It was around £38-£40 for a 70cl bottle at 40%. This struck me as quite a lot for a 10 year old.
Is "Longrow" worth the money ? If so, why ?
So when the distillery then changes its production configuration & malt bill for just one month of the year to produce a different whisky (i.e. Longrow), you can imagine that this is a particularly rare & exclusive dram. Now good quality peated whiskies are in huge demand - there's only so much Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, & Bowmore to go around. So - once again - when a great tasting peaty alternative turns up in small quantity for a short period each year, the bottler can charge a higher price, knowing that the market will bear it.
So - after all that - is it worth it? IMHO: Yes!
If Longrow tasted unpleasant, or bland, or just plain ordinary, then it wouldn't hold any appeal in the market place, and people certainly wouldn't pay the higher price for it.
Have you tried the Ardbeg Uigedal yet?
Whilst the sherry isn't blatantly obvious, there's enough of it in the vatting to add a sweetness which, when combined with the enormous peatiness of the Ardbeg, creates a tantalising dram.
This is also why I enjoy the regular Lagavulin 16yo, and particularly the Lagavulin Distillers Editions, since the "sherried smokey" drams are so tasty and complex.
Haven't tried the Longrow Sherry cask yet, but your post has encouraged me to put it on the shopping list!
With this one, there are clearly some very heavy elements waiting to dissolve in the water.
If you can get a cask strength Longrow, and it will probably be from Cadenhead's, then get it and let us know what you think of it.
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