A very well aged version of a Longmorn bottled for the USA market. Apparently there have been a couple good ones for the USA since this is the 3rd one I’ve tasted that trickled back to Europe.
Full frontal fruit and resin without being completely overpowering and not too heavy either. Quite waxy with a very decent dollop of wood. Apple, a hint of cinnamon, licorice root but a hint of glue as well.
Pretty sharp but that’s no surprise for a 35 year old whisky that’s still at 61% ABV. Again, not too overpowering. Vanilla, honey, wood, bees wax. A very nice balance and very full flavoured. Quite creamy too like pastry and vanilla cream.
The finish isn’t too long and offer mostly the same as the palate. A little bit spicier with ginger. Mostly waxy, resin and wood.
To be honest, I love this stuff. I like whiskies that are quite waxy and resiny. A bit dirty, so to say. Of course, there’s the danger of them becoming gluey, but this one just shies away from that. A very different kind of old Longmorn that the more fruity ones that are available, but very much in line with some of the Gordon & MacPhail ones from last year.
I just found out it’s a bourbon cask and that explains quite a lot. It was very dark for a bourbon cask, though.
Longmorn 1968-2003, 34yo, Scott’s Selection, USA market, 61.3%, € 135 but LONG gone.