Longmorn 1961
57 Year Old Private Collection 2 Bottle Set

140cl / 42.9%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Gordon & MacPhail
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The oldest Longmorn single malts ever released, and for a very special reason. On 2 February 1961, these two whiskies were filled into twin first-fill sherry hogsheads by George Urquhart, who led the second generation of the Gordon & MacPhail bottling dynasty, and sat side-by-side in the warehouse for 57 years – when they were discovered by Stuart and Richard Urquhart, fifth generation family members who also happen to be twins. The pair were fascinated by the prospect of whisky that mirrored their own experience – sharing the same DNA, but shaped by different maturation – and bottled both hogsheads, one European Oak, one American Oak, in tribute to the beguiling nature of twins. These two whiskies, each of which would be worthy of attention in its own right, together create a fascinating showcase of not only the maturation potential of excellent whisky, but also the captivating qualities produced by different wood on identical spirit.
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Series
Private Collection
Age
57 Year Old
Vintage
1961
Bottling Date
February 2018
No of Bottles
100
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside
Cask Type
First-Fill Sherry Hogshead
Cask Number
508+512

Longmorn 1961 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes on Cask No.508 (European Oak) by Richard Urquhart

    Aroma: Sweet aromas of heady rum and raisin intermingle with distinctive marzipan; hints of dark orange chocolate follow. Fresh and lingering notes of crushed mint in a pestle mix with notes reminiscent of our old wooden teak deck. The nose of this Longmorn has a lovely and delectably intense fruitiness, softened only slightly by hints of vanilla pods and thick sticky treacle.come to the fore, underscored by distinctive charred oak. Fruity aromas, red cherry, raisin, and orange peel, develop – graceful highlights resulting from fifty-seven years of Sherry cask maturation. Towards the end, the base notes are sweet and lingering, hints of maple syrup and almonds, almost marzipan like, add depth.

    Palate: The initial flavours of this ultra-aged Longmorn are quite captivating and comforting: dry-roasted coffee notes infuse with dark chocolate and hazelnuts balanced perfectly by delectably sweet marzipan. Zesty orange peel transforms into a mouth-coating creaminess; dry fruits and dates weave pleasantly with the smooth butter notes. Mouth-warming chilli spice prickles the palate evolving into lingering cracked black pepper notes. Rounded and rich, as they combine and mature into tropical fruit flavours – ripe banana and kiwi included. The bitter decadence of dark chocolate adds a fascinating depth. This Longmorn is intricately layered, as the robust sweetness dissipates, a grounding earthiness comes to the fore with the lightest of touches of distinctive coriander and lingering hints of peat smoke in the background.

    Finish: Smooth, creamy, and satisfying. The incredible Longmorn spirit has developed nicely in the European Oak Sherry cask; the marriage of the two stays with you, for a long time, with an enjoyably fruity finish.

    With water: The warming spice is mellowed and the creaminess becomes more pronounced. The malt is sweeter, more defined fruit notes, really bringing out more of the Sherry hogshead’s influences. The orange peel notes have mellowed slightly, while milk chocolate and cocoa become more prominent, and then, to finish it off, hints of coffee. The palate is softer now; the vivid fruitiness has matured into ripe banana, summer peach, and plump and juicy raspberry. There is an underlying vanilla pod intricacy throughout.

  • Tasting notes on Cask No.512 (American Oak) by Stuart Urquhart

    Aroma: The nose on this intricate and well-aged Speysider is quite complex yet well balanced. Initially, notes of subtle vanilla come to the fore, underscored by distinctive charred oak. Fruity aromas, red cherry, raisin, and orange peel, develop – graceful highlights resulting from fifty-seven years of Sherry cask maturation. Towards the end, the base notes are sweet and lingering, hints of maple syrup and almonds, almost marzipan like, add depth.

    Palate: Surprisingly fresh and lively initially for an ultra-aged Sherry-matured single malt. Bitter orange and lemon become more rounded, rich, as they combine and mature into tropical fruit flavours – ripe banana and kiwi included. The bitter decadence of dark chocolate adds a fascinating depth. This Longmorn is intricately layered, as the robust sweetness dissipates, a grounding earthiness comes to the fore with the lightest of touches of distinctive coriander and lingering hints of peat smoke in the background.

    Finish: Substantial! Charred oak, dark chocolate, and orange peel linger. A fascinating, smooth finish. One to be pondered and enjoyed before taking the next sip.

    With water:  The sweet almond aromas are now truly marzipan; burnt melting sugar combines with a touch of cooked apple. The palate is softer now; the vivid fruitiness has matured into ripe banana, summer peach, and plump and juicy raspberry. There is an underlying vanilla pod intricacy throughout.

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