Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail The Book of Kells Longmorn 46 Years Old

[51.3%・46 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 2010・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling for Japan Import System・Cask No. 1033・Single Cask Release of 165 Bottles]

Nose:

The kind of excellence you sort of take for granted from a heavily Sherried Book of Kells bottling, not very distillery specific anymore as one would understand.. but not overly heavy and woody either.. Horween tanned Cordovan and dark chocolate, prunes and figs poached in muscovado sugar with cinnamon dust with this aged ginger note.. again, it’s excellent.

Palate & Finish:

The wood shows a more stately presence on the palate, the creaminess of the Sherry wood merges well with a basket of poached forest fruits and dark raisins and nuts.

Christmas pudding with warm black cherries and dusted with cinnamon, the hint of vanilla sauce lingers on with the oak..

Thoughts:

Generically excellent, properly and substantially Sherried, the wood does indeed make the whisky.

Not sure how particularly Longmorn this is but how often do you still come across Sherry casks like this?

If I keep being good and may be with a bit of luck I should like to dram this at a quiet bar in Japan for a Sherry Christmas.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas


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