Dram Review: Laird Club Longmorn 33 Years Old

[43.7%・33 Years Old・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 2007・Laird Club Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Ahh, this is a proper Sherried Longmorn.  Mineral, with gorgeous cyrstalised raisins; French vanilla brushed over black cherries and orange marmalade, well oaked with dark chocolate ginger and this fixation provoking lace of dirty diesel smoke.

Palate & Finish:

Delicious rush of syrup drenched prunes and figs, caramelised sugar and minerals joined later on by leather and tannins as the dram becomes more chewy, bitter chocolate coating the slightly toasted orange peels.

Glimpses of eucalyptus and mint as the brown sugar cookies crumble into a lasting finish of dry, attractive bitterness.

Thoughts:

I could nit-pick and say that this is perhaps a touch on the tannic side, and perhaps there’s too much mineral as well, but the truth is everything else is correct.

An Australian bottling, and a world class Longmorn.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas