Nose: a fully mature Longmorn this time, obviously more complex, with more spicy herbs, herbal liqueurs, mint, a little vanilla, touches of sour apples and peaches… Quite some nutmeg and cinnamon as well. With water: gets more oriental. Green curry, cardamom, even a little incense, with also some vanilla in the background.
Mouth (neat): excellent attack, full, quite complex, extremely satisfying. Perfect balance between the fruits, the resinous notes and the sweet spices. Goes on with a continuous duet between the fruits (peaches and other garden fruits) and the spices and pine resin. Really perfect.
With water: purrfekt. Waxy, flinty, citrusy, spicy… And a perfect mouth feel.
Finish: long, with the spices cleaning up your palate. Gingery aftertaste.
Comments: top notch spirit from a top notch cask, topnotchally selected (wot?) Could also have been a northern Highlander. I may have said it before but why Pernod/Chivas don’t do much out of the Longmorn brand name remains a total mystery to this poor whisky lover. SGP:562 - 91 points.