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LONGMORN  
30 years old
43 %           
Last bottle and empty
VINTAGE 1964
Distilled 17.1.64
Bottled 10.94
Cask No. 324
150 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

LONGMORN - GLENLIVET        
11 years old
60.7 %              
CADENHEAD'S
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
Sherrywood Matured
Cask Strenght
Distilled June 1984
Bottled December 1995
Not diluted
No additives
No filtration . No colouring
Wm. Cadenhead, 32 Unionstreet,
Campbeltown

LONGMORN - GLENLIVET        
11 years old
60.1 %             
Last Bottle and empty
CADENHEAD'S
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
Sherrywood Matured
Cask Strenght
Distilled 1984
Bottled 1996
Not diluted
No additives
No filtration . No colouring
Wm. Cadenhead, 32 Unionstreet,
Campbeltown

LONGMORN  
8 years old
43 %             
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 14/4/89
Cask No. 6052
Bottled 30/6/97
Van Wees, Amersfoort

LONGMORN  
13 years old
43 %             
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 23.12.81
Cask No. 5006
Bottled 1.95
294 bottles
Van Wees, Amersfoort

LONGMORN
15 years old
45 %  
INFO        
Heritage Selection
LAST  BOTTLE  & EMPTY
Bottled: 1994
Longmorn Distillery, Elgin

LONGMORN  
17 years old
59,1 %                   
Distilled: 1976
Bottled: 1994
Society Cask code 7.13
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

LONGMORN  
geen leeftijd vermelding
40 %       
Vintage Highland Malt
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

LONGMORN
29 years old
45 %     
INFO        
Distilled: 1972
Bottled: 2001
Matured in Sherry Oak Hogsead
Cask number 1097
272 Bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Blackadder International, Edinburgh

LONGMORN   
15 years old
43 %   
INFO             
Heritage Selection
(old Bottle)
Longmorn Distillery, Elgin

LONGMORN   
35 years old
51,7 %     
INFO    
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Distilled: 1968
Bottled: 2004
Society Cask code 7.25
Outturn 421 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburg
"Ginger chocolate and prunes"

LONGMORN    
36 years old
52.1 %    
INFO
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date Distilled: Dec ´68
Date Bottled: May ´05
Outturn 467 Bottles
Society Cask Code 7.28
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinbur;
'Candyfloss and fireworks'

LONGMORN  
38 years old
49,8 %     
INFO      
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Distilled Feb 68
Bottled Feb 06
Society Cask code 7.35
Outturn 393 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Dense dark fruits'

LONGMORN     
38 years old
53,6 %
INFO                              
SINGLE  CASK  
SCOTCH  MALT  WHISKY
Date Distilled Feb 68
Cask Type Sherry Butt
Date Bottled Jan 07
Society Cask No. 7.37
Outturn  467 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Irresistible'

LONGMORN   
1992    
15 years old
46 %
Single Speyside Malt
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY  SELECTION
Distilled: 20/04/92
Matured in a hogshead
Cask no. 53807
Bottled: 11/09/07
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltering
The Ultimate Whisky Company,
NL

LONGMORN  
Aged 16 years
48 %                                             
Speyside
An initial big malt flavour that commands
a pause revealing a silky richnaturally sweet
and quietly complex character
Non - Chill Filtered Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Longmorn Distilleries limited,
Longmorn Distillery, Elgin, Morayshire

LONGMORN      
Aged 40 years  
53,5 %  
INFO                            
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Distilled March 1968
Cask: 1st Fill Sherry Butt
1 of only 381 Bottles
Society Single Cask No. 7.48
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults,
Leith, Edinburgh
"Cold nights and warm fires"

LONGMORN   
Aged 16 years
48 %  
INFO                                    
Non - Chill Filtered
The Longmorn Distilleries Limited
Longmorn Distillery, Elgin, Morayshire

LONGMORN
Aged  30  years  
43 %    
SINGLE  SPEYSIDE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distillers: The Longmorn - Glenlivet  
Distilleries Ltd, longmorn                                        
Matured & Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin                                                                                                       

LONGMORN INFO
1 9 6 4
46  years old  
47.7 %                
GORDON  &  MACPHAIL
RESERVE
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
EXCLUSIVELY  BOTTLED  BY
VAN  WEES
Speyside
Distillation date:  24/12/1964
Cask type: 1st Fill Sherry Butts
Cask No. 5614
Bottling month: June 2011
378 Numbered Bottles
Unchillfiltered
Natural colour
Specially Selected, Produced and Bottled
by Gordon & Macphail, Elgin.

