Longrow Red 11 Years Old Cabernet Franc

Longrow Red 11 Years Old Cabernet Franc (55.9%, OB, 9000 Bottles, 2018)

  • ABV: 55.9%
  • Age: 11 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £sold out
  • Origin: Springbank distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared

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What they say

In early 2018, Springbank added another release to their incredibly popular Longrow Red series! This time, the 11 year old, heavily peated Campbeltown single malt was initially matured in bourbon barrels for 9 years before being moved over to casks that previously aged Cabernet Franc wine. Past Longrow Red bottlings have enjoyed maturations in Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, Pinot Noir and even Australian Shiraz casks!

Master of Malt tasting notes:

  • Nose: Raspberry and blueberry, joined by a hearty blast of earthy peat smoke.
  • Palate: Toasted vanilla pod, petrichor, jammy strawberries with a zesty hint of orange peel, continuing muscular peat notes.
  • Finish: A final waft of dense smoke lingers for ages on the finish.

What I say

The second of a quartet of Longrow expression sampled as a little vertical. Bottled as part of the Longrow Red series in 2018, this expression was matured for 9 years in ex-bourbon before finishing for 2 years in ex-Cabernet Franc red wine barriques. Rumour has it these were sourced from the same De Toren Private Cellar in Stellenbosch, South Africa as the previous Malbec finished 2017 Longrow Red edition.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Bright refractive barely rose gold (11/20) medium/tapered tears and long fine legs.
  • Nose: Sweet and peaty, fruity, forest berries, orange, more smokey than fruity, redcurrant jelly, raspberry, strawberry, touch of salted caramel, salty/maritime.
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied and oily on the palate but a little thin on flavours, peat, metallic, some red fruits and apple, black & cayenne pepper/spice, chilli, cassis.
  • Finish: Long, peppery spice and smoke some soft red fruits in honey.


Sadly not heavily red wine influenced, a competent expression whose fruitiness struggles to compete with the peaty and spicy nature, much preferred the Gaja Barolo.

Score 84/100

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