This Longmorn was bottled last year by Hart Brothers. It’s a young malt, at cask strength, that was finished on a Marsala wine cask.
The nose is pretty shy. It takes a while before it offers some strawberry and melon, sprinkled with icing sugar and wet wood. Becomes sweeter after it has breathed somewhat. So sweet in fact, that it turns a bit candy-like.
Good body, round and sweet with lots of strawberry jam and yellow hard candy. Big pinch of pepper too. A soft bitterness as if from a grape pith appears midpalate and makes it slightly drying. The alcohol is quite prominent, though.
The finish is quite nice on more fruit than expected as well as some dark notes of caramel and overripe fruit. I had expected the mouth to be left dry, but that does not happen. It does die quite a bitter death.
Nice young Longmorn that took quite a lot of sweetness from the Marsala. Thanks for the sample, Benny.