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LONGMORN 21 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
On the nose: it instantly reminded me of a Japanese whisky with wafts of liquorice, warm caramel and honey, topped off with mixed fruits. This was then followed up by vanilla, spices, a tiny bit of butterscotch, some zesty lime, oak and some notes of a floral nature. On the palate: it’s not as sweet as the nose suggests but those honey notes will emerge beneath a fresh burst of lime, aniseed and oak. After a second taste those floral notes will start to emerge, along with some spices. The finish: is very smooth, with moderate alcohol burn and lingering honey notes..
The verdict: What was great about tasting this 21yo Longmorn was firstly: how unusual it is to taste a Longmorn aged for this long, and secondly: just how much more flavour there is and how close to a Japanese whisky it tastes at this age. A truly superb whisky that has some absolutely wonderful notes, that creates an everyday evening summer 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.
The Old Malt Cask 21 Year Old Longmorn Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online at the Whisky Shop for £155, which I think is an absolute bargain.