Longmorn Adds 16-, 23-Year-Old Scotch Whiskies To Chivas Brothers Mix - The Whiskey Wash

Longmorn Adds 16-, 23-Year-Old Scotch Whiskies To Chivas Brothers Mix

By Nino Marchetti / November 9, 2016

Scotland’s Longmorn distillery, founded in 1894 by one John Duff, has long been nestled in the Speyside region. It has not that often seen single malt variants released from it, with current owners Chivas Brothers/Pernod Ricard making use of a good deal of the whisky in blended offerings. Single malt continues to be be all the rage though, so now new to market to meet this demand are “a definitive new reinterpretation of the iconic Longmorn 16 Year Old” and a new Longmorn 23-Year-Old.

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Here’s what Chivas Brothers had to say with regards to these two new expressions:

The new Longmorn 23 Year Old is the culmination of more than two decades of maturation in the finest traditional oak casks, chosen to complement the soft, creamy and rich flavour profile of the Longmorn spirit. Longmorn 23 Year Old is the peak interpretation of the distillery’s inimitable character and is bottled without chill-filtration, offering flavour notes of ripe pear and soft red apples that give way to a long, smooth finish. The expression is available at the RRP of $1,450.

The definitive Longmorn 16 Year Old is now the ultimate version of what made the classic expression so revered; crafted using a higher proportion of rare first-fill American oak casks, the new Longmorn 16 Year Old offers a more luxurious mouth-feel, drinking experience and increased smooth, vanilla flavour notes. Rested in a combination of ex-sherry, American and traditional oak casks and still bottled without chill-filtration, Longmorn 16 Year Old has an enriched flavour profile of ripe orchard fruits, sweet vanilla and smooth milk chocolate and is available at the RRP of $252.

Now, if you take note of those prices, you’ll see they are not particularly inexpensive bottlings, especially the older one. For the latter this may have at least partially to do with the fact the glass bottle “is presented in a lacquered wooden gift box, underpinning the indulgence of the portfolio.”

Official tasting notes for each Longmorn are below for your consideration.

Longmorn 16 Year Old tasting notes (48% ABV)
Nose: Stewed orchard fruits, layered with indulgent notes of sweet vanilla crème brûlée
Taste: The palate is rewarded with the rich flavours of ripe fruity pears and luxuriously smooth, creamy milk chocolate
Finish: Full-flavoured and exquisitely drawn out

Longmorn 23 Year Old tasting notes (48% ABV)
Nose: Soft vanilla fudge and creamy caramel, dipped in milk chocolate and honey
Taste: The taste leads with ripe pears and sweet red apples interlaced with tantalizingly spiced ginger cake
Finish: An exceptionally long and velvety smooth finish. A fitting reward for the patience and perfection that its founder put into its creation