Next up is a bit of a rare 18yo, well rare as an OB (original bottling) at least. As my previous review was of the Chivas Regal 18yo, I have decided to review one of the single malts that goes into the Chivas Regal 18yo blend, namely the Longmorn 18yo. I was fortunate to taste this whisky at a Chivas Regal tasting held at the WhiskyBrother shop.
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Style: Single Malt
Age: 18 years
Longmorn was founded in 1893 by John Duff, who had founded the Glenlossie distillery two decades earlier, and production began around December 1894. The Longmorn and the BenRiach distilleries (which he built next to Longmorn) were both were affected by the collapse of wholesale buyers Pattison, Elder and Co. in 1898. The Longmorn Distilleries Company Ltd. then passed through a variety of ownerships. In 2001 Chivas Brothers was acquired by the French Pernod Ricard Group.
John Duff also has an interesting South African connection. After about a decade at Glenlossie John and his family emigrated to South Africa with plans to start a new distillery in the then Transvaal. John invested large sums of money in what would most likely of been the first malt whisky distillery on the African continent, but his plans were obstructed by the then South African president Paul Kruger as he had an aversion against anything British.
Colour: Rich deep gold colour with very many slow thick legs.
Nose: Interesting start of soap and leather before one gets into vanilla with some creamy toffee notes. Once past the sweet notes you are met with olives (olive oil), some fresh sweet grass/hay and yellow flowers. A lovely layered, clean and fragrant nose that has great depth, complexity and richness to it.
Palate: White pepper and clove spiciness (front of tongue) starts you off on this extremely rich and intricate palate. Green fields, vegetal earthiness and green olives introduce themselves as the creamy butteryness with some vanilla joins the party. Appealing damp woody smokiness is also to be found. A remarkable palate with a thick mouth coating oiliness to it.
Finish: Very long, smooth and warming with flavour and spiciness all the way to end.
Overall: A stimulatingly intricate dram that has a splendid balance to it. This is a dram that you are meant to spend time on to full appreciate what is happening is the glass.
My Score: 83