Longmorn Scotch Whisky

Longmorn Whisky

An underrated Speyside gem, the Longmorn Distillery has always enjoyed a strong loyalty among the most ardent Scotch whisky lovers. Located in the Moray region of Speyside which is also home to some iconic distilleries like the Strathisla, the Longmorn Distillery is renowned for their quality single malts.

The Longmorn Distillery had been established by John Duff in 1893, who had previously been employed at the GlenDronach Distillery and the Bon Accord Distillery, both located in Aberdeenshire. Duff had also previously built the Glenlossie Distillery, before dabbling in ambitious, yet unsuccessful whisky-making ventures in South Africa and America. He tasted success when he built the Longmorn Distillery, and the whisky began to make a name for itself.

For many years, the Longmorn single malt wasn’t made available as widely as whisky lovers would have liked, and it was not until 1993 that the 15 Year Old Longmorn was released. A tremendous success, it cemented Longmorn’s position as one of the best single malt Scotch whiskies around. Production and availability were sketchy at best until 2007 when the 15 Year Old was replaced with the Longmorn 16 Year Old, another excellent expression.

There are many vintage and exclusive Longmorn expressions, many even independently bottled releases still circulating in the market, and many connoisseurs do not flinch when it comes to paying top dollar for them. Longmorn single malts have established a solid reputation on the competition circuit, often performing exceptionally well and scoring high on critics’ lists. The Longmorn range is rather minimalistic, yet their single malt has managed to create a formidable reputation for themselves.

Longmorn The Distiller’s Choice Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Longmorn Whisky

The Distiller’s Choice is a no-age-statement single malt Scotch that is the gateway to Longmorn’s core range of Scotch whiskies. It is one of the best performing single malt Scotch whiskies in competitions and tasting competitions, enjoying much success in loyal circles of whisky enthusiasts. The Distiller’s Choice is a terrific release from Longmorn, who have made good use of drawing influence from a variety of barrels at their disposal.

Three different kind of barrels have been used for the Distiller’s Choice – ex-Bourbon, ex-Oloroso Sherry and hogsheads. The rich Longmorn single malt is conditioned magnificently by the barrels, imparting some complex aromas and flavours to the spirit. The result is a Sherry heavy, sweet and spicy Speyside single malt with loads of fruit and toffee waiting to be savoured. There are also generous amounts of cocoa, caramel and lemon zest. Very well-rounded and enjoyable Scotch, and a future classic for sure. This one will definitely feature in Longmorn’s greatest hits album.

Longmorn 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Longmorn Whisky

Like we mentioned earlier, the 16 Year Old Longmorn was released to replace the beloved 15 Year Old. This is a special, almost unique single malt Scotch and in the best of ways. It is extremely popular among veterans and Longmorn loyalists who seamlessly transitioned from the 15 Year Old to this one. The Longmorn 16 Year Old was released in 2007, but has since established itself as one of the strongest contenders in its segment.

This is undoubtedly a super-premium, luxury single malt Scotch, and Longmorn have done well to preserve its freshness. The 16 Year Old is non-chill filtered, and bottled at an impressive 48% ABV, which is one of its best qualities. Quickly asserting its great quality, and intent to challenge the status quo, the Longmorn 16 Year Old became very popular in a short span of time. Its refreshing Speyside character, the rich fruity profile coupled with creamy toffee and soft spice make this expression of Longmorn’s very best.

Longmorn 23 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Longmorn Whisky

If you have ever had the good fortune to try the brilliant Longmorn 16 Year Old, it is only natural for you to imagine the 23 Year Old as an elusive, divine nectar, and you wouldn’t be wrong at all. This 2017 Gold Medal winner at the International Wine & Spirits Competition outperformed expectations completely when it was first released.

Not just sculpted intricately by the Oak for 23 long years, this expression is mellow and yet so flavourful, smooth as can be without compromising on flavour at all. Lastly, the harmony of flavours and aromas in this Scotch whisky are its best quality. Sweet milk and honey, Christmas spice and a whisper of spice are followed by some delicious orchard fruits on the palate. The finish is extraordinarily long, and brings tasty vanilla and spice flavours. Excellent stuff from Longmorn as one would expect.

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19th August 2020

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