Scotch and Other Whiskies > Single Malt > Longrow
Distilled in October of 2001 and filled in to an ex-Bourbon Barrel, the whisky was transferred to a Chardonnay cask, where it finished for 10 years. This Longrow, which is double distilled and heavily peated Springbank single malt, has been bottled at 54.6% and 17 years of age. KWM helped select this cask, which was bottled for the Alberta importer Gold Medal Marketing. 360 total bottles.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: thick, creamy, oily and tarry; lavender infused creme brulee, tapioca pudding and buttery-maritime peat oils; fresh strawberries, melon and citrus; lightly salted caramel, soft smoke and hot-decadent spices: ginger and cinnamon.
Palate: still thick, buttery and oily; loads of caramel, including the salted sort, more lavender creme brulee and old English Butterscotch; there is a growing base of decadent spices: candied ginger and cinnamon sticks; the oily body holds soft peat and tarry tones while smoke drifts delicately overtop; the base is creamy with vanilla, honey and coconut; the decadence and peat leave little room for the fruits to pop up, but the melon, strawberry and citrus tones are still there, and overtime make their presence more prominently felt.
Finish: long and bold; still decadent, coating, creamy and oily; layered just like the nose and palate.
Comment: I have long been a sceptic of wine casks, but the wine influence here is deft, it is really the oak that is the star; time has rounded out the phenols nicely and pulled some lovely notes out of the ex-Bourbon and presumably French oak; if you like creamy, fruity and decadent peated whiskies, you will love this one; if you don't, all the more for the rest of us!
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