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Longmorn 21 yo (1992/2013, Laida Weg, 59%)

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Some time ago we tasted a moving Macduff for Laida Weg, an hotel in Val Sesia that some years ago aspired to become a reference point for whisky and luxury in Northern Italy. Things did not turn out as expected by the investors, unfortunately (the project was really interesting), and the hotel has now closed its doors – at least the whiskies they bottled remain, however, and today we see if the miracle is repeated with a Longmorn of 1992, bottled in 2013 at cask strength. Longmorn is a distillery that had a cult status, even if lately its quotations are a bit down… We expect a lot of fruit though.

longmorn-laida-weg

N: very soft, aromatic, structured on a fruity, lively and floral ballet. In spite of the gradation, it is never repelling. The first thing we would say is “whole-wheat brioche with honey”, since it has very buttery and cerealish notes, and at the same time it’s very honey-like. Tart, pastry, lots of butter. Pine nuts, which open the door to the dried fruit. Apricot, or better: apricot jam, maybe a little bit congealed. The water opens a little bit, it opens and becomes fresher and more fruity – yellow apple first of all.

P: compared to the nose, here the fruit makes its way, finally: we have mostly yellow fruit, fresh, we would say apple, apricot and lots of melon. For the rest, we are in the same category as the nose: so fruit pastries and brioche. A slight citrus vein, not of lemon perhaps, but not of orange either: clementines? With water, you get a lot more cream, with a lot of vanilla.

F: quite persistent and clean, all on cream, butter, yellow fruit and a thread of wood.

We do not reach the peaks of Macduff, unfortunately, but we remain on a plateau very pleasant to cross anyway. Good, a little closed in the first phase – in general, we feel we recommend a few drops of water to make sure that the fruity component is fully released, as always enjoyable. Ah, a small personal battle: if a whisky is full-flavored but not convincing, it’s not a crime to add water, you don’t have to feel dirty to do so… On the contrary, the sense is precisely to offer the consumer whisky in purity, so that everyone can appreciate it as they see fit, it is not necessarily the alcohol content that best enhances the whisky. 87/100.

Recommended soundtrack: Heart Surgeon No.1 – Steady Hand.

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