread, bit floral too
- Palate – Unexpectedly lively – fruits come to the fore with more apple, pear and even some berries then the white and black pepper spice kicks up in a delicious interplay
- Finish – Peppery with a tangy citrus zing that mellows into honey
There was much more oomph and character on the palate than anticipated from the aromas. We found of all sampled that evening, this one had the most ‘swagger’ and ‘spunk.’ And yet was still dressed up in a pretty flouncy dress with all the fruit, floral and baked goods… just strutting about with dock martins!
Here are tasting notes from the chaps over at Master of Malt:
- Nose: Sponge cake with honey and strawberry jam initially, then a bit of floral barley and toasted oats. A hint of orchard fruit and wood spice underneath.
- Palate: Baking spice, toffee and dark fruits, with some minty herbal notes, orange zest and drying oak.
- Finish: Black pepper heat develops alongside white grapes and shortbread.
Would I agree? Pretty much jibes with what we found… Our mini came as part of the Master of Malt 2019 Advent Calendar and was tasted one fine weekend in Dunkerton, Somerset. A full bottle would set you back around GBP 77.
What else did we try that summery evening?
- Brenne Cuvée Spéciale French Single Malt Whisky 40%
- Mackmyra Äppelblom 46.1%
- Mackmyra Vinterglöd 46.1%
As for other brushes with Longmorn? Just check these out….
- 13 year (2002/2015) 43% (G&MP) – Another demonstration that the distillery does deliver
- 16 year 48% – The quest for the elusive official bottling
- 24 year (1990/2015) 53.7% (SMoS) – Autumnal glory
- 25 year (1988/2014) Cask 14384 46% (Berry’s Bro) – From an evening in Dubai
- Longmorn (1969/1980s) 61.5% (G&MP) – Birthday dram
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