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I have had the pleasure of trying several Longmorn, but this is only my third youngling. Two other 12 year olds were the Longmorn 1996 in the Carn Mor Vintage Collection, the other the rather outstanding Longmorn 12 Year Old from Gordon & Macphail. This one was bottled in 2009 under the Dun Bheagan label from Ian Macleod.
The nose is rather sweet on honey, nuts and breakfast cereals with a midly sour touch as if from appel cider. Reminds me somewhat of that Cidre Fermier Doux from Le Royer that I tried on holiday in France. Nougat joins in. Not bad, but far from great. Rather undermanding, actually.
On the palate, it shows a little more character with some spices and fruit like oranges and apricots. Again that light acidity as if from cider. It is just a tad too sour to be really good.
The finish is medium on slightly bitter oranges and spices. Think cinnamon and nutmeg.
Young, sour Longmorn, that does not really get me excited. Only the nose was okayish.