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Longrow Peated single malt review

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WhiskyRant! review of Longrow Peated single malt

This is the Longrow CV by Springbank distillery, renamed and in a new package. I have to admit, I had kind of an elitist approach for this one. Expecting absolutely nothing from it. Just because it was one of my first heavily peated (50-55 ppm level) whiskies outside Islay. I’m glad, Longrow Peated proved me wrong.

Nice combination of light palate with light smoke at the start, which turns into strong and lasting smoke. Nose being exceptionally intriguing. Master of Malt said it well:

“like a Harbourmaster’s Jacket.”

ASHES TO ASHES with memories of gold lettering

Longrow CV was made from whiskies aged between 6 and 14 years. Matured in sherry, port, bourbon and rum casks. So I’m guessing that the Longrow Peated is made with the same touch. It has something “New Romantic” in it. Like going back in time and tasting a dram from the past.

I know it sounds crazy because of the fact, I haven’t tasted whisky from the past. But still, this is like the TV series Ashes to Ashes – literally!

Matured in:
Mix of Ex-Sherry, Ex-Port, Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Rum casks
Colour: Sunlight
Nose: Sweet, yet with leather and hints of salt and smoke, which eventually turns into strong ashes.
Taste: Light but tough. Fruity light from the start with green grapes being the main show. Then suddenly gives a great deal of smoke without being harsh. Sophisticated and powerful.
Finish: Salt and smoke last quite a while. No lightness involved in the finish.
Balance: Very versatile smoky dram. A whisky that is good for almost anyone, for hardcore peat monster lovers and for people fond of whisky with character.


Distillery: Springbank Brand: Longrow Region: Campbeltown Non-chill filtered, no added colour


ABV: 46%
Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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