Bought: Whisky Auction, 24th October 2014
I’ve been wanting a bottle of the classic Longmorn 15yo since I started my whisky collection in July 2013. Unfortunately it had been discontinued and replaced with a 16yo. Word on the whisky walkway revealed that the 16yo was no patch on the delicious 15yo, which Jim Murray describes in his Whisky Bible as “an all-time Speyside great!”
It’s still possible to get the Longmorn 15yo 70cl at auction for £60-£70 but I was happy to get a miniature for £3 to give me a taste of this former champion. The Whisky Bible’s score of 93/100 classifies this malt as “Brilliant” with the new 16yo scoring 84.5/100, which is “good whisky worth trying”. The Whiskybase score of 85.58 is very high, especially from 122 votes but the 16yo isn’t far behind with 83.73/100 from 156 votes. Not that it’s fair to compare the two since they’re completely different whiskies. The Longmorn 16yo has fans but at nearly £50 per bottle, you’d want to know it was similar or better than what it replaced. Apparently new releases of the 16yo are improving but, if you get a bottle of the old 15, savour and enjoy!