LONGMORN
VINTAGE 1 9 9 6
17  years
57.4 %                               
CASK  STRENGHT
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 01/05/96
Matured in a Sherry Butt
Cask no: 72324
Bottled: 11/10/13
621 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

LONGMORN
CASK  STRENGHT
VINTAGE  1 9 9 6
17 years old
59.0 %                                  
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 25/06/96
Matured in a Sherry Butt
Caskno: 105084
Bottled; 10/03/14
594 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Nonchillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

LONGMORN INFO
42  years  old  
59.4 %                               
GORDON  &  MACPHAIL  RESERVE
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
Speyside
Exclusively Bottled for VAN  WEES
Working with the specialists at
Gordon & Macphail Van Wees has
Selected the cask for this unique
bottling
Distillation date: 06/11/1969
Cask Number: 5295
Cask Type: 1st Fill Sherry Butt
Bottling Month: June 2011
Number of bottles 402
Bottle Number: 355
Unchillfiltered
Natural colour
Specially selected, produced and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
The World's Leading Malt Whisky Specialist
Established 1895

LONGMORN INFO
44  years  old   
55.4 %                               
GORDON  &  MACOHAIL  RESERVE
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
Speyside
Exclusively Bottled for VAN WEES
Working with the specialists at
Gordon & Macphail Van Wees has
Selected the cask for this unique
bottling
Cask Number: 909
Cask Type: 1st Fill Sherry Butt
Bottling Month: June 2011
Number of bottles: 523
Bottle Number: 49
Unchillfiltered
Natural colour
Specially selected, produced and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
The World's Leading Malt Whisky Specialist
Esatablished 1895

LONGMORN INFO
Aged 11 years  
57.6 %                                  
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Date Distilled 14th June 2002
Cask Type: Refill Barrel ex Bourbon
Outturn: One of only 246 Bottles
Society Single Cask: Code:  7.93
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
A complex cornucopia

LONGMORN
25  years  
46 %                              
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 15/06/90
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask no: 8614
Bottled: 06/10/15
225 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate
Whisky Company.NL

LONGMORN
Estd  1894
40 %                                                                     
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
THE  DISTILLERS  CHOICE
Longmorn Distillery, Elgin
Morayshire

LONGMORN
2002
15 years
57.4 %
Speyside Single Malt
The Ultimate Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strenght
Distilled: 17/09/02
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask No: 800636
Bottled: 26/01/18
219 Numbered Bottled
Bottle No: 18
Natural Colour
Nin Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

Highland Malt
Speyside
LONGMORN - GLENLIVET  (1894

Longmorn, Elgin, Morayshire. Licentiehouder: The Longmorn - Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd. Onderdeel van The Chivas & Glenlivet Group Ltd. Eigendom van Seagram.

John Duff, die in 1876 Glenlossie had gebouwd, samen met anderen, stichtte in 1894 Longmorn en zijn optimisme was zo groot in die hoogtij dagen van de whiskyboom, dat hij in 1897 Benriach ook nog bouwde.

Longmorn komt van Llanmorgund, wat land van de heilige man betekent. Het water en de turf komen van Mannoch Hill.
John Duff, die Glenlossie al eerder had verkocht, raakte in grote moeilijkheden en verkocht Longmorn aan James R. Grant, die werd opgevolgd door zijn zonen P.J.V. Grant en R.L. Grant.
De Grants van Longmorn en van Glen Grant werden in 1970 verenigd toen ze met Hill Thomson & Co, whiskyblenders te Edinburgh samen gingen met The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd.

In 1972 werd Longmorn uitgebreid van vier naar zes ketels.

In 1974 kwam het aantal ketels op acht.
In 1978 werd de groep overgenomen door Seagram.
De Mash tun is 7.56 ton.

De dertien Wash backs hebben een inhoud van elk 19.300 liter.
De vier Wash stills hebben elk een inhoud van 9700 liter, de vier Spirit stills elk 6500 liter en worden indirect met stoom verhit.
De capaciteit is  liter spirit per jaar.

Longmorn derives its name from the Gaelic Lann Marnoch meaning Church of St. Marnoch. Maernanog was one of the missionaries who brought Christanity to the Picts of Moray.

