Longmorn 17 Years Old 1996 [Cask #105095] (Signatory Vintage)

43% ABV, £38 for 70cl

Score: 83/100

What they say:

Distilled at the Speyside Longmorn distillery on 25/06/1996 and matured in 1st Fill Sherry Butt, cask no 105095. Bottled on 05/11/2013, bottle no. 347 of 832 by Signatory Vintgae Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd. Pitlochry. Natural Colour.

Longmorn 1996, 17 Years Old, Cask No 105095, Signatory Vintage
Longmorn 1996, 17 Years Old, Cask No 105095, Signatory Vintage

What I say:

The second in our mini-vertical 1996 Longmorn’s was this Signatory Vintage bottled sherry-matured example that we picked up at Royal Mile Whiskies. At 4 years older than the Longmorn 1996, The Carn Mor Vintage Collection and also being matured completely in a 1st Fill Sherry Butt we had high hopes for this Longmorn expression.

Colour:

Deep ruby and amber red

Nose:

Flowery perfumed Roses, Jasmine Tea, Orange Blossom, Orange zest, Leather, Brown sugar and chocolate

Taste:

Warm and rich and buttery in texture and taste, leather, peach, apricot and lychee fruits with raisin, sultanas and rum, honey sweet with a slight hint of sour which develops into a slightly bitter/coffee

Finish:

Medium length sweet fruity peachy leather

Would I buy it again:

Definitely, this dram has something of the orient about it, the aromas are reminiscent of India but the flavour is more Malay or Thai with the mixture of Roses, Jasmine Tea leaves and tropical lychee fruit flavours. It is hard to believe the sherry influence is so overpowered or brings to such prominence the Longmorn distillate flavours in this dram. For me it would be up there with my love of Mortlach but for the lack of meatiness and body, however for Paula I think we are close to finding her spiritual whisky home in this dram.