Longmorn 1990 24 year old Single Malts of Scotland
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£94.95 from The Whisky Exchange
First breath and we have some toffee covered in dusting chocolate. Quite a backing of thick fruit jams. Berry laden and rich. Vanilla frosting. Immediately approachable and hunger inducing. Something slightly menthol in the very distance, possibly even spearmint. A little time in the glass and there is more honey and a touch of oak. This is a very understated and relaxing nose, which you can spend a long time teasing out the complexities. Just pulling away and coming back and there is more overripe fruit now, bananas, mushed up, with a touch of melon and peach.
A gentle and sweet, fruit filled arrival, peach, orange, melon, touch of pineapple, all very juicy and fresh. Honey follows, some chocolate and a touch of salted caramel. The mouthfeel is nicely coating and gives a great warmth across the palate. The strength is surprisingly drinkable before water is added. The development continues sweet and honey rich, with a touch of bitter orange peel/pith.
Honey rich, slightly bitter orange and vanilla fade out during this long finish, with a touch of dryness at the end. Remnants of a dark chocolate can be sensed on the palate a long time after the whisky has faded.
A few drops added and several minutes to sit. The nose has a touch more floral, still sweet with sticky sugary delights. The palate is richer and has a greater range to the flavours, much of the same as the undiluted, but levelled up. The finish is richer with honey and the bitter notes now gone, it’s very beautiful, delicious and gentile all the way through.
This is a delightful, flavourful, understated, relaxed whisky. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It’s very much a chill out dram, suitable for anytime in the year and every time you need to just chill the hell out with a sweet fruity gentle, caring dram.
Many thanks to Speciality Drinks for the review sample