I still have some samples lying around from a Bottle-Share organized by the Belgium ‘Gedeelde Vreugde’ forum from 7 of the 8 Whisky Exchange Anniversary bottles. The only one not available at that time for the Bottle-Share was the Japanese Karuizawa 1982. Luckily, I have that bottle sitting on my shelf so in the end, after months and months, there will be a full report eventually.
Lots of dried fruits and lots of wood. A hint of smoke in the background, but something cheesy as well. Weird. There are a lot of spices and still a lot of wood. It reminds me some more typical Japanese whiskies. Anise, wet oak, something fresh. There is a LOT going on here. Pine cones and resin.
The taste builds gradually to a fairly massive crescendo. I get some lemonade (the lemon-lemonade, in Dutch lemonade is a general term ;-)) but also a hint of something viscous, almost greasy. Lots of spices again, cinnamon, ginger. Quite dry later on but also peaches, peppers, plums and. Beefy as well.
The finish also build up at first. It starts off quite gentle but intensifies quickly. Dry and dusty with a lot of sweetness. Again, very spicy. Again, beefy. I also get a hint of tree bark.
This is one intense dram. There is so much going on that I usually don’t get many flavours. In this case that was different and that made me fall in love with this a little. At some points I thought it would be too much. Too much scents and flavours, too many directions, too woody. But just at the edge to that description it held back a bit.
I’m not sure if the balance is all that perfect, but I simply love the more or less endless journey you can take within this whisky to discover everything that’s going on!
Longmorn 1969-2009, 39 years old, 57.7%, used to be available at The Whisky Exchange for about € 225.
Overal experience: 9
Total: 38 points
The other TWE 10th Anniversary reviews: