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This 15 Year Old Longmorn was distilled in 1992 and bottled by James MacArthur for the Whisky Festival in Milano. Only 150 bottles were taken from this sherry cask (number 62553), at a strength of 59,5%. It has a beautiful color.
On the sweet nose I get candied sugar, coffee, violets, chocolate, vanilla fudge and beeswax. Baked banana, honey and a wonderful trace of smoke. This is wonderfully complex.
On the palate, it seems a stall of exotic fruit just exploded. OK, that’s a weird image. But you know what I mean (if not, read ‘very fruity’). Primarily lime and grapefruit, drenched in honey. Candied sugar. Frappé! Yes, this reminds me of that ice coffee I enjoyed on a terrace in Kos several years ago. I should let the wife taste this as well – hang on… (several minutes later) She doesn’t get the frappé analogy but does like it, although it’s somewhat strong (her words). Oh, well. Midpalate (halfway through the tasting experience, but let’s face it ‘midpalate’ does have a nice ring to it), it becomes a bit dry and bitter (tea?), but never overly so.
The finish lingers nicely and is the perfect continuation of the wonderful nose and taste.
I’ve had a few wonderful Longmorn in the past, but those were all a lot older (1969, 1970, 1971). This one can actually compete with those and that is – because of the young age – quite a compliment. The nose especially is classy. Perfectly palatable without water. Nice cask selection, no doubt about it.