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Longrow – Gaja Barolo


Longrow - Gaja Barolo Cask Taste Profile

Stats – 55.8% alcohol, 7 years old (5.5 years in Bourbon casks and 1.5 years in Gaja Barolo casks), Campbeltown
Price – $90
Color – Golden amber
Nose – Diesel peat and sweet malt
Palate – Longrow is the peated variety from the Campbeltown distillery that also produces Springbank and Hazelburn. Their experimental wine cask finishing continues in this case spending a year and a half resting in casks from Italian Piedmont Barolo winemaker Angelo Gaja. The Campbeltown character is present immediately with a dose of sea-spray brine lingering at the back palate and rich sooty peat smoke. The 5 and half years spent in Bourbon casks outshines the Barolo, more warm brown sugar and caramel sweetness that winy fruit here. Some spicy notes of pepper and crystallized ginger keep it from being too sweet and one-dimensional. This whisky brings a lot of charm and quality and a subtle hint of wine cask which makes it a great change of pace for Longrow fans.

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Alternatives:

  1. Port Charlotte – An Turas Mor (83%)
  2. Bunnahabhain 12 Year (81%)
  3. Port Charlotte – The Peat Project (81%)

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Longrow – Red Cabernet Sauvignon Cask


Longrow - Red Cabernet Sauvignon Cask Taste Profile

Stats – 52.1% alcohol, 11 years old (7 years in bourbon casks and 4 in cabernet sauvignon casks), Campbeltown
Price – $90
Color – Rich reddish amber
Nose – Gentle peat and rich fruits
Palate – Winner of the Best Campeltown Single Malt at the 2013 World Whisky Awards and from the same distillery that also produces Springbank [read our review of the Sprinbank 10 Year here] and Hazelburn.  The Longrow name is the masthead for their peated variety of whisky and this rare expression (only 9,000 bottles were made) has spent several years aging in a cab wine barrel.

Fans of peated Campbelton whisky won’t be disappointed here, lots of great tarry, ashy peat smoke with a familiar coastal brine character. This is no one-trick-pony though, the time sitting in a wine cask shines with lots of fruit taste. Rich and buttery to back up the blackberries, pepper, and peat smoke present in this one. The finish falls off a bit too quickly but is nice and dry like a big bodied and heavily oaked red wine. Complex and challenging it walks a fine line between two styles, this is a perfect choice for those familiar with peated whisky but still want big fruit notes along with it. You can find this one on Caskers just make sure you pick “Cabernet Cask” in the drop down.

Alternatives:

  1. Eades Anticipation Double Malt – Islay Series 1 (81%)
  2. High West American Prairie Reserve (79%)
  3. Mortlach 17 Year – AD Rattray (76%)

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