Adelphi are famed for releasing great single cask bottlings and it is with great delight that we have the opportunity to review some on our blog. The joy is even greater as we unfortunately managed to miss them at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in London a few weeks back. Today we’ll begin the reviews with a bottle that really caught my eye – a 20 year old Longmorn from 1992 bottled at 55.1%, and from cask 48432 if you’re interested.
I loved the colour of this whisky; it reminded me of the evening sunset we had just seen over Derwent Water (the Longmorn was my final holiday dram!).
On the nose I picked up initial notes of furniture polish and freshly finished varnish – not unpleasant, just quite strong to begin with. This faded into a waxy mix of marshmallows and cedar and unusually reminded me of an old and slightly dusty antique shop.
The palate was huge, and I mean huge. It was breathtakingly good with citrus, cloves, cumin mixed in with sweet fruity notes. There was more than a touch of heat before a subtle flow of chocolate was released.
I found this whisky to be incredibly moorish, the finish continued to offer up chocolate interspersed with heat ebbing and flowing as the whisky faded into a sweet end.
This is a fine example of a Longmorn; if you’re a fan of the distillery you won’t be disappointed, and even if you’re not, this dram will more than satisfy your curiosity. It is a lovely whisky and it may be time to give it a go and try something a little different.