Re: Longmorn Live Tasting - December 18-20, 2009
I actually did have some Longmorn this weekend, but failed to notice the Live Tasting. I didn't take formal notes, but thought I'd post my impression anyway:
Longmorn 16 (OB); Bottled April 2009; 48%
On the nose I got apples, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and cereal notes. Also some direct oak scents.
The palate was pretty full bodied, especially compared to the others I was trying, and it was reasonably spicy, but not a stronger peppery spice.
On the finish, it was sweet and fruity again, and a bit malty. What stood out to me here (and maybe this will dissipate once the bottle is opened longer) is a fairly strong bitterness creating an interesting interplay with the sweetness.
I was comparing this side-by-side to Chivas 18, The Balvenie FR 10, and White Horse 12. Compared to those, this Longmorn seemed to be clearly 100% bourbon cask matured. Of course, I could be wrong.