Longmorn 15yo (OB)

Sherried Liquorice Root

Longmorn, the next victim in the Mortlachification that holds the industry in its grasp. And it needn’t surprise anyone, the spin doctor behind this rebranding is no one less than Georgie Bell, yes you’ve guessed it the same one who put good old Mortlach in expensive glassware with an astronomical price tag. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to rant about the good old days. And in my honest opinion the quality of the new Mortlach line up is superior to that of the F&F 16yo, but Diageo is just too greedy when it comes to pricing. When people tend to get melancholic about the good old days, it is often useful to do a retrospective and inquire if the old days were indeed so much better. Enter the Longmorn 15, long since replaced by a – to some inferior – 16yo release.

longmornDescription: released in the 90’s, matured for 15 years in presumably mostly sherry casks, bottled at 45% ABV.

Nose: mildly sherried, notes nutmeg, butterscotch, orange tea, cloves, a touch of honey and a subtle hint of oak.

Mouth: medium bodied, slightly bitter on the palate, yet spicy with a slight metallic side note. Mostly vanilla and tangerines, with a sheer amount of oak and liquorice root.

Finish: short, with subtle spices, fruity notes and a fair dash of nutmeg.

The Verdict: what can we say about the good old days? Well they certainly weren’t bad, they could entertain you and your friends for an evening, but it is not like we lost a monument to single malt whisky here. If it wasn’t for the hefty price tag, I would suggest to give the new Longmorn a chance and pick up an old bottle of 15 or 16yo if you still find it at an acceptable price.

Score: 84

Nose: 21

Taste: 20
Finish: 21 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house