If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you might’ve noticed that I recently went on a impromptu trip to Inverness and Speyside. Just a couple of days away from everyday life. And what better place to do so than Scotland. The first night away me and my girlfriend stayed in the Highlander Inn, renowned amongst whisky lovers for their whisky bar. They might not have the widest selection of whiskies, although 400 is more than respectable, but they do have a very special collection. See for yourself.
Naturally I took advantage of the opportunity, and had myself a pretty nice tasting of some very special drams. Two lovely Islay whiskies (here’s one), one of them heavily sherried and hand-filled at the distillery, a Northern Highland whisky from a Japanese bottler and a 46 year old Speysider from Gordon & MacPhail. I’ll post the notes on those whiskies in the coming weeks, but first I want to share my thoughts on a 26y0 Longmorn-Glenlivet. Here we go!
Nose: Very sweet and fresh with notes of honey, grass, barley and cotton candy. It’s a bit soapy but not in a bad way! After a while a lot of orange start shining through. Taste: Perfectly balanced! The orange aroma translates into plenty of orange flavours, also some coconut and a bit of honey and pepper. Finish: Not as long as I hoped for, because the nose and taste of this Longmorn is fantastic. There’s some vanilla in the finish, together with barley. But it dies down too quick.
A very interesting and very mature whisky. If it wasn’t for the slightly disappointing finish, this would’ve approached the nineties.