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Douglas Laing: Longmorn: Old Particular: 15 Year (Scottish Speyside Single Malt Whisky: 15 Year: 48.4% ABV)

Visual: Pale greened clear spirit. Very thin puckering comes from the spirit.

Nose: Clean. Sage. Alcohol tingle. Water adds cereal grains, strawberry and honey.

Body: Vibrant alcohol. Lime. Vanilla toffee. Water adds strawberry crème. Alcohol jelly. Honey. More water adds sweet apricot.

Finish: Slightly meaty. Touch of smoke. Lime. Alcohol jelly. Water adds strawberry crème. Honey. More water adds cake sponge and lychee.

Conclusion: Ok, neat this one really lost me. It has a lot of alcohol character, not harsh but very present. It results in a whisky that is kind of closed, with just very basic lime and vanilla notes that are obvious, with hints of something else around that which are hard to pin down. So I gave it some time, took a few more sips, but I just couldn’t get a feel for anything deeper from it.

Water, well water starts breaking through the shell around this whisky and changes it completely. It is very sweet, almost sickly levels of honey comes out along with gentle strawberry crème. It is still not complex, and still alcohol touched but now radically different from both itself neat and most other whiskies I have encountered.

More water lightens the sweetness, losing some of the interesting and unique notes, but it does balance things out a bit better in response.

So, in my experience this varied between closed with too much alcohol, and stupidly sweet. The thing is, there are such unusual elements here, and it is a fair chunk stronger than the base 40% abv, that I figure it is likely there is something worthwhile hidden in there, it just needs more experimentation to find the perfect water level to unlock that.

From my experience then I cannot recommend it. However I can acknowledge that there may be more to be found that my quick dalliance with it may have revealed.

Make of that what you will.

Background: So, fourth time around – Mini whisky samples! Woo woo! These were donated to me by Independent Spirit for me to do notes on – much appreciated! Being a sample this is a smaller measure than normal, so may be slightly shorter notes that usual, not that I’m complaining. Only had a few encounters with Longmorn before and I don’t feel I quite have a handle on what to expect from this distillery yet so thought this would be an interesting one. Googled for more info on this bottling and can’t find anyone selling this particular expression yet at time of writing, so may not have hit the shelves yet. If anyone knows more please let me know. Went with The Kominas – Wild Nights In Guantánamo Bay for music while drinking. One of those albums I still love but wish the world would change so it wasn’t still so bloody relevant.

Carn Mor Vintage Collection Longmorn 1996

Carn Mor Vintage Collection: Longmorn 1996 (Scottish Speyside Single Malt Whisky: 13 Years: 46% ABV)

Visual: Light grain to bracken.

Viscosity: Fast thick streaks.

Nose: Notable alcohol. Soft lemon. Husked grain. Water turns to corn fields.

Body: Lemon sponge. Notable alcohol. Golden syrup cake. Slick feel. Menthol and peppermint. Oaked. Lime. Water makes more gentle, sweet and smooth. Light strawberry comes out with more water along with a shredded wheat character.

Finish: Dry, yet golden syrup flavoured. Oak. Crackers. More oaked with water and black liquorice bits.

Conclusion: I’m never quite sure if that has actually fully opened up. I’m still adding water to taste as I write. Still, I have had a fair chunk of it, and it has already progressed so I think I have a fair handle on it.

Top and tail this whisky never really clicks. The aroma is slightly closed, too burning without water, too muted once water is added. Tail and into the finish it too oaken, which weighs over all the other elements.

So, erm, yeah, a bad start for this one then. The middle does have a bit of play though. While it is hard to tell neat, there is a soothing soft lemon sponge character. Water helps, giving the soft sponge and soft fruit room to roam. Even with water it feels a tad rough around the edges, but the base core suggest a softer, more pleasant, whisky that it so much wants to be.

I can’t really recommend it based on that though – there is a good soft whisky in here somewhere, but the harsh edges makes me think it would have been better in something a bit more booming to age it.

Background: Bottled in 2009 from a hogshead cask, this proved a good chance to do some notes for Longmorn whisky, which I have tried before but never got around to doing notes for. Its a nice 20cl in size, small enough to not be a too huge commitment, but large enough to get a feel for the whisky. One of 1377 bottles, I grabbed this from Independent Spirit. Drunk whilst listening to Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and Against Me! for a pumped up background music set.

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