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 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.