Longrow Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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Longrow Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Campbeltown, SCOTLAND
$199. 99
$2399.88 Dozen
ABV: 46%

Collectors note: Unlike previous editions, this version was released without the original box. This is Springbank's contribution to saving the environment. Springbank's labels almost always arrive with minor wearing and markings, most often to the top of the front labels. This is unavoidable. If you are likely to be disappointed by minor label scuffing, we recommend you don't buy these whiskies.

Ever since 1973, a run of twice distilled peated malt has been produced at Springbank (Springbank itself is two and a half times distilled). Named after an earlier distillery in Campbeltown, Longrow's creation was prompted by a whisky shortage. According to Serge Valentin, it shares parallels with Tobermory’s Ledaig and Clynelish’s Brora. All were created because Islay whisky was in short supply after severe droughts in the late 1960s, and because of the temporary closure of Caol Ila.

Longrow has always been up there with some of the peatiest whiskies available, having phenol levels matching the likes of Ardbeg. Typically matured in both sherry and bourbon casks, for many whisky lovers, it's also the best non-Islay peated malt on the market - probably because it's not just about smoke. It also retains some of Campbeltown's coastal character for added interest.

Reviewed in 2020... This NAS edition replaced the Longrow C.V. bottling circa 2013 which contained 6, 10 and 14-year-old whiskies, so expect a similar composition here. Clear bright gold. Initially reticent with light citrus and grassy / farmyard notes developing to choc fudge and sooty peat. Hints of Fisherman's Friend, pipe tobacco and smoked fish in later passes. Full bodied and nicely balanced with a delicious integration of peat-soaked vanilla, peppery malt and coastal freshness. Ends dry, pleasantly spicy and vibrant with suggestions of Fisherman's Friend, kelp and cocoa in the fade. Earthy, coastal and complex. Great stuff. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

Other reviews... [+/- 2020 bottling] The plainest, purest, cheapest, simplest Longrow, and certainly not my least favourite, although I have to confess that I haven't tried it since 2015 (WF 89). This wee NAS is said to gather whiskies aged from 7 to 14, matured in a variety of casks (most refill, according to the refreshingly light colour). Colour: white wine. Nose: some pinewood burning in the fireplace, in a remote chalet in the Alps, while you're having a quick sauna (oils, ointments) with a glass of chardonnay in hand (would one do that?) and a plate of oysters on the side. There's also more spices than usual, at least that's my feeling. Curry, pepper, heavy nutmeg… Did they strengthen the oak treatment? Mouth: indeed it may be a little oakier and spicier than usual, but I'm totally fine with these notes of mustard, tobacco, mussels cooked in curry sauce, these tiny burnt touches reminiscent of burnt tyres, the ashes… Finish: very long, saltier yet, lemony, mustardy, peppery, with a sweeter aftertaste. Comments: still love it, even if I have the impression that it became more modern, so more wood-driven than before. 87 points - whiskyfun.com

Winner: Best Campbeltown Single Malt - 2013 World Whiskies Awards