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 other 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 comes under the Pernod Riccard ( Chivas Brothers ) who bought the distillery back in 2001..
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
16 Year Old Longmorn – 7-243
Age.. 16 years
Outturn.. 396 Bottles
Casks.. 2x2nd fill bourbon casks finished in one PX butt
Nose.. This is deliciously light and fragrant, Ginger biscuits dipped in coffee, cream soda and a little hint of candied oranges.. Chocolate mousse infused with vanilla, orange delight the senses along with black forest gateau..
Palate.. The ginger feels a little more pronounced here with a nice prickle, orange peels give some bitterness whilst a soft sticky pudding note with vanilla custard brings in some sweetness..
Finish.. Wood tannins and soft fruits linger..
Thoughts.. Longmorn has been a favourite for me with most of what i have tasted being light and easy drinking but this has that added extra with the PX finish.. Its not exactly a sherry bomb but it has added that extra dimension and the initial heat from the ginger really gives this that nice little kick that just opens your eyes..
Very easy drinking whisky with a twist of attitude..
Sample taken from the SMWS ” The Gathering” Pack..