Longrow, the peated line of the Scottish distillery of Campbeltown, Springbank, regularly releases limited editions characterized by a final maturation stage in particular casks, often coming from the world of red wine. This 13 year old, ages for the last 15 months in Ex-Malbec barrels, a variety of red grapes used in France, Argentina, Chile and Italy, just to cite some examples.
TASTING NOTES LONGROW 13 RED
Nose: there is the peat, which is not excessive, and which recalls scents of barnyard. The spices are outlined, which vary after a few moments: you go from white pepper to black pepper, there are also hints of cola perceptible afterwards. A rather pronounced note of milk chocolate, together with unripe red fruits, complete the aromatic palette.
Palate: the mouth feel is sweet and spicy. There are unripe berries, then dried fruits (dates and figs), giving off a sugary sweetness that is not excessive. Then there are black pepper and cocoa. Lastly, notes of coffee powder are outlined. The intensity is evident, especially after a few moments.
Finale: long persistence and round. It reveals black pepper, coffee, cocoa and unripe red fruits. A smoked note is also perceptible.
Slightly “nervous” in some passages, by dedicating the right amount of attention to it, it is definitely a product to try.