Longmorn 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch: So last week we looked at The Old Malt Cask’s version of the Longmorn; the batch that had been aged for 21 years instead of the standard 16yo. Originally introduced to replace the 15yo, as part of a relaunch, in a bid to get this great distillery the recognition it deserved. If you were not aware, the 16 year old bottling is the only single malt Longmorn produce and although they do produce much more, most of their whisky gets infused into blends. On the nose: you get a lovely warm waft of caramel, aniseed and vanilla. This is then closely followed up by some spices, dried apricots and a beautiful note of malted barley. On the palate: those sweet and warm caramel notes are apparent, followed by a lovely floral note that wasn’t ever-present in the nose. Those aniseed notes start to emerge towards the end of the palate. The finish: is very smooth, with very little alcohol burn. It is a little grainy but there is a small suggestion of zestiness that lingers.
The verdict: As expected, it wasn’t as full in character as the 21 year old “Old Malt Cask” we tasted last week but it still had some very tasty notes. For me,It is more on the lighter side and would be great as a summer dram or as an everyday light dram. As with all single malt scotches – this is best enjoyed straight, or with a very small amount of mineral water to allow the flavours to breathe.
Longmorn 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online at the Whisky Shop for £68.99.