Longrow 18 year old whisky comes from the Springbank distillery which is one of the oldest independent, family-owned distilleries in Scotland. Legal distillation began in 1828. The distillery is also fairly unique in which they malt 100% of their own barley, using traditional floor maltings. So the whole process; malting, milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation, maturation and bottling happens on the one site in Campbeltown. This is unique in Scotland. Three malt whiskies are produced at Springbank distillery, each with its own character. The Longrow is more heavily peated and distilled two times
This is their 2021 18 year old release, matured in 30% bourbon, 60% sherry and 10% chardonnay casks.
Official Tasting Notes
Nose – The characteristic maritime influence of Campbeltown whisky kicks off this malt, with notes of fishing creels from the outset. Sweet wild berries and dried fruits balance the salty, briny elements.
Palate – Sweet honeycomb and butterscotch alongside creamy vanilla and herbs. The rich peat influence is palpable in hints of burnt embers and delicate spices.
Finish – The maritime influence and peat smoke carry through, with damp camp fire and worn leather elements present in the finish.