Time for a stunner again. The whisky in this review left everyone at our tasting table speechless: It was a Longmorn from the glory days. These bottlings have become quite expensive recently. The Whisky Agency bought a lot of stock and I hope we see more great Longmorn at still affordable prices. Believe it or not, this 1968 Speysider could even keep up with the famous Brora 1972 of the same series, which we had later that night. Here are my notes for this little miracle:
Longmorn 35 y.o. Douglas Laing Platinum 1968 – 2003, 95 btl., 57,8%
Comment: Amazingly balanced allrouder quality (we have dark and bright fruits, a discrete and noble spiciness), deep like the financial crisis and full of life after 35 years in the cask. This complex Longmorn bursts wine gum, tropical fruits, peaches, mirabelles, some plums and cherries. in the background notes of short bread and vanilla pastry (‚Vanillekipferl‘) join the beautiful mix. Let’s taste it: Yes! On the palate it keeps all its promises and simply delivers. Typical of old Longmorn, we have this special cristalline fruitiness (dextrose-like) that can get you addicted. Forget adding any water. All this malt mania ends in a glorious finish that underscores the depth of this dram again. There was an absolute silence among the tasters – a real good sign. We tried to find a bottle, but at an outturn of 95, we are still looking for one to come home.