Longmorn-Glenlivet 1990 26 year old (Cadenheads)
Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling.
Nose: The classic pear note I get with most Longmorns is front and centre. Sugared almonds and oddly enough, seaweed. It’s an intriguing soft, perfumy sweetness mixed with a greener, saltier tang.
Body: Light but it sizzles.
Palate: Actually quite salty with menthol and cactus. It has a saccharine sweetness to it and some lemon rind floating about. Quite unusual.
Finish: Long, green and vibrant. The lemon and menthol dig in and don’t go quietly.
Neat/Ice/Water: 55.3%. It has some heat to it. With a little water it smooths out a lot and we get meringue and a little sherbet. I like this one much better with a few drops.
Verdict: Quaffable. Quite unusual and not your typical Longmorn. Never had a whisky that reminded me of a tequila shot with lemon and salt before. 162 bottles only from a bourbon cask. This was released about 6 months ago and is pretty much impossible to find now even at auction. Sold on release at £100 a pop so this is premium whisky prices. I’ll buy a Longmorn on faith most of the time but was it worth it in this case? It’s pushing the friendship, I think it was a bit overpriced but I’m also quite charmed at the distinctive flavour profile. Don’t go out of your way to find it, but if you happen to come across it…