After his death in 625 AD, the feast day of St. Marnoch was celebrated in many Scottish towns.

Over the centuries the name evolved and was anglicised to become Longmorn.

Established in 1894, the distillery nestles quietly a few hundred yards off the main Elgin to Rothes road. Extensive warehousing surrounds a traditional looking Victorian Distillery. The Manager's office looks onto the courtyard, with the production buildings a distinctive pagoda roof set in one corner with the still house visible in the other-forming the southern part. The northern side consists of cask warehouses with the easten side being enclosed by the now disused raiway line.

The appearance of the distillery has changed very little over the years. Although the railway sidings to where materials were transported and from where whisky was shipped south are gone, their existence is still evident on the landscape.

The doubling of capacity of the distillery in the 1970s was contained in the original buildings by reusing space freed after the floor malting operation stopped.


Longmorn was built at the height of the whisky-boom; the demand for single malts in blending seemed never-ending.
However the local newspaper noted the arrival of Longmorn with the following article:

'Still another distillery! Evidnetly the latest one announced for Longmorn is not the last that this district will see. There is much talk of 'still more to follow'. I wonder how many new distilleries have been erected, or are in the course of construction, or have been arranged for within the last three years, within the district known as the Glenlivet radius.

I have lost count. But to this must be joined the fact that at the same time the old and existing distilleries have been lengthening their stakes and widening their stills to an unprecedented extent, some of them doubling and trebling their former output. When is all this going to end'.

The journalist only had to wait five years to find out the answer to his question. In December 1898, the whisky industrie was rocked by the collapse of Pattison, Elder & Co, Ltd, whisky Blenders & Exporters, based in Leith. The fraudulent company had fuelled false demand for malt whisky causing huge over-production. On the collapse they left vast debts which crippled many small distilling companies.

Although the crash brought about the end of John Duff's control, the quality of Longmorn's whisky was already established.

According to The National Guardian in 1897, it 'jumped into favour with buyers from the earliest day on which it was offered' indeed Longmorn is one of only a few distilleries to have enjoyed continuous production.

Longmorn emplys a completely balanced production cycle. From the 8 tonnes of grist mashed in the traditional geared tun, a wash back is charged with 38.800 litres of wort. After fermentation is completed the wash is equally divided between the four wash stills. The four wash and four spirit stills work in tandem - the four batches of low wines are mixed with the previous four batches of foreshots and feints, which results in each spirit still being charged with 6.500 litres.

The stills, small with wide necks promote complexity and give weight to the spirit. The slower distillation time and relatively high-necked stills give elegance and balance. It is this consistency and quality that not only makes Longmorn a Blender's favourite but also a 1st Class Single Malt.


Current Annual Distillery Output:
October 2005) 4 million litres of alcohol
Water Source: Local springs
Malt Source:  Burghead Maltings
Malt Type: Optic - lightly peated
Malt Storage: 200 t
Mill Type: Porteus
Grist Storage: 10 t
Mash Tun Construction: Tradition rakes
Mash Size: 8 t
No. of Wash Backs: 8
Wash Back Construction:  Stainless steel
Wash Back Capacity: 38.800 L
Yeast:  Distillers
Wash Still Charge: 9.700 L
Heat Source: Steam coils
Spirit Still Shape: Traditional

1893   Longmorn Distillery Company formed by John Duff,Charles Shirres & George Thomson
1894   Longmorn Distillery starts production
1897   John Duff builds a second distillery, Benriach, next to Longmorn
1898   The Pattison crash results in Duff relinquishing control of both distilleries.Responsibility passed to James R. Grant andeventually to his two sons J.C Grant and R.L. Grant, who kept up continuous production as
         the Longmorn Distillery Co
1970   Amalgamated with Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries and Hill. Thomson & Co, Ltd to form The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd.
1972   The number of stills increased from 4 to 6
1974   Another pair of stills installed
1978   Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd is acquired by Seagram
2001   The Chivas & Glenlivet Group is bought by Pernod . Ricard

Born during the golden era of luxery, a time of dazzling elegance and breath taking progress,
Longmorn was envisioned as rhe pinackle of exquisite taste. Not only did our forward
thinking founder draw on the latest advances in distilling to create a single malt of unparalleled
finesse, he made the astute and enlightened decision to extend the railway to our distillery door to export his finely crafted single malt. More than a century on, its sumptuous character
is still revered by connoisseurs.

