longrow 2004 15 years old campbeltown malts festival 2019

Longrow 2004 15 Years Old (Open Day 2019)

Honestly, Springbank has the perfect level of peat for me, much like Benromach chooses a subtle peat influence, and you could even add Bowmore to that list (especially compared to most of its Islay neighbours). So Longrow, the heavily peated/double distilled brand produced by Springbank, is not something I often pick out for myself.

However, lines seem to sometimes blur at Springbank. Hazelburn, their unpeated/triple distilled brand, often has some remnants of peat smoke in there, while I’ve also heard of Longrow releases that are more along the lines of Springbank. So I guess it’s worth taking a punt every now and again.

Maybe a little more often than I’ve done so far, as this is only the second ever Longrow reviewed on Words of Whisky. It’s a good one though, bottled for the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019: a Longrow 2004 15 Years Old that has fully matured in ex-rum casks.

Now I don’t know the type of rum, and I’m not enough of a rum connaisseur to take a guess, but it would be interesting to know these kinds of things. Maybe follow Glen Moray’s lead, as they recently released a new rum-finished whisky that did provide that type of information.

Longrow 2004 15 Years Old (52.4%, OB, 911 bts.)

Nose: Interesting rum influence here, quite pronounced and even somewhat funky, but with sweet tropical fruits as well, followed by pickled lemon peel, brown sugar and a touch of star anise. Hints of sour beer too, and hops. Very different.
Taste: Creamy mouthfeel with a more pronounced Longrow influence than the nose displayed. Peated barley, honey, a pinch of salt and a whiff of wet pebbles. A hint of charcoal, as well as a touch of lemon.
Finish: Lingering. More of the above.

Score: 88

The nose is fun an playful because of the full rum cask maturation, but the palate is more straightforward Longrow, which is a winning combination.

Photo: Whiskybase

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