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23 Apr 2012

Longmorn 1988 (First Cask)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Longmorn

Jan Kok and Marcel Bol, both Keepers of the Quaich and responsible for Whisky Import Nederland (WIN), distribute a lot of whisky brands in the Netherlands but they also select their own casks in the First Cask series. They haven’t really featured on this blog before (except for a quick heads-up on a Glen Grant 1985) so let’s try this recent Longmorn 1988.

 

Longmorn 1988 First CaskLongmorn 23 yo 1988
(52,6%, WIN ‘First Cask’ 2012,
refill sherry hogshead #14379, 259 btl.)

Nose: obviously sherried, with cooked fruits, berries, oak polish and mint. Raisins and apples. On a second level there are hints of old grain whisky (banana / coconut / vanilla), interesting to have these elements combined. Evolves mostly on spicy notes. Mouth: very sweet and candied. Nicely sherried again although there’s still a sugary barley  core to be found. Plums, apples with cinnamon, pear candy. Again a sweet coconut edge. Hints of fruit cake. Some milk chocolate. Remains very sweet until the end. Finish: long and creamy, on sweet fruit biscuits with soft spices.

A very sweet Longmorn full of candied fruits and some unexpected touches. I really enjoyed it. Around € 100.

Score: 89/100

Longmorn 1988 (First Cask) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-04-23
  • http://sjoerd972.wordpress.com Sjoerd de Haan

    I thought it was pretty terrific! Especially a 23 year old Longmorn at € 100. That’s kind of a rarity these days.

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
  • WhiskyNotes: It's not so much a matter of trusting a score as it is a matter of being able to relate to it.

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