Friday 20 April 2018

Longrow Red Cab Franc & Tasting Room Sample Reviews

Hi everyone,
Springbank’s sibling Longrow could also be described as the younger brother. It’s brasher, bolder younger brother. Being only double distilled, and also more heavily peated, I find it doesn’t normally have the complexity of Springbank. Although, having just said that, I’ve heard great things about the stuff distilled in the 70’s.
These have not been distilled in the 70’s. The first is the new(ish) Longrow Red and then I’ve got a special(ish) one I tried at the recent Whisky in Leiden festival.

Longrow Red 11 Cabernet Franc 55.8%
Colour: Redish
Body: Full
Nose: Fruity chewy sweets, orange in particular and red berries, orange chewing gum. Odd nose.
Taste: Intense, big whisky. Red berries, dirty smoke, perfumed oak, ginger and white pepper.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Soft, ginger beer, orange, late smoke.
Not a massive fan of this series, I find them out of balance and a bit all over the place.
Longrow Tasting Room Sample 57.9%
Colour: Straw
Body: Full
Nose: Very nice nose of creamy smoke, ashes, something meaty, vanilla pod, slightly dirty peat.
Taste: Clean, smoky, lemon and green apple, coming in showing the youth, earthy then ashy. Green peppercorns getting more and more bitter.
Finish: Medium length. Quite bitter and astringent here, green peppercorns.
Bottled 06? A bottling for the Cadenhead's Tasting Room. Very nice nose, a bit harsh to taste.

Distillery: Springbank
Average Score: 78.6
Distillery Ranking: 15th/ 61 places
Up/Down: 14>15 (Down 1)

Thanks for reading!

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