Head To Head – Two Longmorns – 35 Years Apart

by Oliver Klimek on February 15, 2012

At the Munich Finest Spirits Festival 2012 I had the chance to get two interesting Longmorn samples at the stand of slowdrink.de. One 12 and on 14 year old, but from two entirely different ages. Let’s see how they compare:

1 – Longmorn 1999/2001 Chieftain’s Choice – ‘Anthony’s Wee Dram’

Cask 90341 – German oak finish – 43.2%

My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Raisins, honey, almond toffee, orange zest, cigar box, hints of polished wood and nutmeg.
Palate: Sesame crackers, raisins, orange zest, nutmeg and pepper, rather tannic overall.
Finish: Long, dry and slightly fruity.
Overall:  Rather fine and subtle flavours here, the sesame notes are really nice, but the wood finish was a little overdone.

Rating: 83/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

2 – Longmorn 1964/1978 Cadenhead’s

Dumpy bottle – 80° (45.7%)

My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bright copper
Nose: Very intense, sherry soaked dried fruits, soya sauce, pickled walnuts, cinnamon, just hints of wood.
Palate: Prunes, dried apricots, Earl Grey tea, a faint notion of oxtail soup, nutmeg.
Finish: Very long, fruity and slightly dry.
Overall:  This is the savoury kind of sherry monster, tickling your umami sense. Almost a Great One, but the richness on the nose does not fully translate onto the palate.

Rating: 88/100 – No price information as this is a collector’s bottle

Nosing the 1999 after the 1964 sherry monster, the youngster almost smells a little weak and dusty. It has a hard time competing against the old timer but in regard of uniqueness, the Chieftain’s bottling certainly is the winner.

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