Longrow x4 9/12/21

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During this session we tasted;

  • 15yr old Chardonnay cask 56.2% ABV.
  • Red 13yr old Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon cask 51.6% ABV.
  • Red 10yr old refill Malbec cask 52.5% ABV.
  • Distillery exclusive handfill bottle 58.3% ABV.

Longrow 15yr old Chardonnay cask 56.2% ABV, WM Cadenheads

longrow chardonnay cask

Appearance

Slightly deeper than mid gold in colour, with a yellow/orange tinge, swirl line is nice and thick and slow medium thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

This is quite sweet initially, and rather gentle for 56.2% ABV. There’s a cream soda note, faint Parma violets, hazelnuts too. Fragrant wood comes through now, and slowly a dunnage note is coming through too. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

Lovely mouthfeel, very syrupy, the ABV is really apparent on the palate, spicy sweetness, raisins, oiliness, lemon sherbet, chocolate, hazelnuts, raisins, vanilla, it’s nice and rounded too. #thewhiskeychaps

Stoned fruits, black pepper, blackcurrants, anise, pomello, and a bitter lemon, a touch of chilli, quite a range of flavours #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Quite long and chest warming, the palate does ramp up tbh, quite strong now, and those spicy/bitter notes overlap, espresso, dark chocolate, grapefruit, cinnamon, cough candy too. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

This is a lovely dram for me, fruity and spicy with a zesty bitter tinge, very nice indeed. My only negative point would be that the heavily peated spirit is quite lost, in fact i had quite forgotten that it is heavily peated. Saying that i did enjoy the whisky, but it’s not a buy for me as i can get other heavily peated that comes across as heavily peated.


Longrow Red 13yr old Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Matured 51.6% ABV

longrow 13yr old Cab sav cask

Appearance

Wow, rose wine in colour here, no gold really detectable, swirl line is medium thick and breaks up straight away to medium thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

Fruity, very red berry, and the peat is stronger here. An earthiness and evergreen boughs are also very evident and perhaps a touch of menthol. #thewhiskeychaps

Wood polish, I can taste it on the back of my palate from nosing it. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

Nice mouthfeel, and the peat is balanced so nicely with the fruit, reminds me of a certain Islay range tbh. again the ABV isn’t screaming at you, it is becoming spicier now, a real peppery bite in the tongue, red apple skins. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Slight drying and quite long again. The spices and dark fruits get quite hot again before it starts to fade, does linger for a while though, it’s a mouthful alright. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

Overall I really like this Cabernet Sauvignon matured bottling, it is very fruity and more peat comes through, more of what i expected from the bottle, a bottle i’d gladly own.


Red 10yr old refill Malbec cask 52.5% ABV

longrow 10yr old malbec cask

Appearance

Orange gold I’m thinking, nice thick swirl line with slow syrupy legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

sweet wood notes, cocktail cherries, slightly dusty, leather, that slightly evergreen thing going on, bbq meats, but also still sweet. #thewhiskeychaps

Cream soda coming through, red berry strudel, strawberry cheesecake too. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

Nice mouthfeel again, and like the Cab the peat is more prominent on the palate. It’s a big bold spicy dram this, no messing around. Cough candy, black liquorice, raspberry pavlova, black cherries, tobacco, chilli’s, cardamom, anise. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Long side of medium in length, and the spices hang on, it’s quite hot with cinnamon, and most of the palate notes too, not for the faint hearted that’s for sure, a cold weather dram for me, again very nice, now I need some water #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

Now this is a full on dram, and i can see why many social media whiskey folk enjoy it, it’s a full on spice monster that takes no prisoners. It leaves a lasting impression to be honest, not one i will forget easily, i’d definitely have a bottle.


Distillery exclusive handfill bottle 58.3% ABV

longrow distillery exclusive

Appearance

Quite light compared to the others, damp straw in colour, nice thick swirl line and medium thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

Peat, and a wet forest walk initially, the evergreen thing is definitely here, blackcurrants and limes, cooked bacon joint, distant bonfire with a fruit medley, the most prominent peated nose of the 4 for me tbh. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

Nice mouthfeel again, peat is up front, and a peppiness like a peppered sausage, with spices. Full on slap around the face this one, literally a belter. Old leather and red fruits, strawberry sorbet, red fruit laces. Dates and raisins now. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Long, and full on, goes on and on and on, the spice from the palate continues, fisherman’s friends, figs, cloves, dates, raisins, I’m half expecting sulphur to pop in but it hasn’t, what a dram. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

For me this is the best of the 4, there is so much going on both on the nose and palate, and i could easily sit with a single pour for well over an hour exploring it, it’s sumptuous and viscous.


Overall tasting thoughts

This has been one of my favourite tastings we’ve done so far to be honesty, all four were full of flavour, definitely some of the more expressive whiskies iv’e had the opportunity to taste. i nope to try more from Longrow in the future.


All samples were purchased from the Artisan restaurant in Wishaw Scotland, they can be found on Facebook, and post lists of the whiskies they stock,their website can be found here.

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