On a visit last week to the fantastic Oran Mor whisky club I was reacquainted to an old friend who has changed their appearance. The first whisky on show was a familiar dram to me Longrow Peated. When I worked in Campbeltown a popular dram was the Longrow CV, this is essentially has replaced the CV and the qualities of the CV are still abundant with this bottling.
Longrow is of course a Campbeltown Malt which is produced by J&A Mitchell Co. Ltd or better known as Springbank. The name Longrow comes from the old Longrow Distillery which used to be adjacent to the Springbank Distillery. The main street where Springbank is off is also called Longrow. Longrow is double distilled heavily peated single malt. The first distillation in 1973 was actually carried out as an experiment to show that it was possible to create an Islay style malt on the mainland. Regular distillation has taken place since 1992 and long may it continue.
A hearty maritime nose, salt sea and smoke its as simple as that.
Lighter than expected, fresh, light hints of apples and grass then into a wonderful full hitting peat and smoke.
A dry long finish, all element of the sea with a smokeiness that embers on.
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