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Longrow 14 Year Old

Average score from 5 reviews and 14 ratings 85

Longrow 14 Year Old

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  • Brand: Longrow
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 46.0%
  • Age: 14 year old

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@Uisgebetha
Longrow 14 Year Old

Described as heavily peated on the bottle, that means something from Islay, but from elsewhere I’m less sure. I’m not detecting much peat in the aroma, the usual pine smoke I associate with Longrow is evident in spades and there is a fruity addition from some apples.

There is some attack when you taste it but nothing to rival peated Islay malt. Some soft peat meets sweet pine smoke and they play a while on the tongue. The finish lacks much depth, the dryer smoky flavours predominate towards the end but it’s quite a short affair.

Not really as good as I’d like it to be, I was certainly expecting more after sampling the CV. Somehow less than the sum of its parts.

I've got the 10 open right now and I feel similarly. It's OK but underwhelming. I can imagine the 14 is even more so, you know, "sophisticated" instead of exciting.

My 10 is half-empty and I just moved it under my bar to age. That reputedly helps these Longrows.

I am a Longrow fan, but this particualr 14 year old is not nearly as good as the old CV bottles I've had. It's an argument for NAS vatting of several ages and cask types which i'm not too comfortable expressing...

@MaltActivist

Every time I write a review of a single malt from Campbeltown town I spend the first few minutes gushing on about how irrationally infatuated I am with this region for no particular reason at all.

But I'm happy to reveal that my fascination is quite justified. Barring a few bad apples (Glen Scotia 18, anyone?) it has largely been a parade of interesting and generally above-average whiskies to come out of this small region.

Specifically Springbank which produces three completely different expressions from basically the same hardware which I think is sheer genius - the Longrow being my favorite with Hazelburn as my least.

This, now sadly discontinued, 14 year old, has been finished off in sherry casks. There's not a lot of literature to find, unfortunately, and my research didn't turn up a whole lot. For example I don't know how long it was finished for or the type of sherry it was.

My guess is three years finishing in Marsala - largely because it has such a dry nose and palate. This particular sample is from an open bottle about a third finished packaged at a nice 46% ABV

Nose: Mild peat. Sweet perfume. Mild chocolate. Salt. Brine. Hint of citrus. Wet bandage. Apple cider. Brown sugar. Banana. Ginger. Starts of quite sweet followed by something coastal before finally settling down to a savory finalé. Lovely nose.

Palate: Medium bodied. Spicy at first. Cinnamon. Oak. Brown honey. Gets fruity mid-palate. Plums. Apple. Citrus. Pineapple strudel. Ginger. Salt. Slightly burnt. Not as good as the nose but good nevertheless. Evenly spreads over your palate. Gets dry towards the end.

Finish: Fairly long. Dry. Cinnamon powder. Wood. Lingers.

An accomplished whisky need not be over the top to tick all the boxes. Nicely controlled elegance.

You've sung the praises of a largely unsung whisky. I like the tune of Longrow 14, as well. A "go-to" in the past for me, as they say, especially in winter time. I'm not a big fan of really young Longrows. They begin to taste like tequila. The 14 was a very nice age for Longrow. Ten can sometimes seem a bit on the young side. It's worth noting that even when it comes to Bruichladdich, the PC10 cask strength sold out faster than any of its younger brothers. Personally, I would like to taste a PC14 aged in some interesting casks. As for Longrow, the little casks seem interesting at a younger age, due to a different sort of aging that takes place. I would really be curious to taste the Rundlets and Kinderkins.

I've never heard anyone say that German and Gaelic are closely related, but it would make sense, right? Both from north central European roots. I've always assumed they're related but I probably oughtn't.

@MaltActivist

Another offering from Campbeltown that will divide the purists and the adventurous.

This fourteen year expression spent the last three years in a burgundy hogshead and so comes along with a massive aroma profile. With the smoky peat already a dominant force in this Longrow the strong wine notes fight hard to be noticed; and, boy, do they fight! Dark jam on the breakfast table surrounded by a buttery malt and burnt toast give company to a brewing ceramic pot of green tea. The open window lets in the salty sea air and the delicate smell of a heathery bush nearby. All in all quite a heady experience.

The massive sugary spicy delivery brings with it an abundance of ripe dark fruits. There are some plums, some prunes, a few strawberries and the most gentlest of raisins. The peaty spices come in next and present you a pleasant prickling palate made from black peppers and star anise.

The finish is long and a touch bitter with a stab of oaky resin. Another long breath dries out a curious after taste of some type of red cherry medicine.

This one is certainly not for the faint hearted. So, have you decided which side of the fence you're on? You know where I sit….

@Wills This just gave me an idea. We should have a live video call and taste a few common expressions together. Like a global whisky tasting event! Even better I could invite some of my Malt Society members to join us. Maybe you could do the same?

Could be interesting...

BTW this review is for the Longrow 14 Burgundy Wood --- connosr does not allow you to correct mistakes, it seems :-S

@galg

Nose: subtle oak, malt, traces of peat and smoke which are light for a 'heavily peated' Campbeltown. i might be accustomed to Islay peated beasts but i like this one too even though it’s doesn't feel like 55 ppm to me. rather fresh nose, with some milk chocolate... interesting. mix of the chocolate smoke and the oak, and then some melted butter. peat too. but not coastal briny stuff, it’s different. ermmmm. nice.

Palate: Big , viscous feeling to it. sweetness and those distant embers of peat burning in the distance hit the tongue and palate.wet damp soil. Lovely stuff. Peat, here we come, but it’s not Islay here. Should it strive to be Islay? No, it’s right on the spot.

Finish : Definitely peat, some briny notes remain, no medicinal notes whatsoever, but very interesting feel to the peat. smoke stays with you quite a bit! Oak comes back at you after a few seconds, and also sort of chewed cold cigar which is not burning for quite some time. cigar embers... that's it! Lovely stuff .

The bottom line:

This is indeed an interesting and lovely dram. Maybe i needed that extra peat and sherry maturation in order to enjoy those Campbeltown malts. I am now looking forward to tasting the 10-year-old Longrow. From what i heard, it’s supposed to be a bit different and not as good, but i am keeping an open mind about this.

Interesting and intriguing. I am a big fan of Islay and love smokey, peated scotch. The 55ppm was what caught my eye but I love the fact it is more subtle and clever than a simple peat bomb. It's going on my ever growing wish list now too!

Added to the wish list for curiosity's sake

@JohnVSimpson

The highlight of our holiday was to visit Canpbelltown, enjoy the tour of Springbank Distillery and then to taste Longrow 14yo. We brought a bottle home and have been enjoying its sublime taste. Only problem - it appears to be disappearing much too quickly.

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