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 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).