Longmorn 1978 / 31 Year Old / Masterpieces

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Longmorn 1978 / 31 Year Old / Masterpieces
70cl / 58%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
The first in a new series of bottlings from Speciality Drinks, this fantastic 1978 Longmorn is intense and seemingly impenetrable at first, but patience and a few drops of water reveal its true nature: a fruity, nutty Masterpiece straight out of the patisserie.
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More Details:
CountryScotlandRegionSpeysideBottlerSpeciality Drinks LtdBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesMasterpiecesAge31 Year OldVintage1978Cask TypeBourbonNo of Bottles135
Tasting Notes:
Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

Owner of the bottlers Sukhinder Singh is a fan of Longmorn, so no wonder he chose this cask for this new series called ‘Masterpieces’.

Colour: full gold.

Nose: it’s not a fruitful, exuberant Longmorn at first nosing, we’re rather more on light toffee and café latte with just a little kirsch on top of that. Coffee-Schnapps? Now, the high alcohol may block it a bit… So, with water: water unleashed grass, tea and green bananas, before it settles down on ‘ideas’ of rhum agricole and apple pie.

Mouth (neat): oh, this is one of the zestier Longmorns ever as it starts all on lemon marmalade, lemon balm, a little peppermint and maybe a little ginger ale. Creamy mouth feel. More vanilla after that, a little mead, orange cake…

With water: perfect! Even zestier, orangey, with some pink grapefruits and hints of marshmallows. Finish: not too long but very fresh, lemony, with some ‘zesty herbs’ in the aftertaste (sorrel, coriander).

Comments: maybe this baby hasn’t got the older ones’ (1968-1972) lusciousness but it’s otherwise quite perfect. Loved the palate when diluted. SGP:651 - 89 points.

Tasting Notes by Tim F

N: Classic bourboned Longmorn character, with fresh red apples, honey, vanilla & coconut, then very fruity with apples, sweet grapefruit, tinned pears and maybe even a hint of dried bananas. There's a nuttiness here too (brazils, hazelnuts).  Water lifts some sweet pastry aromas - think pecan pie.

P:  Initially pretty big, dry and mouthfilling at full strength, with the nuts and the oak building a rock-solid foundation and the appley fruits making forays to the front.  As the palate adjusts after a few sips, the real nature of this whisky emerges: Smoked vanilla and cocoa; exquisite honeyed fruitiness; an array of patisserie aromas; all resting on a bed of impossibly well-defined oak and warming spices.  Comes over all apple pie and pink grapefruit when a few drops of water are added, with the fruits really bursting out of the glass.

F: Good length; warm, with fading spices.  Holds together well all the way to the death.

C: Initially seems a bit foreboding, quite austere and impenetrable.  Patience and a small amount of water are well rewarded as the palate blossoms. A serious whisky requiring and deserving of one's full attention.

Customer Reviews:(2 reviews)
I had this one at The Whisky Show 2010. Despite sampling Glenfiddich 40, Dalmore 40, Glenfarclas 40 etc, this Longmorn was THE masterpiece of the Show to me!
- Darius G., Lithuania, 25th Mar '11
- bondy drinks whisky, 5th Nov '10
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