Longrow is one of three distinct types of single malt produced at Springbank distillery (next to Springbank and Hazelburn). It is distilled twice with a phenol content in the malted barley of 50-55ppm. The 18-year old expression was first released in 2008. This review relates to the 2014 release.
Wax! – that is what first comes to mind on the nose. Plenty of wax, combined with salt, a whiff of smoke and some brine. Then there are flavours of olive oil and vanilla, followed by a hint of oranges.
The palate is medium-bodied, oily, and a little bit spicy. The vanilla flavours are back, together with notes of apples and lemons. Smoke is there, too, a soft and unobtrusive presence.
The finish is of medium length and pleasantly warming. The wax flavours are back and go together with notes of peat and white pepper. Towards the end the peat turns into an ashy finish.
Some people call this old school whisky, and I suppose it is. A multi-layered dram full of character, this is a Longrow expression that I should have tried long ago. Refined and elegant – definitely one of my whisky highlights of this year!