Longrow 18yr Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Longrow 18yr

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  • Distiller:

    Springbank

  • Bottler:

    Springbank

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    18 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Whisky with character, attitude, self-respect, and individuality. The opposite of these modern one-note whiskies.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish wavers between vanilla custard and dry smoke. Adding water doesn’t seem to reduce the heat but it will bring out more lemon tarts and white pepper.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Decent whisky with some great sweet notes coming through but it’s not fully balanced and missing a bit of depth. Feels really topical.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Licorice, coffee beans, brine, chili, and peppery peat in the lengthy finish.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I can honestly say that I’ve ever been disappointed with Longrow 18-Year-Old official bottling releases.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is a really great dram. Its complex and delicious while balancing smoke and dessert-y sweet notes with ease.
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  • Intro:

    Longrow, one of the three producers under the Springbank umbrella of producers, is a Campeltown distiller that releases various peated expressions. This is their 18 year old release, which is part of their core line of expressions, though it comes and goes under a Limited Edition banner.

  • Nose:

    Buttery and sweet. Caramel corn, salted caramel. Honey, apples and pears. Apple pie, almost, in that there is a nice bread-y quality (the crust), sweet apples and syrupy fruits (the filling) and some nice baking spices to round it out. Really nice overall. Not much peat in the nose, if any.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel. No real heat. Sweet cream, rich pepper and a touch of brine. Smoke rolls in - delicious ashy, burning wood, faint peppery peat. Mild rubber note, but very mild. Ashy all of the way.

  • Finish:

    Long finish with really gentle heat. Peppery, lots of nice apple notes continue with buttery caramel and some tobacco. Really rich, grows drying but not bitter as the finish departs.

  • Overall:

    This is a really great dram. Its complex and delicious while balancing smoke and dessert-y sweet notes with ease.

  • Score:

    7

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