A Quick Dram: Longmorn-Glenlivet 12yo


You may remember I managed to stumble upon a cracking old Balblair when trying to find money for a bus fare down the back of my sofa a few weeks ago. I forgot to mention I also happened to uncover this little gem – a 12yo Longmorn bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. I went back to my old friend Mr. Google and after much searching it appears as though this whisky (it says ‘Pure Malt’ on the bottle) was distilled sometime in the 1970s and bottled sometime in the 1980s. Again, it’s not something you’d be able to walk into a bar and buy – sadly the Vintner’s Rooms is now a thing of the past – but hopefully my notes will give you a flavour of the Longmorn style. The current 12yo is an exemplary Speyside malt, and the 16yo is a cracker too.


Longmorn-Glenlivet 12yo (distilled ca. 1970s, bottled ca. 1980s)
Speyside Single Malt
70 Proof (40% ABV)

Nose: Orange zest, very fresh and grapey. Then honey and caramel but balanced with a salty pretzel note. Raisins and sweet oak give good complexity.

Palate: The oak is initially very pronounced, then the sherry sweetness comes through. Layers of fruit cake and a citrus zing are calmed by vague peat smoke.

Finish: Long and oaky with the hint of smoke becoming more apparent. I am left with a salty streak. Tingly.

Overall: A superb little dram which is remarkably complex despite its young(ish) age. Shame I only found a miniature of it!

The Tiger

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