Longmorn 13 Years Old 1996 – The Carn Mor Vintage Collection (Carn Mor)

46% ABV, £14 for 20cl

Score: 77/100

What they say:

Distilled in 1996 at the Speyside distillery of Longmorn and matured in a bourbon hogshead Cask number 156794 for 13 years before bottling in 2009. This bottle was from a limited edition of 1377. Non chill-filtered, no added colour. Distilled, matured and bottled in Scotland. Bottled by The Scottish Liqueur Centre, Bankfoot, Perthshire

What I say:

Following our sampling of the Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask 1991, 21 Years Old Longmorn expression at the Glasgow’s Whisky Festival 2013 Paula and I really felt the need to get to know Longmorn a little better. During one of our visits to Lockett Bros whisky shop in North Berwick we spotted this little 20cl 13 Years Old Longmorn bottling from Carn Mor sampled as part of our micro-vertical Longmorn tasting.

Colour:

Light straw yellow gold

Nose:

Flowery perfumed Roses, Turkish Delight, Sweet rose jelly, pot pourri and white grape & apple juice [Schloer]

Taste:

Rose and acidic sour lemon [like the classic rose and lemon Turkish Delight combo flavourings] , sweet honey and vanilla custard, thin and vaporous in the mouth with white wine/white grape and light barley malt

Finish:

Short acidic followed by medium length perfumed sweet and sour

Would I buy it again:

Not a bad dram band per buck, a little rough around the edges due to its youth but a beautiful example of the Longmorn distillate [flowery and sweet]. This is certainly one that grows on you the more you drink it. My only concern being that the flowery or sweet may get a little sickly and this doesn’t have the age or full-body to totally back this up. A great summer night drinking whisky, refreshing on the palate and a good acidity to cut through BBQ or other strong flavoured foods.