Gordon & MacPhail kindly send over samples of their new Speyside Collection whiskies a couple of weeks ago to have a closer at. Among these was a Longmorn expression that is distilled on the 31st of October 1967 and left to mature in first fill Sherry butt #4645 before it was bottled at an age of 47 on the 21st of September 2015 at 43%. The nose on this whisky carries citrus fresh notes between thick creamy chocolate and mocha cake filled with sultanas, dried apricots, dried figs and warm spices. Candied oranges, tangerines and pomelo. Cheesecake, ginger cake and soft baking spices.
What a warming, creamy and sweet array of flavours on the palate! Just like what the nose showed me before making it a balanced dram that is not overpowering on the Sherry sweetness you often see but combining great fruit, pastry and some floral notes with a hint of leather and spices. Red apple, fudge, banana, figs, lemon curd, raspberries, ginger, chocolate, mocha, sultana, vanilla, Turkish delight, marshmallows, elder flower blossom, gooseberry, baking spices, breakfast cereal, oranges and grapefruit. A good length finish that releases some notes that remind me of sitting with a cup of hot cocoa in front of a fire and enjoying some good chocolate truffels. Thanks for sharing Gordon & MacPhail!