This is a whisky from the independent bottler Murray McDavid and it is part of their “turquoise series”. I had a chance to try it on our way to Teerenpeli distillery tour in Lahti, Finland. It is Longmorn 12 year old single malt from 1994 and it has been matured in a bourbon but. Finished on a old Tempranillo barrel used for Rioja wine and then bottled by Murray McDavid, which by the way, seems to be a company making intriguing finishes. Their Bowmore 9YO Port finish is another great example.
I must add, I really didn’t have any expectations for this dram but boy was I positively upset after the first sip.
Weird! That was the first word that came to my head with this wine finished Longmorn. Definitely weird in a good way. Nicely in balance and unique palate. Like reading a Hunter S. Thompson book: even though bouncing incoherently, still very exciting and I just can’t stop reading. And I know, bouncing and in balance aren’t the terms, you’d expect in the same review.
I cannot explain it quite good enough, but somehow the weird taste profile and aromas didn’t feel like they belong together, yet they felt like in a perfect balance in the other hand. Like a guitar virtuoso at some point, playing a different song than the other band but you just don’t care ’cause it sounds good. I had found adventurous whisky which was good.
As being adventurous and weird but good, I have to make a reference to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – while on a road trip myself, this was my chance as a whisky drinker to go tripping. Eccentric and great whisky!