A legendary Longrow 1973, bottled at 50% in 1988 by Samaroli as part of their Fragments of Scotland series. This one is interesting as it's less smoky than the OB's of the same vintage (the first year that Longrow was distilled at Springbank), though it still scooped a huge 92 point score from Serge on Whiskyfun.
Colour: dark straw.
Nose: starts on quite a lot of camphor, beeswax, Tabasco. Develops on herbal tea, dried fruits (pear, banana) and fudge. Much less smoky than the 1973 OB's, and closer to a Springbank. Notes of pollen and a bit of marzipan. I like it a lot, it’s quite complex.
Mouth: peatier than expected, with some caramel, burnt cake, lots of spices and ginger. Quite bold! It gets more and more gingery, and even a little bitter but in a nice way.
The finish is long but perhaps a bit too grassy. Anyway, an excellent Longrow, perhaps just a tad less impressive than the OB’s from 1973. 92 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||50.0%/ 75cl|