To kick off a week and a bit of Longmorn reviews, a combined post of one full review and one very short one.
I got into a bit of an odd situation when Govert, one of the ‘Longmorn Brothers‘ and a huge collector of the Speyside malt, dropped by to swap some samples. We were talking shop and annoying the misses since she couldn’t hear the telly over our babbling. Then, after a couple of minutes he grabbed a glass and dumped a small sample of Longmorn 1959 in it.
I was completely baffled and didn’t know what to say. Usually when tasting such drams I make sure the setting is perfect. Feet on the table, notepad and pen ready, the stereo playing some nice tunes and such. Now, none of those boxes were ticked, and the notepad not ready thing kind of annoyed me. I did write some stuff down after he left, though!
Longmorn 1959, 40%
This was a Longmorn as I like the old ones. You get hit by waves of old factory scents, including machine oil and grease. Charcoal, spices and in general a ‘very old’ taste to it.
Longmorn 1955, 25 year old Gordon & MacPhail, 40% (old brown label)
An even older sample was swapped. I just love trying those things. This one I tried in a more prepared setting.
This one had a somewhat more modern feel to it, albeit not much. The nose hits right away with full sherry, lots of fruit and a hint of wood. A mix of dried fruits like plums, peaches, apricots and apples. The 40% does diminish it just a little bit. There is a slight layer of spices after a while but also some orange and shoe polish. It does give that old fashioned scent.
On the palate there a slight tinge of alcohol, but its a very smooth sip. Warm tropical fruit, mango and chili pepper. A hint of wood, but not as much as you’d expect from a 25 year old. Again the oranges.
The finish is not extremely long. Lots of fruit and very mature. Spicy with a heavy and feinty background.
A top dram from the year my mum was born.
Although I would have loved to spend an evening with the first dram, its the surprises in the whisky world that make it so enjoyable. I would have loved to see my stunned face after he simply upended the sample bottle in a glass that was sitting around. Luckily it was a clean glass…
The next couple of days I will review the five recent bottlings of Longmorn by Gordon & MacPhail for their reserve collection (1964, 1966, 1968, 1969 and 1972).