Origin: Speyside (Scozia)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Chorlton Whisky
Average price: € 190.00
Official website: chorltonwhisky.co.uk
While David Bennett continues to churn out excellent bottlings, we continue to explore those of a couple of years ago with this June 2002 Longmorn finished in 203 bottles in 2021 from a single barrel ex-bourbon, obviously cask strength, with a label showing growers happy to see their barley being used to create excellent whisky.
A fresh and fruity nose, with mineral veins intruding peach, apricot, lychee, pineapple and pear, a fruit salad poured into a potpourri of flowers with spicy tips (nutmeg, aniseed). Drops of honey and vanilla. A mentholated and at times balsamic profile also appears, with citrusy grapefruit traits contributing to the crispness of the aromas. Tantalizing.
The palate has the same liveliness as on the nose, almost like sparkling fruit jellies, with a good dose of ginger and very pronounced vegetal notes. Almonds, custard, aniseed and a slight citrus vein come together in an oily but light texture, with a rather pleasant milk chocolate undertone.
The finish is not very long, where vegetable notes dominate with some spicy brush strokes, honey, white fruit and citrus touches.
What you would call a well-balanced and refreshing summer whisky, that knows how to find the point of contact between sweet and mineral/vegetal notes with an (apparent) simplicity that conquers without overwhelming.
A good whisky. Period.