Single malt

Longrow 12 Years Old 2002 Sherry Cask (53.1%, Cadenhead, 288 Bottles, 2015)

Longrow 12 Years Old 2002 Sherry Cask

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 53.1%
  • Age: 12 Years Old
  • Bottling: Cadenhead
  • Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £sold out
  • Origin: Springbank distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared

Longrow-12-Years-Old-2002-Sherry-Cask

What they say

Wood Range

This whisky has been matured in a sherry cask

  • Distilled 2002
  • Bottled April 2015
  • Age 12
  • Strength 53.1% vol
  • Cask Sherry
  • No. Bottles 288

Master of Malt tasting notes:

  • Nose: Oily, earthy and slightly medicinal with soft smoke, A little meaty, with rich dark fruits and a touch of BBQ sauce.
  • Palate: Big and oily with wet wood smoke, then blackcurrants, pancetta and apple chutney
  • Finish: Developing smokiness fights through big fruity notes with a twist of orange and growing creaminess

What I say

The third of a quartet of Longrow expression sampled as a little vertical. Distilled in 2002 at Springbank, this was matured for 12 years in a sherry cask before bottling by Cadenhead’s.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark red bronze (15/20) quick, medium tears and long fine legs.
  • Nose: Sherry initially, a touch rubbery and sulphuric, longrow peat also, oily and meaty, cherry, sultana, tannic oak wood, marzipan, almond, after breathing, brighter and sweeter fruits, plum, strawberry, rosewater.
  • Taste: Meaty and robust and a touch spirity, some spice, cinnamon & nutmeg, rich red fruits, fruit cake with ginger, vinous, oily but not too smokey, sweet, herbal and salty like roast chicken and thyme.
  • Finish: Long, drying spices, leather, engine oil, oily smoke eventually.

Overall

A hint of rubber at first but this quickly dissipates leaving a sweet and oily combination of sherry and peat smoke which is really quite lovely.

Score 88/100

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