Been too busy in the last few weeks to work on new posts (except for the news items), but I hope to be back on track now and we’ll start with a 24 Year Old Longmorn bottled by Signatory.
This Longmorn was tasted in last month meeting of the MMI whisky club and as the theme was “Ex-bourbon whiskies from Speyside region”, this is indeed an ex-bourbon Longmorn as opposed to the sherried Longmorns I’m more familiar with. It’s a vatting of two casks, distilled on 15/06/1990 and bottled in July 2014 for 398 bottles at 55.6%
Longmorn 1990 24 Year Old (Cask Strength Signatory) (55.6%, £99.86/€106,40)
Nose: Surprisingly feels a bit thin at first despite the high ABV but it recovers and there’s a solid body there with heather honey, spice sharpness, deep dark fruit (comes with the age) and perfume whiffs. Not bad.
Palate: Rich. Spicy and sweet, honey, pears and peaches, white pepper, bitter flowers perfume.
Finish: Long finish with spiciness, oak wood, honey and weak traces of bitter perfume.
Thoughts: Some people in the event liked it, but I had issues with the biter flowery perfume here as it totally ruined the dram for me. It could be my own preference of whisky flavor or perhaps this bottle is not a good specimen of bourbon Longmorn. Anyway, in the meanwhile until I get to taste another bourbon Longmorn whisky, I’ll stick to sherried Longmorns.
Oh boy, why did I agree to enter the 2014 blind tasting competition of the Usquebaugh Society?
Well, most probably because my buddy Sjoerd (of Malt Fascination) “Enjoyed” it very much last year (not last place but not far away from it) and since I’m of Polish Jew heritage, suffering seems to be our call 🙂
I admit: blind tastings are a torture and always a very humbling experience. I rarely manage to guess correctly and more often find myself wondering how did I miss so badly.
So, here I am, taking part in the competition hoping not to finish in last place. The notes for the whiskies (Nose/Palate/Finish), for all 18 days are written before the bottle identity is revealed and this is how my mind went trying to guess the first one:
It’s sherried, started mellow yet with time got more punchy. very balanced and with a bit of oak. At first I thought of Aberlour ~16yo with about 46-48%, then switched to Macallan but as there aren’t too many of Macallans with that high ABV and age I switched back and forth between them and eventually settled for another distillery: Longmorn (with a help from a friend who say my notes). As I write this I still don’t know what’s the bottle is and I hope to actually a few points (most likely for region).
Update: Holy cow! I was almost on the spot. I was definitely thinking of the van Wees bottlings so not sure why I stayed with 17yo and lower ABV. Oh well, at least I get to savour being in the first place for one day!
van Wees Longmorn 1996 cask 72323 (57.5%, 608 bottles)