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 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...
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.