1996 Longmorn 20 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky (750ml) SKU #1293763


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Tasting Notes

Longmorn is one of the stalwarts of the Scottish Highlands, a distillery that produces one of the most consistent and classically-flavored single malts in the business. Within the industry itself, it's a whisky heralded for its value and its ability to play well with others in a blend. There is only one widely-available officially branded version of Longmorn, which is why we often jump at the chance to snag a mature single cask when available. Known for its rich and creamy texture, flavors of honey and sweet malt, and a buttery, biscuity finish, few single malts showcase such an inherent consistency from barrel to barrel and batch to batch. This particular 20 year old single cask we selected in Scotland last year is a straight-down-the-middle expression of everything we love about Longmorn. The first sip offers sweet malted vanilla, supple oak flavors, and a butterscotch richness that coalesces into two decades worth of smooth, integrated, creamy single malt maturity. At 100 proof, the higher ABV lifts all that viscosity and adds a bit of spice on the back end that helps to balance some of the sweeter notes. This is a classic Highland whisky in the style of Glenmorangie 18, but with the grace and elegance of an Oban 18. The bigger difference here, however, is the fact that the Longmorn is two years older, higher in proof, 30% cheaper, and more intriguing than either of those two whiskies on the whole. You can thank our continued Brexit pricing for the deal!

Staff Reviews

  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Longmorn is such a dependable whisky that I would probably buy a cask untasted and unseen if pressed. Luckily, I don't have to, but it's rare that I taste an example that disappoints. This 20 year old is a carbon copy of some of the Signatory 20 year casks we did a few years back, but the Brexit pricing of the Pound nets us a serious discount here. This is honeyed, butterscotch-laden, creamy Highland malt at 100 proof that drinks beautifully both neat and on the rocks. As long as I can keep getting barrels like this for sub-$100 a bottle, expect the good times to continue rolling. This is a hot deal.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    This bottle is just straight up yum, I pretty much liked everything about it. The nose was an almost perfect sherry nose for me, starting with a slightly oxidized floral note that quickly developed into a rich creamy almond. Although the taste was definitely rich this was not an overly decadent whisky, rather it has plenty of caramel, and butterscotch with vanilla and almonds while maintaining an elegance and length. Soft and creamy with a little water added this has low heat and is oh so very tasty.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    I tasted this offering with and without water. With water the flavors are more subtle and nuanced, and without water fuller and more pronounced, as one would expect. Usually I enjoy cask-strength malts with water because it softens and opens them up. This bottle is an exception to the rule. There is a nose of sweet caramel, malt and a hint of vanilla. In the mouth is round with a malt and caramel flavors and a hint of spice.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Sweet bourbon vanilla, a little salted caramel, a touch of brine like a fino sherry. This 20 year old is mellow and easy. It has a great creamy palate and a lovely bready note. It's a bit like an older Oban, but without any trace of peat. This is a drinker's whiskey. Pour it at the end of your workday when you don't need to impress anyone but your own taste buds and marvel at the quality that can be had for a mere 80 bucks. As always, drink it however you like it, but I think the 100 proof mark is just perfect for something neat.


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