Dram Review: Samaroli Longrow Natural Strength Sherry Wood 1974

[56.0%・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 1987・Samaroli Bottling・Limited Release of 408 Bottles]

Nose:

A charming combination of a lucid sugary delivery infused delicately with fresh cropped grass orientated peat. The Sherry influence is restrained, presenting itself in the form of stewed apples with a fascinating edge of soft cheese, served upon a fine layer of buttero leather.

Palate & Finish:

Sensational swirl of dried dates, caramel and blackcurrant sauce conveying the cask’s brilliant Sherry elements, some citrus notes as well with a most pleasing peat eases on followed by those tender leathery notes.

A long and emotional finish, velvet like peat dressed with vanilla and Christmas fruits, sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt to close.

Thoughts:

Such a complex and lovely dram even by vintage Longrow’s standards, navigating through all these colourful nuances and conveying them coherently.

Such class, a dram that begs you to look further.. and look further still..

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas