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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.Tasting Notes (2)
Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)
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.
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….
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).
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.
Owner of the bottlers Sukhinder Singh is a fan of Longmorn, so no wonder he chose this cask for this new series called ‘Masterpieces’.
Tasting Notes by Tim F
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.
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.
Good length; warm, with fading spices. Holds together well all the way to the death.
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.
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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!
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