Single malt whisky - tasting notes

07 Jun 2013

Longrow Rundlets & Kilderkins

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Longrow

The second release from Springbank‘s Rundlets and Kilderkins series after the Springbank Rundlets & Kilderkins, a peated Longrow this time, matured in small 60-80 litre casks.

 

Longrow Rundlets & KilderkinsLongrow 11 yo 2001
‘Rundlets & Kilderkins’
(51,7%, OB 2013, 9000 btl.)

Nose: very sooty and briny. Lots of earthy notes as well, and whiffs of forests in the rain. Tarry fisherman’s rope. Heather. You can feel some grape notes underneath, but the spirit is big enough to overcome the wine. Finally a farmy (slightly sulphury) note that’s actually pretty nice. Mouth: sweet and toffee-like at first, before a wave of peat smoke and plenty of ashes takes over. A lovely combination of berry fruitiness and farmy notes. Quite unique. Evolving towards drier notes, liquorice and dusty cocoa. Slightly misplaced violet syrup… Pepper and ginger too. Finish: long, spicy and smoky with cinnamon and wood.

 

This is interestingly different, and quite enjoyable. More or less a niche within the field of peated malts, with lots of things happening at the same time. The small casks did a good job again. Around € 70.

Score: 86/100

Longrow Rundlets & Kilderkins 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-06-07
  • Bob

    were they ex-wine casks? where did they grape notes come from?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Not sure, but to me at least there are hints of wine-finished whisky in there. I believe these casks were newish (being a size not used for a very long time), so they must have been seasoned to some degree before being filled with newmake. Anyway I’ve checked out other reviews and more people seem to pick up these grape notes.

  • Bob

    thanks!

Categories

Calendar

September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

Coming up

  • Bowmore Devil's Casks - Batch 2
  • Tomatin 1988 (Malts of Scotland)
  • Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
  • Blair Athol 2002 (Hepburn's Choice)
  • Fettercairn Fior
  • Bowmore Laimrig 15yo
  • Ben Nevis 2002 (Port cask #334)

1601 notes by Ruben

WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.