Longrow RED Refill Malbec Matured 10 Year Single Malt Scotch
First distilled in 1973, Longrow is the heavily peated, twice-distilled single malt from Springbank distillery, one of three produced there. The barley malt is air dried with peat smoke for 48 hours, as opposed to Springbank's traditional 6 hours of peat exposure. Less than 150 barrels of Longrow are filled each year. The annual releases in the Longrow RED series show the malt aged in various wine casks, from classic red wine varieties to more familiar Scotch aging vessels like Port and Sherry.
This release, bottled in December of 2020, was aged 7 years in ex-Bourbon casks before being transferred to refill Malbec casks from South Africa's De Toren Cellars, aging a further 3 years. On the nose, rich and bright fruit jams greet you, especially strawberry and rhubarb, followed quickly by earthy smoke, dirty Springbank farmy aromas, vanilla, cocoa, spice, and a hint of leather. On the palate there is fantastic balance of industrial peatiness and fresh red fruit. A bit of soot and earth, ginger, and citrus oils are met with more rhubarb, raspberry, and those strawberry chewy candies. The finish lingers with more smoke than the palate, coffee, and iodine. Bottled at 52.5% abv