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Longrow Peated

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Longrow Peated

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  • Brand: Longrow
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 46.0%

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@cricklewood
Longrow Peated

As it stands currently the standard line up of Longrow consist of the NAS Heavily Peated, an 18 yr old & a 21yr old.

Now this NAS version came out sometime in 2011-2012, it is said to have replaced the Longrow CV which was also NAS and purported to contain a vatting of different ages and cask types, (bourbon, refill, sherry, port & rum) as a way to show off the profile of Longrow in a price friendly package. Some have speculated that this new version is younger than its predecessor, spokesmen for Springbank claim it is essentially the same recipe with an updated package.

I haven't had the pleasure of anything but the Hazelburn CV, so will likely never know.

Nose: Mossy peat, burnt grain, damp basement. A feeling of sherry cask influence, you know that creamy, yeast & dried fruit thing. With time green fruits, gooseberry, apple, Italian Mostarda (mustard pickled fruit), a slight minty or herbal edge. Lastly a bit of dry smoke.

Palate: Sweet, sour, ginger, loads of paraffin, greasy smoke and dirt basement floor. Lemon peel, grains, mineral & gravel, a salty edge too, a touch of olive oil & vanilla frosting.

Finish: Oily & earthy, musky fruits & mineral. The oak is light and drying, there is definitely a coastal briny edge to it.

Notes: Good uncompromising stuff, I was not expecting it to be this good, it doesn't get a lot of hype like all the other versions but I honestly loved this. I would definitely consider picking up a bottle if I come across one.

I think this would get a lot more hype & general attention if it was branded as something like "Longrow 6" or whatever. The NAS labeling really makes it seem less important. Maybe that's just me.

As for the comparison to the old CV, I did a side-by-side with specimens of each a few years ago, and they were pretty darn similar. Not identical, but closer than (say) two different batches of Springbank 10 can be. In my opinion, the CV was quite good, the current "Peated" is quite good, and you're not missing anything today. That said, grab an old CV if you find one collecting dust anywhere. :)

I keep passing this one by for the same reason stated by @MadSingleMalt. I had the old CV years ago and liked it, so if this one is similar I might give it a try. I suspect it is younger than 8 years old, or they might be more inclined to give it an age statement. Nice review, thanks.

@RianC

Surely no need for lengthy waffle here but suffice to say that this is the peated style from Springbank. This I believe, replaced the 10 a few years back and is double distilled as opposed to 2 and a 1/2 times for SB and triple for Hazelburn.

Bottles been open about a month with three quarters left. This is a 30 ml pour, neat (it doesn't benefit from water, imo), and tucked into from the off.

Nose - Salt and smoke that's more fireside embers than ash tray like and that always comforting nip of peat. Some herbal and creamy barley notes, and full, with lots of lemon pastries. Tarte au Citron, oui? There are definitely sour fruits at play here. Clean and inticing.

Taste - Lemon cheesecake covered in forest fire ashes. Lemon, lots of lemon. The smoke is earthy and mingles nicely with the sweetness. Quite sour as it develops and it's very soft for 46%.

Finish - Fairly short as you'd expect for a 7 - 9 year old whisky (far as I can tell) but smoke, some salt and light tannins stand out. Crisp.

This is my first Longrow and, like everything else from Springbank, this also impresses. The smoke reminds me more of Ardmore than anything from Islay but it suits the barley forward style nicely. It's a straightforward (elemental?) whisky but the quality is clearly there. A good 'summer' peated whisky for sure and would make a nice change from Islay peat, if that's your thing; but don't expect phenolic fireworks, the peat is more restrained and balanced than in, say, a Laphroaig.

For what it's worth, I'd say this "replaced" the Longrow CV, if it really replaced anything. Their lineup has changed quite a bit over the past five years or so.

Sounds great. As I read it I can't help but think of my bottle of Kilkerran 12. How would you say this compares to that or Springbank 10? And how does the level of peat compare too? Thanks.

