Longmorn Distiller’s Choice is a no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky from the Longmorn Distillery. It is located in the Speyside region of Scotland, and is one of the few expressions widely released by the distillery.
The Distiller’s Choice expression is the standard Longmorn bottling, and one of their newest releases. It hit the market only a few years ago in 2016, but has consistently received high praise and critical acclaim from whisky experts and customers worldwide.
The Longmorn Distillery was built sometime around the mid-1890s by John Duff, who also built the neighbouring Benriach Distillery in Strathspey. It was sadly the construction of two distilleries, one after the other that took a toll on Duff’s financial health, forcing him to sell the Longmorn Distillery to James. R. Grant.
Duff had previously gathered distillery experience from his time working as the manager at Glendronach Distillery, and the Bon Accord Distillery. He had also previously established the Glenlossie Distillery in Elgin.
The Longmorn Distillery never managed to break through the clutter of single malt Scotch whiskies until after it joined forces with The Glenlivet in 1970. Together, The Glenlivet, Longmorn and Glen Grant combined to form The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd., a formidable distilling conglomeration.
The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. was acquired by Seagram Distillers in 1977, and it became a part of the Pernod Ricard family in 2001. Until the 1990s, the Longmorn single malt had mostly been used as a component for blended
It’s potential as a single malt Scotch whisky not being realized until the 1993 launch of their 15 Year Old single malt changed everything. Until then, Longmorn only released independent bottlings of their single malt from time to time, but they were quite rare and many were left deprived of their chance to try Longmorn.
The universally acclaimed Longmorn 15 Year Old put the Longmorn Distillery in the spotlight of many whisky enthusiasts and collectors. In 2007, Longmorn’s identity as a single malt whisky that was relied upon as a component for blends was given a refreshing transformation. The Longmorn 15 Year Old was discontinued, and replaced by the critically acclaimed Longmorn 16 Year Old.
The Longmorn Distiller’s Choice is a relatively new inclusion to brand’s core range. It has gained a strong foothold in the segment, performing exceptionally well and gaining a strong reputation as an underrated Speyside gem.
The Longmorn Distiller’s Choice expression is created by maturing a combination of the distillery’s best single malts in three different hand-selected barrels. Hogsheads, Oloroso Sherry barrels and first-fill American barrels have been used to mature this no-age-statement Speyside single malt.
The makers have not divulged the duration for which the whisky undergoes maturation and finishing in said barrels. The result is somehow remarkable, and Longmorn Distiller’s Choice has firmly established its foothold as one of the best no-age-statement single malt Scotch whiskies of the decade.
There is a signature lack of smoke, which is not uncharacteristic of Longmorn’s typical profile. The onion-shaped stills develop a rich, full-bodied single malt that has earned a substantial amount of accolades for Longmorn over the years.
Longmorn Distiller’s Choice carries an alcohol concentration of 40% ABV, the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
Gold Medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Speyside: No Age Statement category in 2018.
Sweet, very fruity with aromas of ripe apples, oranges and pears. Also some hints of butterscotch toffee.
Very creamy, smooth and delicious. Salted caramel, milk chocolate and orange peel flavours
Long, sweet and satisfying. Undoubtedly exquisite stuff from Longmorn!