Longmorn 16 Year Old is a single malt Scotch whisky from the Longmorn Distillery, located in the Speyside region of Scotland. The expression was released in 2007 as a replacement for the very successful Longmorn 15 Year Old single malt Scotch.
It has been a successful launch for the Longmorn brand, catapulting the brand into a league of premium single malt Scotch whisky makers. In spite of its exceptional quality, Longmorn had tragically been relegated to the role of a source whisky for blends in the past. It has now begun to gain popularity and universal praise that it deserved.
John Duff established the Longmorn Distillery in 1894, naming it after the Longmorn village in Moray, near Strathspey. Duff had previously worked as general manager at two different distilleries, the Glendronach and the Bon Accord, and also built the Glenlossie Distillery himself. After a couple of unsuccessful stints with the distillery business in America and South Africa, Duff returned to Scotland and built the Longmorn Distillery.
A few years later, Duff also built the Benriach Distillery, which inched him closer to financial ruin. This forced Duff to sell the Longmorn Distillery, and move on. Over the years, the Longmorn single malt was used primarily as a source whisky for blends until it became a part of The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.
The Glenlivet Distillery joined forces with Glen Grant, Longmorn, Caperdonich and Benriach to form The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. conglomerate. Seagram’s acquired the entire enterprise in 1977, but it wasn’t until 1993 that the first ever single malt was widely released by Longmorn.
The 15 Year Old Longmorn single malt Scotch was available until 2007, after which it was replaced with the Longmorn 16 Year Old. This new expression marked the entry of Longmorn into the world premium single malt Scotch whiskies, building further upon the Longmorn’s already glowing reputation.
The previously launched 16 Year Old was replaced with a new, improved version in 2017, adding new qualities to the previous 16 Year Old expression. Another 23 Year Old single malt was also launched along with the new 16 Year Old, forming the Longmorn core range of single malts.
This 16 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky from Longmorn is distilled completely from local ingredients. Longmorn created an interesting iteration of their single malt, even going as far as making it non-chill-filtered.
A higher proportion of the single malts that form this no-age-statement Longmorn have been matured in first-fill American barrels, while other parts have been matured in ex-European and ex-Sherry barrels.
The Longmorn 16 Year Old single malt carries an alcohol content of 48% ABV, substantially higher than the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies at 40% ABV.
Silver Outstanding at International Wine & Spirits Competition in the Single Malt: Speyside category in 2017
Silver Medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Speyside Single Malts: 13 to 18 Years Old category in 2013
Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2008
Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2009
Refreshing, sweet and fruity. Citrus and fresh herbs with some traces of juicy apples
Intense, rich and full-bodied. The higher ABV really makes its presence known. There is toffee, citrus and oak
Drying finish. Very long and satisfying. Excellent!