01 Feb 2013
Longmorn 1971 (Spirito DiVino)
Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Longmorn
It has been a while… I’ve moved to a new house and my internet provider decided to create an administrative mess. A week without internet, phone or tv. Thanks to everyone who suggested to make it public on Twitter, suddenly it was taken to a higher gear.
Spirito DiVino is a beer and drinks shop in Wevelgem, Belgium. A small shop, but as they wanted to move into whisky, they decided to buy a parcel of Longmorn 1971 and stick their label onto it. It was not a huge success: everyone seemed to agree it was very good, but as a semi-official bottling it was expensive, and the small yield stayed available for a long time. As far as I know the shop didn’t venture another bottling.
(57,3%, OB for Spirito DiVino 2009, 56 btl.)
Nose: starts on apples, apricot jam and fruit tea, with a soft grassy side to it. Citrus, a little mint, sage and wax. There’s also a tropical touch (guava, banana) but less so than most of the 1975/1976 expressions. Fairly high on spices (nutmeg, ginger). Also a faint coastal note. Complex but not the most sexy version. Mouth: starts on oak spices and herbs, but after this a beautiful wave of fruits comes rushing in: pineapple, tangerine, pink grapefruit, banana and passion fruit. Overall more fresh / citrusy than warm / tropical again (more 1976 than 1975 if you like). Fades on fruit tea and a dryness from the oak. Finish: long, still citrusy and gingery.
A spicy and slightly oaky Longmorn of high quality. It surely wasn’t cheap at the time (around € 190), but even then it’s remarkable that this didn’t sell like hotcakes at the time. Now they’re gone.