This exceptionally balanced single malt is matured in three different types of oak casks, First
fill American oak barrels bring sweet caramel notes, tempered with hints of warm spices from
ex - sherry casks, whilst traditional oak casks impart subtle depth and sweet treackle toffee notes

Build on the site of an old chapel, the Longmorn distillery has been founded by John Duff and two associates, Charles Shirres and George Thomson in 1894, together with its neighbour Benriach.
John Duff founded the Glenlossie 19 years earlier.
Despite his good position within the whisky world in those days, John Duff was crippled by debts because of the great recession in the whisky industry at the end of the 19th century. He was forced to sell everything to pay his creditors.
Among the candidates for buying the distillery, John Grant (from Glen Grant) through his company Hill Thomson & Co who marketed amongst others the "Something Special" blend.
In the early 1970's, Longmorn merged with the distillery "The Glenlivet" to create "The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd".
The distillery doubled its production capacity in 1972 and again in 1974. The number of stills went from 4 to 8. Seagram purchased the distillery in 1977. Longmorn is one of the few distilleries who never stopped production. Longmorn is part of the collection "Heritage Collection".
The distilleries belonging to "The Chivas and Glenlivet Group", part of Seagram have been bought by the French group Pernod-Ricard on 19 december 2001.
Parts of the production are used in the blends Something Special and Queen Anna

Longmore has been available as a single malt since the launch of a 15-year-old in 1993, a bottling which sported a slightly fantastical label showing the distillery nestled in the midst of rugged peaks – it’s on the flatlands near Elgin.

This was replaced by an extravagantly packaged 16-year-old in 2007, but the needs of blenders have meant that, even with increased production, the vast bulk of Longmorn is ring-fenced, with a single-cask offering part of Chivas Brothers’ Cask Strength series. It is, thankfully, a regular sight on independent bottlers’ lists and, deservedly, has built up a cult following, particularly in Japan.

Longmorn was built by one of the 19th century’s most interesting whisky entrepreneurs, John Duff. He was born in Aberchirder, worked at Glendronach, and after designing nearby Glenlossie in 1876, headed to South Africa to try and start a whisky industry there. He failed (as did most, until very recently) and headed to the US to try his hand there. Knocked back once more he returned home and, undeterred, built Longmorn in 1893. Five years after he built another plant next door – Benriach.

It was not an ideal time to build two new plants and in 1899 he was forced to sell to James Grant. Although Duff’s business was not sound, his whisky was and by the start of the 20th century Longmorn was a prize malt, used in a variety of blends including VAT 69 and Dewar’s. In 1920, the young Masataka Taketsuru, one of the fathers of Japanese whisky and founder of Nikka, spent a short period working in the distillery. The stills at Nikka’s two distilleries are said to be modelled on Longmorn’s.

In 1970, the Grant family and blender Hill Thompson (which had a long relationship with Longmorn) merged with The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd to create The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd. This was bought by Seagram in 1977 and (minus Glen Grant) is now part of Chivas Brothers.

1893
John Duff, having already built Glenlossie some 20 years earlier, builds Longmorn distillery
1897
Duff buys out his partners in the company
1898
Duff decides to build Benriach distillery next door to Longmorn
1899
With the whisky industry teetering, Duff is forced to sell his business to James Grant
1920
Masataka Taketsuru, founder of Japanese company Nikka, trains at Longmorn
1970
Hill Thompson and The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries merge to form The Glenlivet Distilleries
1972
Longmorn's stills are increased from four to six and the spirit stills switched to steam heating
1974
Two further stills are installed
1977
Seagram acquires the distillery through its acquisition of The Glenlivet Distilleries
1994
Longmorn's wash stills are brought into line with its spirit stills with steam heating added
2001
Pernod Ricard buys out Seagram's Chivas Brothers whisky portfolio
2007
Longmorn 16 Year Old is launched
2012
The distillery is refurbished with upgrades made to the mash tun and washbacks


CAPACITY (MLPA) i
4.5005
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube - multi pass
FERMENTATION TIME i
50hrs
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
8.5
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam - thermo compression/heating coils
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Non peated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Bairds, Boort
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
72%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
7,200
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Onion
STILLS i
8 (4 wash, 4 spirit)
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
9,750
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
10,800
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
39,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
10
WATER SOURCE i
Bore Hole
WORT CLARITY i
Less than 20 EBC
YEAST TYPE i
Kerry
OWNERS

Pernod Ricard
2001 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Chivas Brothers Holdings
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Seagram Distillers
1977 - 2001
The Glenlivet Distilleries
1970 - 1977
Longmorn-Glenlivet Distillery Co
1899 - 1970
John Duff
1893 - 1899


LONGMORN 1961 ‘TWINS’ COMPLETE G&M SERIES
A pair of 57-year-old Longmorn single malts, priced at £30,000 a set, have been released by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail (G&M) to complete its ultra-rare Private Collection series.

