Single malt whisky - tasting notes

21 Sep 2010

Longmorn 1990 (SMOS)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Longmorn

Longmorn distilled in 1990 already surprised me once (Longmorn 1990/2005 by Berry Bros). After getting a nice review on Whiskyfun, this similar release in the Single Malts of Scotland series is now sold out.


Longmorn 1990 - Single Malts of Scotland Longmorn 19 yo 1990 (54,5%, Single Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #25003, 219 btl.)

Nose: immediately expressive, with big spicy notes on a background of slightly bubblegummy fruit. A lot of mint and nutmeg, some vanilla and eucalyptus. Kumquat. Apricot. Pencil shavings and sawdust. Floral notes as well. Quite modern in style – accessible but with a nice complexity. Mouth: clean, punchy and fruity, like a fruit liqueur, with hints of pear drops, very sugary barley and Frosties. Some honey. A little chlorophyl. Hints of moccha. Finish: long and malty, on sweet oak and icing sugar. A little mint again.


A punchy and modern Longmorn, with a creamy texture and fruity notes that made me think it was a couple of years younger. Nicely done. TWE now has a similar 1989 version on sale (around € 60).

Score: 87/100

Longmorn 1990 (SMOS) Ruben Luyten 2010-09-21
  • nulty

    I have the 1989 version of this.

    From your notes (and mine) it seems quite similar.

    Apricots and vanilla on the nose, with some breadcrumbs. A lot of alcohol at first, it needs to settle a good ten minutes.
    I found the palate to be quite disappointing after that, weak and light.
    Nice finish though, dry fruits and some bitterness.

    The last word I would use to describre cask 27841 is “punchy” but it did taste like something younger.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Thanks for your insight!

  • nulty

    Actually I think I had this one yesterday and it tastes nothing like the 1989. This one is way better !

    I say “I think” because the sample label says “Mortlach SMoS 19yo 1990/2009 54,5%” but I can’t find any Mortlach close to that and our tasting notes are very similar :)

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Mortlach :-)

  • nulty

    What ?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Well whoever gave you the sample, should pay more attention to the labeling. We’re talking about a Longmorn, right :-)

  • nulty

    Yes we are, I checked with my friend and it’s actullay this Longmorn, as I thought.

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