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Longrow 10yo 100 Proof

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Longrow 10yo 100 Proof

Postby Mr Fjeld » Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:43 pm

This is due to be released in Norway in September. I really really like the standard Springbank 100 Proof and was wondering if any of you have tasted the Longrow version?

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Re: Longrow 10yo 100 Proof

Postby Bullie » Sun Jul 09, 2006 6:35 pm

Mr Fjeld wrote:This is due to be released in Norway in September. I really really like the standard Springbank 100 Proof and was wondering if any of you have tasted the Longrow version?

Christian


It's quite a good whisky! :D Here are a tastingnote of mine for that whisky:

Nose: Hay, sour smoke and iodine. Floral. Oranges.
Palate: Full and oily body. Smoky. Sweet fudge and malt. Liqorice.
Finish: Long. Very nice and smooth. Smoke and salty.

Score: 85
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Postby SpiritofShetland » Sun Jul 09, 2006 7:14 pm

I haven't tasted it personally yet, but a couples of mates have given it 9,25 and 8,25 (out of 10).

The conclusion was that if you like the standard stuff, you'll love this.

Tasting notes in Norwegian here (must be logged in).
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:58 pm

Thank you both for the tasting notes. Looks like I have to buy it :)

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Postby Admiral » Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:18 am

A word of warning....I wouldn't compare or base an opinion of Longrow based on Springbank.

The malt specification is (obviously) entirely different, the stills are configured and run completely differently, and it's then a function of the type and quality of casks they put the spirit into.

At the risk of sounding a little negative, just about any bottling of Springbank under 15 years old going around at present has been pretty ordinary. Since the OB 21yo disappeared, there's really not much left going around that is worthy of the Springbank reputation.

Longrow, on the other hand, seems to consistently be a winner.

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Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:42 am

Thanks for the tip Admiral - great to see you back again!
I have to say I like the 100 Proof very much.....but then I haven't tried any other expressions let alone the older ones everyone say is better than todays versions.
The malt specification is (obviously) entirely different, the stills are configured and run completely differently, and it's then a function of the type and quality of casks they put the spirit into.

....and here was I thinking the only difference was the "peating level" ......

.......just about any bottling of Springbank under 15 years old going around at present has been pretty ordinary.........

...but the 15 is good? If so I might buy that one too?

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Postby Admiral » Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:48 am

Hi Christian,

For regular Springbank, a portion of the wash is distilled three times, and a portion of the wash is distilled twice.

Hence, at the end of the day, it is commonly accepted that Springbank adopts a "two and a half times" distillation.

When they make Longrow, they adopt a more conventional double distillation.

I don't dislike the current 100 proof (10yo) - it's actually a very acceptable malt, but I don't think it stands head and shoulders above anything. Put it this way....it's not the whisky on which Springbank earned its reputation. :wink: Same goes for the 15yo. Pleasant & acceptable, but nothing exceptional.

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Postby kallaskander » Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:42 pm

Hi there,

yep, some say that there was not much from Springbank around lately to build this reputation further. Au contraire. There seemed to be some very weak production periods a few years ago. The old stuff is still great of course.
And not only at Springbank. Cost cutting again? Some reputations were left stained until today one could say.

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Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:11 pm

Thanks Admiral and Kallaskander - the Longrow 100 Proof is definately on my buying list.

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Postby Lawrence » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:24 pm

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Postby Lawrence » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:25 pm

Admiral wrote:Since the OB 21yo disappeared, there's really not much left going around that is worthy of the Springbank reputation.


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I've been drinking Glen Scotia as a replacement.......
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Postby Admiral » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:40 pm

Which one? The OB 14yo, or an IB?

I tried an SMWS Glen Scotia last week that wasn't bad. It was significantly better than the SMWS Springbank I tried.

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Postby Lawrence » Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:45 pm

Admiral, I've just been trying to taste as many Glen Scotias as possible and the SMWS offerings have been great.
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