Longmorn 1961 Private Collection bottles
Rare Speysiders: The pair complete G&M’s Private Collection alongside Linkwood and The Glenlivet
The ‘twin’ 1961 single cask whiskies are the oldest Longmorn releases to date, and were chosen for bottling by G&M’s Stuart and Richard Urquhart, who are identical twins.

Sourced from stock laid down by the twins’ grandfather, George Urquhart, the two whiskies from the Speyside distillery will be sold as a pair, with only 97 sets available worldwide.

Both Longmorns were matured in first-fill Sherry hogsheads and bottled at cask strength, with Stuart and Richard Urquhart choosing a whisky each:

Longmorn 1961, chosen by Richard Urquhart: European oak cask 508; 45% abv; ‘mahogany with red highlights; rich, abundant nose, complex aromatic flavours and perfumed top notes’
Longmorn 1961 chosen by Stuart Urquhart: American oak cask 512; 40.8% abv; ‘slightly lighter in colour … sweeter on the nose and fruity on the palate, with notes of black cherry, raspberry and dried vanilla’
‘This is a unique and exclusive opportunity to taste a remarkable piece of Scotland’s liquid history,’ said Stephen Rankin, G&M’s director of prestige.

‘Owners of these twin decanters will be able to explore the similarities and nuances of the oldest Longmorn single malt Scotch whiskies ever bottled.’

Each whisky comes in a numbered, hand-blown decanter, with a book written by rare whisky specialist Jonny McCormick and a certificate of authenticity signed by each brother.

G&M has also teamed up with Prof David Purdie, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, to examine the impact of heritage, environment and location on the character of twins, resulting in two short films on the G&M website.

The release of the twin Longmorns completes the Private Collection series, which also includes Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 and Private Collection Linkwood 1956

Longmorn was built at the height of the whisky-boom; the demand for single malts in blending seemed never-ending.
However the local newspaper noted the arrival of Longmorn with the following article:
'Still another distillery! Evidnetly the latest one announced for Longmorn is not the last that this district will see. There is much talk of 'still more to follow'. I wonder how many new distilleries have been erected, or are in the course of construction, or have been arranged for within the last three years, within the district known as the Glenlivet radius.
I have lost count. But to this must be joined the fact that at the same time the old and existing distilleries have been lengthening their stakes and widening their stills to an unprecedented extent, some of them doubling and trebling their former output. When is all this going to end'.
The journalist only had to wait five years to find out the answer to his question. In December 1898, the whisky industrie was rocked by the collapse of Pattison, Elder & Co, Ltd, whisky Blenders & Exporters, based in Leith. The fraudulent company had fuelled false demand for malt whisky causing huge over-production. On the collapse they left vast debts which crippled many small distilling companies.
Although the crash brought about the end of John Duff's control, the quality of Longmorn's whisky was already established.
According to The National Guardian in 1897, it 'jumped into favour with buyers from the earliest day on which it was offered' indeed Longmorn is one of only a few distilleries to have enjoyed continuous production.
Longmorn emplys a completely balanced production cycle. From the 8 tonnes of grist mashed in the traditional geared tun, a wash back is charged with 38.800 litres of wort. After fermentation is completed the wash is equally divided between the four wash stills. The four wash and four spirit stills work in tandem - the four batches of low wines are mixed with the previous four batches of foreshots and feints, which results in each spirit still being charged with 6.500 litres.
The stills, small with wide necks promote complexity and give weight to the spirit. The slower distillation time and relatively high-necked stills give elegance and balance. It is this consistency and quality that not only makes Longmorn a Blender's favourite but also a 1st Class Single Malt.

