Longmorn-Glenlivet 1987 26 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling.

Nose: Model paints, orange juice, toffee apple.

Body: Medium and a little waxy.

Palate: Sugar syrup,  singed lime, melon, rice crackers and a blue cheese cameo right at the end.

Finish: A little soapy and flat. Honeycomb. Surprising considering everything that has preceded it. This is the achilles of the dram for sure. Some length but anonymous.

Neat/Ice/Water: Neat. You can water it ever so slightly at 49.5% but it doesn’t really add anything except a touch more smoothness.

Verdict: Quaffable. A bit of an odd one this. It was bottled in 2013 and had long since sold out but recently Cadenhead’s London store got their hands on some bottles. Wasn’t cheap at around £100 but as I’m a sucker for a Longmorn I didn’t flinch. Is it any good? The nose and mouth are strong but the finish lacks something and it’s a touch too spiced. Compared to most Longmorns it’s spicier and loses a little bit of balance on that score. The sweet fruit compote you usually get feels a little crowded out here. I’ll drink it but not really worth the price tag in the end. Good but not great.

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