Longmorn 14yo 1996/2011 (46%, A.D. Rattray, Bourbon, C#97630, 304 Bts) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Longmorn 14yo 1996/2011 (46%, A.D. Rattray, Bourbon, C#97630, 304 Bts)

Another single cask bottling from A.D. Rattray bottled at 46% in place of cask strength however without chill filtration or the addition of colouring. On the nose there is some good cleanness (or perhaps a better term would be uncluttered), a combination of dusty and green malt (unusually), light honey and heather (now those two DO go together) all of which is followed by some very nice unlit tobacco notes (think of breaking up a cigarette and nosing the toasted unlit tobacco) and perhaps a hint of smoke. Deep down there’s also some nice fruit. All in all a very good collection of aromas but then again this is hardly surprising considering it’s Longmorn. The taste is slightly peppery with the malt and some very nice oak spice and dark chocolate; all very active and some what dry on the palate all followed some really good moments of fruitiness. Seductive and very nice. The finish is very much as the taste with loads of dry oaky notes combined with the ever so slight peat smoke, the malt and latterly the fruit. A big finish with lots of chewy malt that really has some legs to it.

To hell with the water; it’s good as it is.

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Score 89 points

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