After Bob’s taste bomb (Longmorn 1972) another pal – Jonas – offered me an even older Longmorn, also bottled for van Wees by Gordon & Macphail in their so-called Reserve series. This Longmorn from 1964 matured for a whopping 46 long years in the same type of cask – 1st Fill Sherry – and thus has the same compelling color. Let’s party on!
Very lovely, but soft, dark and sweet nose on plums, rum raisins, coffee and tobacco. Candied syrup galore. Cigar box, caramel, rhubarb marmalade and pear drops. Very seductive but just a tad to soft to blow me away completely. Don’t get me wrong: this is a stunning nose!
It is silky soft on the palate, but very tasty. The dark fruit comes first, followed by a soft spiciness of nutmeg and cloves, cinnamon and some pepper, but it never turns piquant. That’s just fine. The fruit offers up a bright note of oranges and chocolate, chewing tobacco and plum marmalade. A moment of silence ensues.
The finish is the clincher! Wonderfully long, spicy and warm, dark and sweet and simply delicious.
It comes very close to the 1972 that was bottled at 39 years of maturation, but the (much) lower ABV makes this one more docile. This is rather OMG instead of OMFG. But boy, Jonas, what a grand whisky indeed! Thx for sharing.