The baby of the bunch. I heard from different people that this was the best one, but I think it will be hard to top the Clynelish-like 1968. Thus far it has been a nice ride with some very good whiskies. All of them had a very minor flaw to keep them from being perfect, I guess. Nonetheless, Only one 4 star dram and the rest has been five stars. Lets see what happens here.
The youngest smells a little bit less woody, but also rather closed. It sure takes a few minutes to open up. After that I get anise and fruit salad. Melon is most prominent. Very fresh and what I get most is galia melon and its peels. It is quite sharp, actually.
Sharp, thick and compact, however it does start building up right away. Dry with chili pepper. I tried adding a little water but then it gets a bit thin, but also more waxy. I still get the melon peel, but that’s about it.
The finish is beautiful with old wood, furniture polish and ‘old library’. Full thick fruit like papaya and mango. The finish is pretty long, a little dry and leaves a tooth paste like feeling on your teeth.
I think this one is the most complex of all five Longmorns in the range. Although its quite closed off at first when it starts opening up there are many different flavours to explore and the woodiness is not as massive as on the others. With water the profile changes quite a bit, but that’s not a bad thing in this case. Both before and after a drop of water its very interesting to dive in. On par with the 1968.
Longmorn 1972-2011, 39 years old, Gordon & MacPhail Reserve, Selected by Van Wees, 53.4%, First Fill Sherry Butt 1084, available at Jurgen’s Whiskyhuis for € 327.99