My favorite Longrow to date! This one has some really nice sherry components along with the clasic Springbank falvors matched with that light peatiness that Longrow does. I think the light peat added to the Springbank clasic has been well integrated with the Sherry and bourbon vatting. The Sherry adds some of the missing fruitiness that I love in other malts.
The smoke and caramel is there along with a nice cinnamon background and the peaty palate but then add the raisins and the cherries and the darker/deeper woody notes and it makes for a nice combo malt. If this was aged for another say....10 years, I think it will make it into the A-/A category....until then it will reside as a B+.
This nose is very farm yardy. Lots of dry hay and grass. But theres a fair bit of peat smoke and lighter notes of pineapple. Its light and resfreshing on taste with fruits and sherry. It ends with a bit of mustiness that I didnt care for.
n: Green wet grass, smoke, and pickle juice/brine. Past that a little clover and cocoa powder.
t: Initial is smoked wet grass and white pepper spice. The sweetness and fruit comes out midway through and work well with the peat as it moves to a bit of salt and tangerine. A slightly sour and mineral aspect in the burnt paper finish.
A more peat-smoked Springbank and interesting in that it's not at all phenolic.