Longrow 14 Year old
Dark fruits and spice
1st Sep 2012
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Tasting Notes by tabarakRazvi
Another offering from Campbeltown that will divide the purists and the adventurous.
This fourteen year expression spent the last three years in a burgundy hogshead and so comes along with a massive aroma profile. With the smoky peat already a dominant force in this Longrow the strong wine notes fight hard to be noticed; and, boy, do they fight! Dark jam on the breakfast table surrounded by a buttery malt and burnt toast give company to a brewing ceramic pot of green tea. The open window lets in the salty sea air and the delicate smell of a heathery bush nearby. All in all quite a heady experience.
The massive sugary spicy delivery brings with it an abundance of ripe dark fruits. There are some plums, some prunes, a few strawberries and the most gentlest of raisins. The peaty spices come in next and present you a pleasant prickling palate made from black peppers and star anise.
The finish is long and a touch bitter with a stab of oaky resin. Another long breath dries out a curious after taste of some type of red cherry medicine.
This one is certainly not for the faint hearted. So, have you decided which side of the fence you're on? You know where I sit….