Founded In 1893 by John Duff, Charles Shirres and George Thompson the distillery began producing spirit in December of 1894..
John Duff buys out the partners in 1897 before building a sister distillery next door (BenRiach) but soon after faces bankruptcy due to the Pattisons crash..
James R Grant takes control.
1970 the Longmorn distillery joins with the Glenlivet and Glen Grant distilleries and Hill Thomson and Co Ltd..
Today the distillery is owned by Chivas Brothers ( Pernod Ricard) and has the capacity to produce 4.5 million litres of alcohol from the 8 stills, 10 stainless steel washbacks, a 8.5 ton Briggs full Lauter mash tun..
Batch 3 – 10 year old Longmorn
Its interesting to know that right next door to the Longmorn distillery is the Benriach distillery which at times has played an important part in the history of Longmorn, Benriach’s floor maltings have been used in the production process as well as the use of warehouse space during the distilleries silent period.
Longmorn is once again one of those distilleries that don’t offer up too many official bottlings with the 16 year old being the flagship bottling, luckily though those indies do seem to love the distillery with a few turning up on the market every now and again..
Age.. 10 years
Cask.. Ex Bourbon
Outturn.. 1793 bottles
Bottler.. That Boutiquey Whisky Company
Nose.. Floral notes interact with fresh fruits like red apples, pear, pineapple and freshly squeezed oranges.. Damp grass, freshly baked bread and a little heather honey note slowly meanders in.
Palate.. Stewed fruits blend into honey, citrus zest, ginger and a subtle touch of pepper before some chocolate and digestive biscuit notes start to slowly make their way into the equation.
Finish.. Fresh oak and a little ginger heat..
Thoughts.. This is fresh,fruity and has a little attitude in all the right places.. Some drams just hit the spot and this is one of them ! As I poured it I was thinking this is going to be one of those drams that will get lost in the cold winter months but its having none of that stereotyping, its got a little rugged side and I like that, it brings some attitude and a nice warming feeling while still retaining some subtle, soft notes that will suit the warmer months too…