This Longrow, the heavily peated malt from Springbank, was released as Society Bottling for the SMWS members. It matured for 9 years on a Sauternes wine cask.
As soon as I put my nose in the glass, I am transported to a Body Shop or Ritual shop, the kind of store my wife loves to visit to buy all kinds of oils and ointments. I do not mean this is a derogatory way, it is simply the first thing that comes to mind when nosing this malt. Orange potpourri with all kinds of scents and incense, creams with tropical fruit aroma and a hint of sun screen. It is fruity and creamy, but comes across somewhat artificial. Let’s not forget the lovely note of woodsmoke. Let me be clear: this is very good!
Ka-boom! Immediately very powerful and spicy, with lots of sweet smoke, ashes and gun powder! Nicely balanced by tropical fruit. Think (lot of) oranges and (a little) pineapple, but also dried apricots, raisins and grapefruit. The heavy peat from Longrow and the immense sweetness of the Sauternes casks have found a perfect match in each other.
The finish is very long, very spicy and very sweet.
Impressive Longrow, especially considering the young age of this malt. Thanks, Marc!