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.
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.