Longmorn 1964 – Gordon & MacPhail

This week I’ll finish reviewing the Longmorns from Gordon & MacPhail. After that, there will be some random tasting notes before I pick up another series. Today, the oldest of the bunch will be reviewed.

Longmorn 1964 - Gordon & MacPhailYou can smell it’s old. Old fruit on the brink of getting moldy. There’s a tad of paint thinner or turpentine but also anise, loads of light fruit like grapes and pears before they’re ripe. A nice combination of light and sweet flavours, with a lot of wood to bring it all together.

Although the age and lower ABV it’s still rather closed and doesn’t open quickly. It starts building flavour quite slowly and has a rather sirupy palate. Bitter woodiness, sweet blackberry jam. It gets sweeter after a minute with brown sugar and molasses.

The finish is very surprising and very different. Very light and creamy with vanilla and fudge. Quite long but it does get a bit cheesy. A slight hint of dairy is what remains.

Another of these Longmorns that is on the brink of being too woody. The complexity of this dram is pretty great and the paint note is pushed to the background, compared to the 1969. The flavour could have been a bit more complex with a few more pronounced fruits in there, but I didn’t pick up on those.

Longmorn 1964, 46 years old, Gordon & MacPhail, 47.7%, First Fill Sherry Butt 5614, available at Jurgen’s Whiskyhuis for € 463.99

5 stars


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. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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