I was very curious for this whisky from the first moment I heard the line-up for this month’s İstanbul Whisky Friends tasting. I was really lucky to taste the Port Cask expression of Longrow Red.
After a maturation of 7 years in refill bourbon cask, the spirit is awoken and transported into Cabernet Sauvignon casks of Australia’s Angove Long Row wine. This whisky is the first expression of Longrow Red series.
Moreover, 48 hours of malt drying process using peat adds another brick on my curiosity wall which already was at a high altitude with the cask combination.
This Longrow expression meets my expectations just at the nosing. Peat is very strong with red fruit aromas that arise after aeration. Palate is under the domination of spices and tangy fruits where leather and earthy aromas are also existent. Plum distillate marks can be noticed after a while. A chewy palate and hard to get used to at first.
52.1% ABV makes it hard for the palate. This dram should be tasted by adding drops of water. After dilution, fruity character gets stronger.
If you are not used to erratic whiskies, this one may be strange at first. Every new glass makes it more and more pleasent. Great for cold winter days though hard to find.