Whisky Review – Longmorn – Distiller’s Choice vs. Longmorn 16 year old.
Time for a stand off. Will it be Epic or underwhelming? Here’s Longmorn – Distiller’s Choice vs. Batman…I mean 16 year old.
Longmorn – the Distiller’s Choice
£46.96 from Master of Malt
On first pour there is an immediate waft of fresh orchard fruits, lots of fresh apples and some bush berries. Fresh hay, and gentle ginger. Quite springy and fresh. With a little time in the glass things become more runny honey driven, quite light, sweet, syrupy. Some fruit salad sweeties and old sweet shop aromas. It’s gentle, easy, and nice enough to nose.
Sweet arrival, honey, apple juice, ginger beer, some light berry juices. Light on the mouthfeel, juicy, easy, honey sweet, white sugar cubes. The development just does more of the same sweetness, with a little fresh ginger twang coming in, then back to more sugar syrup sweetness.
Short length, a touch of apple juice as the sugar subsides. It’s very sweet.
I’m only adding a small drop due to the low ABV. Not a lot has changed on the nose, if anything it’s got a little younger and more driven by the spirit. The palate is a little fruitier, with the sugar toned down a notch, the finish comes back with that saccharine sweetness. Not worth adding water. It just kills things a little.
Longmorn – 16 Year Old
Non chill filtered
~£55.00 wherever you can find it.
On first sniff there is a rich thickness of stewed fruits and gingerbread. It is complex and immediately engaging. Extra age is obvious with some pencil notes, apricot, gently entwined spice, with the whole aroma feeling thick and tasty. With a little time in the glass the fruits get jammier, the honey thicker, boiled down and reduced. There are touches of antique furniture. This is a lovely honey rich, deep nosing experience.
Thick sweet arrival of honey, brown sugar and a touch of nuttiness. Mouthfeel is thick and coating. The development gives waves of ginger biscuits, apple chutney, fruit jams, and thick honey, with some toasted sugar caramelised topping from a Creme brûlée. And some Creme brûlée! A lovely desert palate. Rich and satisfying.
Medium length, the jammy fruits and nuts stick around for a good while, with a drying honey edge at the end. It’s moreish, very tasty.
A few drops added. The nose has got sweeter and juicier, with an enhancement of sherry notes, some syrup soaked raisin and a touch of Christmas spices. The palate reflects this also, sweeter, but still has depth, some oak shavings, spiced honey, spiced baked apple, and all round tasty! The finish is fruity, juicy, sweet and very tasty. This one benefits on the palate and finish with water, but kills the nose a little.
The DC is a very very sweet whisky. I mean they both are, but in the DC’s case it’s all sugar. Fortunately I have a sweet tooth, so I could sit there without a care in the world and drink it fine. But when it comes down to a comparison to its predecessor they are worlds apart. The DC at 40% feels light, easy and uncomplicated, and given the right scenario would work fine.
The 16 year old is glorious though. At only £10 more than the new DC, and stacked at 48% ABV it’s a great example how both age and alcohol level carries flavour, and the 16 year old is full of flavour. You can tell they are from the same camp, but the depths of experience and enjoyment found in the 16 year old just kills the DC. I should have probably tried them separately, but alas, I wanted to experience the change!
Grab yourself a Longmorn 16 if you can! I know I’m going to. I hope it returns to service soon!
Many thanks to Longmorn for the review sample of Longmorn Distiller’s Choice
Steve Prentice of Somersetwhisky.com for sharing his bottle of Longmorn 16 with me.