Longmorn is another distillery whose primary existence is utilized for blending (often in parent company Pernod’s Chivas line), or for independent bottling. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are quite the fans, with bottles turning up on their website for purchase every now and again. Today we take our first look at a distillery-released bottling with the flagship expression of Longmorn, aged 16 years in ex-bourbon casks.
The nose is lovely and mild on first impression, with lots of granny smith apple and butter notes developing at first, plus some honey after sitting in the glass over time. A few drops of water do much to enhance the fruit and also bring forward floral, perfume notes. It’s a surprise on the palate as things take a sharp 90-degree turn with big notes of spice and wood cancelling out most of the upfront sweetness, setting up a long, lingering combination of oats and wood on the finish. Nothing offensive or foul here, but it certainly pales in comparison to the engaging nose.
Pernod gets a lot of things right in the spirits world, which is why they are one of the world’s biggest conglomerates. However, readily available experimentation and variations on this expression would be most welcome. A price tag bordering on $100 for a flagship expression does not seem like a sure fire way to ingratiate yourself to a discerning clientele or introducing yourself to a new market, especially when it was a fraction of its current asking price several years ago.