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In May 2011 I tasted a sistercask of this one, the Longmorn 21 Year Old 1969/1991 (cask #3716/3717) at a cask strength of 61%. That one was amazing, so the expectations for this one are very high.
The nose is round and deep, if you take my meaning. Old leather, furniture polish, honey and a hint of smoke are upholstered with wonderfully fruity notes of plums, mirabelles, apricots, pineapple and juicy melon. Thyme and mint give it an extra dimension. I think I even get some dried grass and nuts. The scents come and go, side by side, in perfect harmony. What a beautiful complexity.
On the palate, it does not disappoint either. After the first initial alcohol burn (high ABV), a complete basket with exotic fruits explodes: passion fruit, melon, papaya, blood oranges, peach and lychee. Oh, my! The spices give it quite a kick and the oak at last lets itself be known. But thanks to the juicy fruit, it is only slightly drying.
In the long, spicy finish, I get roasted nuts and wood, but the fruit lasts the longest.
Boy, oh boy. Imagine yourself at a rather dull wedding and suddenly you see a beautiful lady in a red dress slowly dancing in the middle of the floor. That is this Longmorn 1969. Passionate, curves and just beyond your reach. Wonderful. Without a doubt one of the best Longmorn I have tasted.