Longmorn-Glenlivet 25 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling.

Nose: Buttered toffee popcorn, citrus and faint wood ash. Really fragrant and perfumy.

Body: Light and waxy.

Palate: Lemon and orange peel fused with vanilla (gets close to a vanilla martini for a second there). A little white pepper, strawberry, pear and then becomes salted butter. A roller coaster of a mouthful. Big and generous.

Finish: Dry an creamy. Faint citrus and butter remains.

Neat/Ice/Water: Neat if you don’t mind it a little hot (54.6%).

Verdict: Superior. Oh my! This is very tasty stuff indeed. A really good mix of flavours and they hit you in just the right order. So moreish. I love Longmorn and this is why. So well balanced and nuanced on the palate. I dare any whisky drinker to sip it and find issue. This really is Speyside at it’s rocking best. At the time of writing there are 5 left at just under £80 which is an absolute bargain. When other similarly priced drams weigh in, they’d struggle to match this level of quality. Sumptuous. Well done Cadenhead’s (again)!

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