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Longmorn, 16-year-old (Scotland)
It?s good to see an unjustly neglected Speyside malt now becoming more readily available, and no longer just the preserve of the blenders. Chivas? new expression of Longmorn is certainly a welcome addition, and is offered in an extremely attractive presentation, non-chill-filtered and at the unusual strength of 48%. It replaces the existing 15-year-old bottling and Neil Macdonald, Brand Director for Malts at Chivas Brothers, says ?Longmorn has been considered the ?hidden jewel? of Speyside for many years by distillers and connoisseurs alike and the new Longmorn is the perfect expression of luxury malt. Longmorn 16 Year Old is a rare and desirable whisky, with an outstanding reputation amongst whisky cognoscenti, paired with packaging that combines effortless simplicity and total attention to detail.? The nose offers cream, spice, toffee apples and honey. Medium bodied in the mouth, this Longmorn displays fudge, butter and lots of spice. The finish is quite long, with oak and late lingering dry spices. 48.0% ABV, 70cl, ?50, specialist whisky merchants.
Longmorn, 1964, Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection (Scotland)
Like the veteran Glen Mhor in the same series, this offering from the Speyside distillery of Longmorn is a newcomer to the Private Collection, and was distilled on 27th March 1964, being matured in first-fill Sherry hogshead number 1534. Bottled in late summer 2010, 164 bottles have been made available. Dark chocolate cherry liqueur and raisins, hints of vanilla, spice and smoky Sherry. Initially extremely fruity on the palate, spicy, with smoke and dry Sherry, becoming more oaky and astringent. Very long and drying to coal soot in the finish. Extremely moreish! 51.9% ABV, 70cl, ?280.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Longmorn, Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling 7.48, 1968 (Scotland)
Another big, Sherried whisky which is perfect for the winter months is this veteran offering from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. A little detective work with the Society?s tasting notes leads to the conclusion that this is actually a Longmorn, from the Chivas-owned distillery situated south of Elgin. It has spent 40 years in a Sherry butt, from which 381 bottles have been filled. The nose is rich and refined, mature, with Sherry, figs and bananas. The addition of water teases out molasses and smoking house chimneys. The palate carries on where the nose leaves off, with sweet, spicy, Christmas pudding character. The finish dries quite rapidly, which can surely be forgiven in such a venerable dram. When reduced with water it is initially fruitier, with a final, not unpleasant, note of soot. 53.5% ABV, 70cl, ?180, SMWS.



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