Longrow Red is a series of malts finished on red wine casks. In 2013 a 11 years old on Shiraz from Australia appeared, followed by a 13 years old on Malbec casks in 2017 (I quite like this one) and in 2020 the one that is currently in my glass was released. This Longrow matured for ten years on both bourbon and sherry casks and was then put in Cabernet Sauvignon casks from the vineyard Mont Gras Intriga Estate in Alto Maipo at the foor of the Andes in Chile. The malt has a lovely red sheen.
On the nose, the dirty side of Longrow comes first – peat, stable and hessian sacks. That is followed by some sweet and sour notes of pink grapefruit and mandarin, caramel and vanilla and finally some grains of salt. It goes up and down like a yoyo between sweet and maritime. Pretty intense and very pleasant.
The palate is the perfect continuation of the nose. Sweet versus salty with intense flavors of citrus and red fruit (all kinds of berries and cherries), caramel and peat with a lovely, grand smoke development. I get all warm and fuzzy. Nicely creamy malt, by the way. And absolutely no need for water.
The finish lasts long, keeps the mouth completely warm because of the spices, but does leave it completely dry.
Intense is the key word here: from nose to finish. Thanks, Marcel.