The second Longmorn on an evening and quite a different one. Not only did this one stand out in colour (it was much less brown and much more yellow), but the flavour profile varied a bit too!
Wood at first, but it quickly opens up to allow a heavier profile to shine. Peaches and very waxy, with sweet curry spices. This smells more like a Clynelish than a Longmorn!
The taste is rather light and spicy. Pepper and other more gentle spices, dry and again the waxiness combined with a bit of a sirupy mouth feel. Again peaches but also dried apples and I got strawberries at some point.
A very weird Longmorn to be sure. But a very good one too. I really enjoy the waxiness, but that might be my love for Clynelish speaking. This one diverged from all the others in this line-up. After tasting such a whisky I do realize that I should get more familiar with herbs and spices to better identify what I am smelling. A terrific, but somewhat odd dram.
Longmorn 1968-2011, 43 years old, Gordon & MacPhail Reserve, Selected by Van Wees, 55.4%, First Fill Sherry Butt 909, available at Jurgen’s Whiskyhuis for € 406.99