Longmorn 18, Christmas Edition, 43% – Sansibar

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Apparently Sansibar released a Christmas Edition about three years ago from Longmorn Distillery. Also apparently, a sample of it found its way to my shelf. I had no idea it was there, and the fact that there only was a Whiskybase Number on the label instead of any other info made for a nice ‘blind tasting’.

Of course, I didn’t really do it blind since I didn’t want to start the evening with a 60% belter and not taste anything for the rest of the night, so I checked before hand. I guess a Whiskybase ID and an ABV are ideal.

Let’s just dive in, before I really start rambling.

A gentle start with lots of baking spices, and a whiff of aniseed. So, a more crisp note as well. A scent of old wine is present as well. It’s quite rich with lots of wine-cask notes. A sherry or port wine that is. Not overly specific, interestingly.

The palate is smooth and gentle. A bit of a spicy bite, with oak mulch, old casks and a rich soil note. It strangely tastes like port casks, and oloroso sherry. Some dates and chocolate.

The finish brings some more spices and a little bit of a bitter note. Like cherry stones, and almond. There’s almond like sherry too.

The way the sherry tastes reminds me a bit of how Dalmore can taste. Good, but not overly complex. It’s Christmas-y in the same way that sherry is, based on what people used to drink at Christmas, back in the 70s when Sherry was much more popular than it is now.



About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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