Longmorn 16 years old /48%/ – C
urrently owned by Chivas Bros, subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, produces 4.5 million liters of spirit per annum but until recently the owners did literarily nothing to promote the Longmorn brand. Reason – Longmorn is an integral part of several of the company blends, especially Chivas Regal 18 years old and Chivas Royal Salute. In the early 2017 Chivas replaced the 16 years old expression introduced in 2007 (aged exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels) with a ‘reinterpreted’ new 16 years old created using a higher proportion of first fill ex-bourbon casks, along with ex-sherry casks and European oak casks. The whisky is bottled unchill-filtered at 48% abv. Longmorn the Distiller’s Choice, 16 and 23 years old form the first permanent range from the distillery.
Nose: lots of honey and orchard fruits, apples, pears, plums, orange peel, milk chocolate, dash of cinnamon, hints of garden herbs and bees wax.
Palate: smooth and creamy, vanilla, honey, toffee, apple pie dusted with cinnamon, allspice, peaches, lemon curd and well integrated oak tannins.
Finish: long, fruity and spicy, with notes of honey, cinnamon and ripe orchard fruit.