Longmorn 16 Year

Scotch Whisky Review #129: Longmorn 16 Year

Photo Credit to Nicks Wine Merchants

Distillery: Longmorn

Region: Speyside

Price: Sample courtesy of /u/pwnedapanda!

ABV: 48%

Age: 16 Year

Color: 1.1, Burnished. Non Chill Filtered.

This is the fourth in my Countdown to Christmas series where I’ll be posting a review a day until Christmas. You can find the entire series here.

Nose: (according to the wife) Notes of fresh pears, maple syrup, and orange sorbet make up this one.

Palate: It’s a fairly warm dram. There is a lot of baking spices along with an a spiced orange marmalade and a hint of ginger that make it so. Great dram for a really cold day (it was 15°F/-9.5°C here).

Finish: A bit on the short side. Ginger and orange peels were all I got before it went away.

Conclusion: Longmorn is a real interesting distillery from what I can tell. They’re a fairly small one located right next door to Benriach and basically only have two or three official releases despite there being plenty out there bottled by Independent Bottlers. I try not to characterize drams as summer vs. winter but every now and again, one comes along just needs to be had with the right kind of weather. This is one of them. It’s a pleasant ball of warmth that really needs to be enjoyed when the weather is cold. The ginger, baking spices, and spiced orange really work together to create an almost tea-like flavor palate and it just spreads warmth throughout your chest and arms. It’s great and I’m glad I didn’t try this in the summer. Would I buy a bottle? Maybe.

Final Score: 81.

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Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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