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Longrow 2000 7 Year Old Gaja Barolo Finish

Average score from 4 reviews and 8 ratings 89

Longrow 2000 7 Year Old Gaja Barolo Finish

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  • Brand: Longrow
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 55.8%
  • Age: 7 year old
  • Vintage: 2000
  • Bottled: 2008
  • Bottles: 12120

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Longrow 2000 7 Year Old Gaja Barolo Finish

Smells like pear, dried fruit, orange jam on Sasquatch bread. Tastes of pear, Asian pear, a bit of tequila, mescal, pepper, ginger, oak. Finish is quite long for a seven year scotch, but about medium for a higher year scotch such as the Springbank 18. Lingers on the tongue with a hint of smoke and pepper. Finally, a touch of mint.

The cactus influence here is not overpowering as in in the Longrow CV. I heartily approve of this dram. It is a unique taste profile.

The Longrow signature "curdled" palate is present, but it is living a charmed existence in this whisky. The bottle certainly improves after being opened. Oxygenation is a good thing in this case.

The headbuzz from this dram is quite pleasant. Much better than average. Yes, the type of intoxication is worth noting. Most reviewers will not "go there." I will, when it's worth noting. Like some of the phenol-rich drams from Islay, this one does indeed create a slightly unusual psychological effect that allows for a high level of intellectual endeavor without hitting one over the head, so to speak. An excellent dram to help inspire creative endeavors. Take note, ye writers, artists, and philosophers.

Too strong to drink in any significant amount without any water at all, at least for me. I add only what is absolutely necessary in order to keep the fire from consuming the tongue and throat upon consumption.

I have an extra bottle of this if somebody in Portland Oregon wants to trade me for something else that I find interesting. Yes, I called the OLCC and trades are perfectly legal as long as no money changes hands.

A little gem this one, had a sample in '08 before buying one myself. Still sits unopened. But i eagerly await a best-friends barbecue reunion for which this will be the one i'll sample. Good review Rigo! Fun stuff, the buzz-notes in the end ;)


I'd started a local whisky club with the help of my brother in law and a few regulars of my imported beer shop.

I'd finally decided to do that when so many of my regular customers had complained about whiskies.

What whiskies would they like? What whiskies were good, what whiskies were bad, what whiskies were worth the price that was being charged for them in the bottleshops?

So many questions, and the only way to get the answers was for them to try different whiskies.

I guess I'd just have to suffer along with them.

Poor me hahaha the lengths I go to provide good customer service for my customers.

Just so you know I have a giant grin right now.

Now my brother in law had tried a few mehish whiskies and a couple of good ones.

At this time the good ones we'd tried were Talisker 18 yr old and Longrow 7 Year Old Gaja Barolo Wood.

My brother in law has been a fan of the Campbeltown whiskies for a while now, ever since his first Springbank.

Now when we're out trying whiskies my brother in law share, it's the best way to expand your range for the cheapest amount of money.

Now we'd just tried the Talisker 18 yr old which was sexy, now it was time to try the Longrow Gaja Barolo Wood.

A nice dark whisky comes out in a tasting glass similar to a glencairn and my brother in law noses it first then tries it and deems it "Very good!"

He then hands me the glass, ripe sexy fruit aromas float up out of the glass, mainly grapes, but you can definitely see the wine cask finishing influences.

Then the smoke and peat appear with some hints of pepper, it's a lovely little nose and I can immediately see why my brother in law pronounced it very good.

Time to take a taste of my brother in law's whisky though!

Thick oily mouthfeel that covers every inch of my mouth with a delicious smoky fruity flavor. Lovely thick leather flavors surrounded in that smokey fruit with just a hint of salt and I'm sitting here grinning going "Very good!" to myself.

The finish is long with smokey peat fruit drenched in salt that just lingers forever. I'm loving this whisky!

Even better is this whisky is surprisingly affordable, especially for a cask strength at roughly $145 AUS.

It's a nice play between the big smoke and peat of Longrow and the sexy Italian wine influence of the cask. At no point does either side dominate, but rather they compliment one another, playing with each other, making a beautiful complex dram.

If you get a chance to try this whisky, DO SO!


This whisky is HUGE! a young unbridled monster from longrow. Finnished in Gaja Barolo wine casks and in total only seven years in maturation it is remarkable to see a whisky of such size and immense complexity at this age.

Colour: polished wood

  • Nose: peat, phenol, heavy, more like Islay peat, smoke and a real sweet richness poking its head around.

  • Pallet: initial sweetness, BOOM, smoke, peat, salt, maritime, phenol, pain. what a crescendo

  • Finish: smoke dissipates, sweetness returns, rich fruits and gentle mouth smoothing spice readying you for the next plunge.

  • Mark: 9/10

one more year of maturation (im not educated enough to say whether it should be in wine or bourbon). and this would be a truly great whisky instead? well it will only astound.


Colour: Dark gold.

Nose: Sweet, Earthy peat. Red fruit. dried Grapes. Smoke , BBQ smoke to be more specific.. A little citrus. Pepper

Palate: Spicy. Winey and Smokey sweet. Very very good. The wine does not overpower this strong and virile youngster of a dram, but adds a very nice layer. Some peppers , Earthy peat. Leather. Chilly and Sugary at the same time. A delight. I absolutely love this one. One of the best peat-wine combinations I've had (since of course Octomore 2.2)

Finish: Long. Peppery sweet and smoke galore. Raisins. Peat. Long and powerful. You can not ask for more.

@galg, is this really in the same league as Octomore 2.2?

I have a bottle of this Longrow in the stash that I'm pretty excited to open. The Octomore 2.2, though, is one that I just dream about. If I knew they were in the same league, that might make the dream a little less bitter. wink

@MadSingleMalt it's not in the same league peat wise, just mentioned peat-wine combo it's lovely. but that was so much time ago. i need to re-visit ;)

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