My longwinded tasting notes of the three thta I have had. 75 for me is an average single. In honor of the post, I am having a dram of the D and M Longmorn listed below....
67 Sm Longmorn-Glenlivet 12yo (40%, G & M, "Pure Malt" circa1985, 50ml) Christmas Day 2006. Nose: Dry fruit, just a hint. Toffee. Mouth: Initial impressions are not so good. Very cluttered with sherry that is not very sweet, and perhaps caramel. It has that artificial, interfered with taste that I have found, for example, in Aberlour 10.Certainly deep amber color can indicate interferences, especially scene I am not getting a ton of strong sherry and spice, and it s not that old. Finish: A bit bitter, with some spices that are a dull. I like my malt whisky to taste a bit like whisky, and I am just not finding that here. January 6th. The last of the old G and M samples I am re-trying. The nose on this one is by far the best of the lot. In addition to some dry fruit (as noted before), there are some gentle spices. Maybe a bit of vanilla. After a few minutes, some malt comes out to play, just a bit. Again, same assessment. Some spicy notes want to come out, but are slapped down.
77 Sm Longmorn 15yo (45%,OB, circa 2005) Nose: A touch of sour apple candy (a good smell). Malty and firm. Not to powerful, just firm. Mouth: Spicy and malty. First the cinnamon spice than the malt. It needs a few minutes of breathing to bring out some of its complexity and balance. When I say complexity, I felt I had to work hard to find the elements. Finish: Very spicy, cinnamon and white pepper perhaps. Nice dram, but somehow it is not letting me in. I will need to try this again sometime. With Jill at the Capital Grill Charlotte. The night before our anniversary, 2006. The bottle was full and only a couple of months old.
83 Sm Longmorn 31yo1975 (46%, D&M, NCNCF) February 12, 2007. Today my writing book was officially published. It will be mailed in a week. No better way to celebrate than to open an a new malt. I let Jill choose which one from the D and M bottles I have not opened yet. This is the one she picked. The nose: Oak spice and mild berries. A sniff of peat. Malt may be learning. Similar profile as the D and M 1979 Glenlivet, but not as rich. Mouth: Gentle oak spice again, and peat again. Dry, a bit austere, classy and enjoyable. Finish: Dry, spicy, long. Thirst few impressions are that it is an old malt but not overly so. It does have a similar provide as the 1979 Glenlivet, but not nearly as complex, balanced or sweet. Still, a very good old malt. Maybe over time it becomes great. We shall see. Initial score will be a 83.