After scanning JM's Whisky Bible 2006 I made the following purchases:
Nikka Pure Malt (Black) - scored 95/100
Longrow 10yo (1994) - scored 95/100
Now the Nikka is a well made vatted 'Speyside', with a bourbon edge but did not really excite me but the Longrow is truly delicious.
It's my first Longrow, so I did not know what to expect but I immediately thought of the great Ardbeg 1977, when I nosed it. It is nowhere near as peaty but it has that amazingly complex maritime aroma. The palate lags behing the 1977 (I have both in front of me now
), in terms of peat but has a wonderfully velevety maltiness that is almost as intriguing and a kind of yogurty edge, which might sound weird but tastes good.
This is a wonderful whisky that I would recommend highly, despite it's high price for a 10yo. Definitely a top 10, whisky for me - I just need to decide where - a few more drams will help