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The Whisky Agency (in Limburg, Germany) brought this 34 Year Old Longmorn to the market in their ‘Landscapes’-range (their tenth already). It’s from a bourbon hogshead that was put to sleep in 1976 and bottled in 2010, yielding 139 bottles.
The nose is immediate and irrevocably fruity. Apricots, lime, tangerines and a bit of banana. Somewhat tropical too. A lot of honey, beeswax and a light brown sugar known in Belgium as Cassonade Graeffe. Cappuccino with whipped cream, finished with some chocolate shavings. After Eight chocolate with mint. Simply delicious.
Once past the lips, it is primarily the citrus that speaks: oranges, lemon, grapefruit. But also some Poire Williams (I mean the pear, not the licqueur). It’s quite oily. A lot of oak, true, but in perfect balance with the sweet fruit. The mint returns. Pretty spicy and perfectly palatable without water (and since I only have a small sample, I couldn’t bring myself to diluting it).
Wonderfully long finish on citrus and oak that dries the mouth.
This is a great Longmorn, that will put you back some 180 EUR.