Longmorn 12 year old (SMWS 7.118)
Bottle: SMWS standard bottling. Code 7.2118 means it’s a Longmorn and this one has been described on the bottle as “Long johns and velveteen smoking jackets”. As with all of these they write an ode on the label to the liquid within…
Nose: Quite dense initially but it opens itself nicely with a little air. Raspberry jam, shortbread, boiled sweets, coconut and lime. Very fresh and aromatic.
Body: Pale, almost clear in colour. Light a little oily.
Palate: Floral notes and boiled sweets again at the start before moving into palmier sweet pastry notes with the same coconut and lime close as the nose.
Finish: Medium length and dry. A bit hollow after the robustness of the palate. Lemon curd and white pepper.
Neat/Ice/Water: At 59.1% it singes a little. A touch of ice or water and this gets better in my opinion. The sting is removed and the flavours don’t fade.
Verdict: Quaffable. This sat in a bourbon refill cask for 12 years and there are only 224 available. I picked it up at auction and it may be hard to get one now but don’t go out of your way to do so. I’m a sucker for a Longmorn and this one is no different. Actually, it is a little different from the usual Longmorn profile. I do like it but I don’t love it like most of the others. It has a real sweet & sour character. Very sweet in the mouth with a big jammy, fizzy wallop that goes sour in the finish in a pleasant drying way. It’s a hot dram even with watering and the white pepper lingers the longest. I’ve probably been spoilt with Longmorns to date and this is a worthy effort, if a little off-piste thematically.