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Longmorn can be found in the heart of Speyside, a stone’s throw away from BenRiach. They even share warehouses to spread the risk in case of a fire. Today, the distillery is owned by Pernod-Ricard and produces around 3.5 million liters of spirit per annum. Since 2007 the 16 Year Old is their flagship malt. We, however, will be trying an independent bottling from 1983, bottled by the Belgian Daily Dram in 2006.
The nose is surprisingly alcoholic, but also wonderfully fruity. Think gooseberries (quite a bit!), raisins and peach. Hint of banana. Brown sugar. Hint of milk chocolate. This must have been a sherry cask.
It is mouth coating and oily, almost creamy. Feisty from the spices too: cloves and some pepper. The fruit returns, the same as on the nose, but the raisins are now drenched in sherry and the whole is joined with some stewed pears. Just shy of pear syrup. Reminds me also of some cake. I quite like this. And pretty punchy for such a modest ABV.
The finish is rather long, warm from the spices. On the death, it does show a bitter edge, as if I have just bitten down on a grape pith.
Unfortunately, this can no longer be found. Quite good.