Time for the second review from Gordon & Macphail's Speyside Collection. I dive into my favourite glencairn glass. Tonight's content: a Longmorn 1967.
Longmorn is somewhat of a hidden gem. Some even call it a whisky blender's favourite. The distillery was built in 1893 by John Duff & Company. Four years later he built a second distillery called Longmorn... 2 (this distillery later becomes Benriach). The two distilleries had a private railroad to transport casks, barley, peat and coal to fire the stills.
Longmorn has a bit of a reputation of being stubborn. Floor maltings continued until 1970 and they still used direct coal fire to heat the stills in 1994.
Identity Card Longmorn 1967
- Longmorn 1967, Longmorn Distillery (Moray, Speyside)
- Gordon & Macphail distillery label
- Distilled 31st october 1967
- Bottled 21st September 2015
- 47 year old single malt
- 533 bottles from first fill sherry butt #4645
- Alcohol: 43%
Tasting notesColour: Old gold. Very slow legs appear on the glass after swirling (I know now what they mean with slow legs. These are very different from other contemporary malts featured on this website).
Nose: Surprisingly fresh. But then marzipan is brought in by the truckload. Fresh almonds. Cherry-custard pie with a hint of vanilla. Cherry wood and sterile bandages. Juicy mango and dried oranges.
With water: maraschino cherries. Even more sweetness is added. Honey and tangerines. Or Mandarin Napoleon liquor.
Taste: Spicy and sweet; Cinnamon and marzipan. Crunchy pear and Madame Jeannette chilis. Very aromatic with a slightly sharp edge. Grounded aniseed.
With water: syrupy cherries and mango compote. A touch of pleasant wood. Apricot jam.
Finish: Mon chérie liquor chocolates. Dark chocolates stuffed with cherry liquor.
What else did happen in 1967?
- January 18: Sergio Leone's "A fistfull of dollars" with Clint Eastwood is released in the United States.
- April 28: Muhammed Ali refuses military service and is stripped of his boxing title and not allow to fight for three years.
- July 4: The British Parliament decriminalizes homosexuality
- August 13: The first line-up of Fleetwood Mac makes their live debut at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival.
No point in hiding I was pretty excited when this sample pack was dropped at my doorstep. Sampling these malts will certainly give me a few experience points on my route to the perfect whisky (if such whisky exists).
This Longmorn is the sixties entry in Gordon & Macphail's Speyside Collection. Only 75 boxes are available of this premium collection of vintage malts comprising amongst others a 1948 Glenlivet and 1954 Mortlach. Watch out for tomorrow's tasting notes. I'll be sipping and nipping a Glen Grant 1949.
A sample of this whisky was provided by Gordon & Macphail. Opinions expressed in this review are of course my own.