Blind Tasting Competition 13 – Longrow 16, Fresh Manzanilla Sherry, 56.1%

By now the competition has lost most of its fun to me. There’s barely any regular cask in this year’s line-up which means it’s ridiculously hard to guess what’s what. For some reason quite some others who score much more points than me. What am I doing wrong?

This one, however, should have been something I could guess much better than I did. One of the few that is a distillery regular, from this era and without some ridiculous type of oak around it.

Longrow 16 from a fresh Manzanilla cask. Image from Whiskybase

Longrow 16 from a fresh Manzanilla cask. Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
Pretty sharp and it might be the littlest bit smoky. Not sure again. It’s not a Lagavulin or anything in that league of peat, that’s for sure! Grain and sharp woodiness, slightly sherried I’d say. Some cheese too, or yogurt. Some cinnamon. A strange combination, but not too much depth yet. Opens up nicely after half an hour or so.

Sip:
Dry and a rather bitter woodiness. Chili peppers, with some sweet sherry behind it. It stays sharp for a long while. The dry bit stays for a long while but the flavour of slightly aged cheddar is present too. After half a minute or so, it becomes sweeter, more gentle.

Swallow:
A long finish with not too many interesting things happening. The texture becomes a bit less dry and grainy. The creaminess stays, the cheese is gone after it had some time in the glass.

I’m not sure if I ever had a whisky that improved so massively with some time in the glass. At first I thought it was rather nasty, but it has opened up and grown on me. Pretty nice too.

Oh, 9 friggin’ points by the way. My abv was rather close, but everything else was way off.

For some reason it reminds me of Highland Park’s Saint Magnus. I only tasted that some years ago, when it came out in 2010. Still, the sharpness, the sherry and also that strange note at first would fit the distillery, as far as my palate goes…

I don’t think I have tasted that cheesy bit with a Longrow before. It’s a damn fine whisky but I am surprised by the low level of phenols I picked up. Somehow I’ve recently tasted Springbanks with more peat and now apparently a Longrow with less. What a strange world we’re living in…

Longrow 16, Fresh Manzanilla Sherry, 56.1% (bottled for a German wine trading company). Available in German whisky stores for about € 125

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y and beer. I like to listen to loads of music and read an occasional book. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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3 Responses to Blind Tasting Competition 13 – Longrow 16, Fresh Manzanilla Sherry, 56.1%

  1. Sandokan says:

    Leuke review Sjoerd… ja, het valt niet mee dit jaar hè? Zo zie je maar hoe relatief alles is; de quasi wetenschap die we er aan denken te kunnen hangen laat ons vaker dan lief in de steek ;-).

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