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Longrow 10yo (1994)

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Longrow 10yo (1994)

Postby bamber » Tue Oct 18, 2005 7:09 pm

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 :D
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Postby Admiral » Wed Oct 19, 2005 4:07 am

Hi Bamber,

I agree, the Longrow 10 is a beauty. The 14yo is even better!

I've also had an SMWS Longrow that impressed me so much at the tasting night, I even bought a bottle!

It amuses me that Longrow bottlings are so good, and yet most of the stuff coming out as Springbank at the moment is so ordinary.

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Postby bamber » Wed Oct 19, 2005 11:19 am

I guess a little peat goes a long way :)
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And compared to previous versions?

Postby corbuso » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:20 pm

And have you tried previous versions of Longrow?
Is the 1994 different from the older vintages?
Thank you for your comment


Corbuso

PS: Any tasting notes regarding Hazleburn in the bible 2006?
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Postby bamber » Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:11 pm

I haven't but JM rates this as the best one yet (of the 10yo's).

I'll check on Hazelburn when I get in....

- Just checked no notes on it under 'H' or Springbank.
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:51 am

In Norway the 10 and the 14 are similarly priced. I was wondering if it's something I should wish for cristmas but I have no experience with Longrow or Springbank although I have the latter 10yo but unopened.

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Postby Admiral » Sat Oct 22, 2005 12:51 pm

Christian,

The 10yo Springbank is fairly anonymous. Actually, it reminds me of Bruichladdich 10yo: A bit tame and flat.

However, certainly put Longrow on your Christmas list. You won't be disappointed. (Just make sure Santa doesn't drink any of it first).

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Postby Mr Fjeld » Sat Oct 22, 2005 1:32 pm

Thanks for the advice Admiral - I'll ask Santa about it and tell him I'm at least trying to be nice :wink:

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