Longrow Red 11 Years Old Port Casks

Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky

51.8% ABV, £58 for 70cl

Score: 86/100

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What they say:

Another edition of Longrow’s popular Red range, this time featuring 11 year old whisky matured in fresh port casks, giving it a rosy hue and vibrant fruit notes alongside the classic aromas of well-peated Campbeltown single malt.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Jammy notes of summer fruit, sweet and vivid. Light notes of earthy peat and tobacco leaf.

Palate: Peat develops from the get-go, with hints of oak supporting it. Raisins, currants and sweet port.

Finish: A long finish of berry notes and subtle peat.

Overall: Good balance of peat and fruit.

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What I say:

Dram # 5 from the Jolly Toper P/O/U/R/S tasting held on 11th September 2014. This one according to Mark has spent 9 years in ‘fresh’ port casks. What it did for the other 2 years is anybodys guess but it was bottled at 11 years old.

Colour:

Coppery red

Nose:

Jammy fruits, strawberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, apple, cereal barley malt, new cigar boxes and a hint of earthy peat

Taste:

Strawberry jam on hot buttered toast, malty wheat bread toast at that, slightly earthy peaty flavours and some oaky wood

Finish:

Long, faintly rubbery malt and peat

Overall:

Excels on the palate, perhaps a little water would have opened up more on the nose and finish – but I’ll never know as this was too good straight out of the bottle. A perfect way to end a perfect evening’s whisky tasting. I expect this one to sell very quickly. The peated Longrow spirit and port cask maturation work well, I feel the port wins out giving a rich fruity whisky with peaty overtones, sublime.