L

This is the apparent replacement to the C.V, which was much appreciated by all of us whisky afficionados. It was introduced over a year ago and seemed to follow in the C.V's footsteps so i grabbed me a bottle. (advise: these notes are from late 2013)

Nose: Oily raincoat on a rainy day at the harbour, or close to the coast-line. Pungent peat (maybe self evident) but almost elegant compared to the usual almost charcoal-nature of the longrow peat. Some juicy fruit under the peat: Pear, baked pear, apples (yellow), quince (distinct and unusual), kiwi fruit. Some avocado and boston pickles rounds off this interesting nose.

Palate: Medium salty peat with a big cola-toffee note as its companion make up the arrival. Apples, pears and a very slight savoury lime note. Peaty but not fiery or pepppery, but like the nose: Oily pungent peat with juicy fruits, malt-sugars and cola.

Finnish Bitter cucumber skin and lemon oil, with the pungent peat finally rescessing from the banks.

Not better than some the C.V bottlings i've tried, but this is a very worthy successor nevertheless.

If you love peat in general this is one to try as it is singular and familiar enough to appeal in "peat-terms". The "raincoat" feeling is definetely honest, you really get that feeling from this peat's pungent/damp nature. I definetely agree when it comes to Springbank, don't want to sound like a fanboy, but as much as i love the signature taste i also love their presentation as you put it. I definetely appreciated when they announced this version first for how it looked, secondly(or most importantly) the simple honesty that the recipe might be similar but that it is still a different spirit. Commendable behaviour for a producer, certainly gives them even more of my trust, and i understand the change as the C.V had, what? Four different casks as part of it's maturation?.

The rain allusions are very appealing. I'll have to get one of these someday soon.

And Springbank is to be commended for putting out a new label that replaced the CV instead of just shifting the CV recipe over time. (Duplicitous "recipe shifting" is, of course, often cited as one of the prime problem with NAS whiskies like this.)

@tjb

Longrow peated is produced at the Springbank distillery in Cambletown. It is non chill filtered, non age statement as seems to be the current trend. Thankfully no caramel is added and this is obvious as it's a very pale spirit. Springbank started Longrow in 1973 as a project to produce a peated Whisky. The first Longrow hit the shelves around 1990 and now there are several expressions. I like this one.

Nose: Salty, leather, smoke, caramel Palate: Smoke, salt, peat, oak, pepper, honey Finish: the smoke lingers for a medium long finish.

I tried it with and without a drop of water. Overall water does open it up but only add a tiny, tiny drop. I like it better neat. Not an Islay but still good work.

@Rantavahti

Apparently this is the Longrow CV in new packaging. I had no expectations, I even might have taken it with an elitist attitude. Thinking that this might not work because it's not from Islay. I'm glad that Longrow Peated proved me that I was being an idiot.

Longrow Peated was a good combination of light notes and light smoke that turns into a powerful and lasting smoke. Especially the nose was intriguing. Master of Malt put it nicely: "like a Harbourmaster's Jacket."

Longrow Peated had something "New Romantic" in it. Like I had went back in time and tasted a whisky from the past. It's hard to explain and it sounds crazy because a) I haven't tasted whisky in the past b) I can imagine whisky pretty much tastes same now as it tasted in the past.

Because of that feel and the tasting notes, this whisky was easy to assimilate to the TV series Ashes to Ashes.

Nose: Sweet, leathery and a bit salty smoke that turns into powerful trails of ashes.

Taste: Light and tough. Starts lightly with fruity notes like green grapes. Then suddenly gives you a good deal of smoke but not in a harsh way.

Finish: Salty smoke lingers very well and the lightness withdraws.

Balance: Well balanced whisky that doesn't leave you cold but isn't too smoky either. I can honestly recommend this for everyone, even for hardcore smoke diggers.

Great review -- nice vivid description. I've always thought the CV was similar to Springbank 10, with added smoke. So this is the CV under a new name? Or a new expression that replaces the CV in the Longrow range?

According to Master of Malt, this should be the CV, though the reviews are a bit different from each other... masterofmalt.com/whiskies/… masterofmalt.com/whiskies/springbank/…

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