Review: Longrow Red 12 Years Old Pinot Noir
Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Springbank Distillery
Bottling: J & A Mitchell & Company
Cost: £54.39 from Master of Malt [sold out]
What they say:
A 12 year old Longrow single malt Scotch whisky from the fantastic Springbank distillery in the Campbeltown region. This one has been allowed to finish for a year in French Pinot Noir wine casks before being bottled at 52.9% ABV, resulting in intense fruit notes from all angles. Loads of red berry notes here, with a touch of orange and familiar Longrow smokiness too.
What I say:
The 2015 edition Longrow Red is presented this year with a red wine, specifically Pinot Noir, cask finish maturation. Adding another deliciously different example to the Longrow Red line of expressions.
Light blood red (16/20), slow large droplet tears leave fat legs
Earthy and ashen peat smoke, jammy red fruits, deeply toasted oak, malty cereal barley, brambles and blackberries, blackberry and apple cordial, tobacco leaf & cigar smoke, with water a massive floral and fruity berry flowers arises
Thick and chewy on the palate, massively tannic oak wood, blackberry jam, strawberry and raspberry jam, charred oak wood, malty cereal barley, rich cinder toffee and candyfloss, light and sugary sweet like marshmallows toasted over a peat bonfire
Long, charred wood, smoke, fruit and more burning wood
Heavy and tannic and massively fruity carried on a rich backbone of that signature Springbank heavy malt coupled to subdued peat. This was an experience to drink and a powerful dram indeed. I have a feeling that those rich jammy fruit flavours and tannic oak wood from the Pinot Noir casks have masked some of that lovely filthy oiliness normally found here, but it is likely lurking under the surface. Sadly too good straight to dilute with water and find out.
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