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23 Jan 2012

Longrow 18 years (2011)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Longrow

In 2008, Longrow released its first 18 year-old followed by this second version in 2011. The spirit is distilled twice with a peating level of around 50 ppm. One of the Islay-style whiskies produced on the mainland. It used to be an experiment at Springbank but distillation has taken place regularly since 1992.

 

Longrow 18 yearsLongrow 18 years
(46%, OB 2011, 2280 btl.)

Nose: great nose with a smooth mixture of mineral notes (wet stone, sand), coastal notes (soft brine, seaweed) and rounder fruity notes (apple and pear). It shows a kind of gentle peatiness and balance that reminds me of some of the best (though much older) Port Ellens. Mouth: oily, with a slightly sharp peatiness. Some medicinal notes. A spicy kick (pepper and ginger) and a zesty bitterness (tonic). After this first wave the balance returns with sweeter notes of citrus candy and apple, although the bitterness never disappears completely. Finish: long, half peppery, half sweet, half bitter (that’s three halves…) with some earthy peat.

I really love the sophisticated nose but there’s a certain roughness in the taste which keeps me from rating it higher. Very nice whisky anyway. Originally around € 130.

Score: 90/100

Longrow 18 years (2011) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-01-23
  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal Granov

    mmm. sounds yummy. having tasted younger LR’s (CV,14) i think this will be to my liking.

    G

  • Nick T.

    I luckily was able to secure a bottle of this for 70 GBP :) Nice review, and I have really enjoyed every Longrow I have tried even with the limited availability in the US.

  • http://www.scotchwhiskyblog.wordpress.com Norbert

    I’ve tasted this Longrow 18 weeks ago and I totally agree with your notes Ruben. Now this is my favourite OB from Campbeltown.

  • MaltMuggle77

    I just got a bottle of this 2011 release. I’m really looking forward to it. Your review is fantastic! Have you seen the 2012 release? It’s much darker… I wonder which of the 3 (2008, 2011, 2012) will take the crown?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Haven’t tried the other releases, sorry.

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