Dram Review: Longmorn 20 Master of Malt Single Cask series

This was my christmas present from Mrs dramstats. Unsolicited (in fact I’d not even heard of this one when I opened it), and unexpected, I was again really pleased.

Before my birthday this year, I just have to make sure that mrs dramstats knows where my SMWS membership card is and how to use it!

I passed Longmorn distillery a few times whilst in Speyside this February. On the road between Rothes and Elgin, the distillery is not open to the public, but makes some excellent single malt whisky (most of which makes its way into Chivas’ Brothers range of blended whisky.

Here are the dramstats:

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  • ABV 55.5%
  • Age 20
  • Price (it was a present)

Nose: Vanilla, ovaltine, malty, nesquik chocolate. Cinnamon spice. The reduced nose has even more spice. Wood, pepper, strawberry whips with cocoa powder.

Palate: Sweet icing sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and honey. With water it’s very malty with milk chocolate.

Finish: Peppery with oak and cinnamon before a sweetness of malty vanilla and strawberry haribo.

Verdict: Excellent. I love whisky with this malty ovaltine note and this is great. Even better with water. From the picture, you’ll note that I’ve reviewed this one to death. Great stuff! I wonder what my next birthday present will be…

 

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Milroy’s of Soho twitter tasting

On the 12th December last year I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with a number of fellow whisky fans on twitter to taste 4 whiskies from Milroy’s of Soho. Thanks to Steve Rush from The Whisky Wire for organising the tasting.

The four drams to be tasted were:

  1. Milroy’s of Soho Blended Malt
  2. Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Longmorn 13 yrs
  3. Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Cooley 2001 bottling, 11 years.
  4. Milroy’s of Soho Single cask Zuidam Dutch Rye, 4yrs.

I was particularly interested in the Dutch Rye which is a 100% rye mashbill. Here is my setup for the tasting:

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Milroy’s of Soho Blended Malt

  • ABV 40%
  • Price £19.95

Nose: Slight Bruichladdich note (crumble and cream), buttery, dried apple then fresh pear, slightly coastal, creamy vanilla and madeira cake.

Palate: Creamy mouthfeel, touch of vanilla but spicy. A little young.

Finish: White pepper and a little dry oak.

Verdict: Where be the fruit? Nice nose but I wish there was some of the fruit from there on the palate. Good price for this one though.

Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Longmorn, 13 yrs

  • ABV 46%
  • Age 13 years
  • Refill Hogshead
  • Price £35

Nose: Biscuits, umbongo, floral, tomato puree. Takes ages to open up.

Palate: Creamy mouthfeel like the standard 16, vanilla and barley with watery fruit juice.

Finish: Lots of pepper and creamy vanilla as with the 16.

Verdict: This is a nice whisky and the price is good. However, there are a lot of great Longmorns available from lots and lots of different companies and I think there are nicer ones out there, though you will probably have to pay a little more.

Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Cooley 2001 bottling

  • Age 11 yrs
  • ABV 46%
  • Price: NA

Nose: Corn and rye. Big vanilla and banana milkshake. Bubble gum `cola’ bottles (the blue and pink ones).

Palate: There’s the rye! Vanilla, spice, like cinnamon-pepper. Slight liquorice note.

Finish: Liquorice, rye and hot oak.

Verdict: This is excellent. I wrote a note to myself to pick up a bottle after christmas and I’ve gone onto Milroy’s website and they don’t have any. This makes me sad!

Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Zuidam Dutch Rye

  • ABV 46%
  • Age 4 years
  • 100% Rye
  • Price £75

Nose: Like being beaten to death with a sack of rye, in a rye field. Rye, sawdust, tea, iron filings, workshops, varnish.

Palate: Rye, creamy vanilla, freshly sawn oak shavings, cough sweets (fishermans friends).

Finish: More rye in a workshop with fishermans friends.

Verdict: This is a big Wow whisky! I’ve never tasted anything like it and to even have the opportunity to experience 100% rye was a real privilege. It’s £75 so it is not cheap, but, as they say on the website, this is the first ever single cask single rye whisky. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more 100% rye from Zuidam.

Overall verdict: Some very interesting whiskies to taste here. The Cooley and the Rye were real highlights. It just goes to re-enforce something I’ve been pursuing all year. The fact that some of the best whiskies can be found at really good prices bottled not by the distilleries themselves, but by independent bottlers like Milroy’s of Soho.

 

Whisky Advent Calendar: Day 11

We’ve past the single figures and I’m on a run of older/pricer drams. This one was Longmorn 16. A dram some of my whisky friends have recommended to me a few times. Was definitely up for trying this one then!

Here are the dramstats:

longmorn16

  • Price £48
  • ABV 48%
  • Age 16 years

Nose: Floral, lovehearts, citrus, a nice orange note, dry vanilla, grassy and a touch of oak.

Palate:  Creamy vanilla, hint of cereal and lovehearts.

Finish: Very creamy lingering mouthfeel, drying and spicy oak lingering vanilla with fruity hints, particularly apple. Excellent finish pulls this one up.

Verdict: This is excellent and I will be getting a bottle of this. The nose and finish are complex enough that I feel I didn’t get to know it well enough after only 3cl. Nice drop for early in an evening.