Whisky Review: SMWS 7.197 Longmorn “Mature way beyond its years” 35th Anniversary Bottling

Style: Young, Spicy and Sherry

Nose:

Sharp, herbal spearhead thrusts through on the nose. Muscovado sugar taking a hint of rice vinegar, within the heat there’s pickled cucumber, more peppermint, lavender flowers and even some rice crackers. Hot, dark sherry sweet with slight drier notes on the side.

Palate:

A more refined entrance than what the aroma suggested. Coffee jelly transmuted into brown sugar, spices slide in. Calm dark fruits, then we have a small dash of black pepper landing onto fresh popcorns. Purple flowers blossoming and gaining ground overtime. Vanilla cream floating onto the top, while spent coffee sinking down to the bottom.

Finish:

Expresso finish, red currants and black liquorice with a small dose of caramel injection. Popcorn notes surfaces again, pretty good.

Thoughts:

A youthful, sherried Longmorn we have here. Yes, it is matured beyond its years, it feels the cask has helped in a meaningful way. Massive sherry influence, with red fruits signatures stamped all over. Still young and rough around the edges, but this malt has gone up to an unexpected alley, interesting dram no doubt.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[59.8% • Independent Bottling • Aged 8 Years • 2008 Distilled • 2017 Bottled • Single Cask • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Matured in First Fill Ex-Sherry Butt • 1 of 606 Bottles • t]

-Esmond

Tasted at Archie Rose Distillery, Sydney.