Born during the golden era of luxery, a time of dazzling elegance and breath taking progress,
Longmorn was envisioned as rhe pinackle of exquisite taste. Not only did our forward
thinking founder draw on the latest advances in distilling to create a single malt of unparalleled
finesse, he made the astute and enlightened decision to extend the railway to our distillery door to export his finely crafted single malt. More than a century on, its sumptuous character
is still revered by connoisseurs.

This exceptionally balanced single malt is matured in three different types of oak casks, First
fill American oak barrels bring sweet caramel notes, tempered with hints of warm spices from
ex - sherry casks, whilst traditional oak casks impart subtle depth and sweet treackle toffee notes

Build on the site of an old chapel, the Longmorn distillery has been founded by John Duff and two associates, Charles Shirres and George Thomson in 1894, together with its neighbour Benriach.
John Duff founded the Glenlossie 19 years earlier.
Despite his good position within the whisky world in those days, John Duff was crippled by debts because of the great recession in the whisky industry at the end of the 19th century. He was forced to sell everything to pay his creditors.
Among the candidates for buying the distillery, John Grant (from Glen Grant) through his company Hill Thomson & Co who marketed amongst others the "Something Special" blend.
In the early 1970's, Longmorn merged with the distillery "The Glenlivet" to create "The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd".
The distillery doubled its production capacity in 1972 and again in 1974. The number of stills went from 4 to 8. Seagram purchased the distillery in 1977. Longmorn is one of the few distilleries who never stopped production. Longmorn is part of the collection "Heritage Collection".
The distilleries belonging to "The Chivas and Glenlivet Group", part of Seagram have been bought by the French group Pernod-Ricard on 19 december 2001.
Parts of the production are used in the blends Something Special and Queen Anna

Longmore has been available as a single malt since the launch of a 15-year-old in 1993, a bottling which sported a slightly fantastical label showing the distillery nestled in the midst of rugged peaks – it’s on the flatlands near Elgin.

This was replaced by an extravagantly packaged 16-year-old in 2007, but the needs of blenders have meant that, even with increased production, the vast bulk of Longmorn is ring-fenced, with a single-cask offering part of Chivas Brothers’ Cask Strength series. It is, thankfully, a regular sight on independent bottlers’ lists and, deservedly, has built up a cult following, particularly in Japan.

Longmorn was built by one of the 19th century’s most interesting whisky entrepreneurs, John Duff. He was born in Aberchirder, worked at Glendronach, and after designing nearby Glenlossie in 1876, headed to South Africa to try and start a whisky industry there. He failed (as did most, until very recently) and headed to the US to try his hand there. Knocked back once more he returned home and, undeterred, built Longmorn in 1893. Five years after he built another plant next door – Benriach.

It was not an ideal time to build two new plants and in 1899 he was forced to sell to James Grant. Although Duff’s business was not sound, his whisky was and by the start of the 20th century Longmorn was a prize malt, used in a variety of blends including VAT 69 and Dewar’s. In 1920, the young Masataka Taketsuru, one of the fathers of Japanese whisky and founder of Nikka, spent a short period working in the distillery. The stills at Nikka’s two distilleries are said to be modelled on Longmorn’s.

In 1970, the Grant family and blender Hill Thompson (which had a long relationship with Longmorn) merged with The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd to create The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd. This was bought by Seagram in 1977 and (minus Glen Grant) is now part of Chivas Brothers.

1893
John Duff, having already built Glenlossie some 20 years earlier, builds Longmorn distillery
1897
Duff buys out his partners in the company
1898
Duff decides to build Benriach distillery next door to Longmorn
1899
With the whisky industry teetering, Duff is forced to sell his business to James Grant
1920
Masataka Taketsuru, founder of Japanese company Nikka, trains at Longmorn
1970
Hill Thompson and The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries merge to form The Glenlivet Distilleries
1972
Longmorn's stills are increased from four to six and the spirit stills switched to steam heating
1974
Two further stills are installed
1977
Seagram acquires the distillery through its acquisition of The Glenlivet Distilleries
1994
Longmorn's wash stills are brought into line with its spirit stills with steam heating added
2001
Pernod Ricard buys out Seagram's Chivas Brothers whisky portfolio
2007
Longmorn 16 Year Old is launched
2012
The distillery is refurbished with upgrades made to the mash tun and washbacks

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
4.5005
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube - multi pass
FERMENTATION TIME i
50hrs
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
8.5
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam - thermo compression/heating coils
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Non peated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Bairds, Boort
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
72%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
7,200
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Onion
STILLS i
8 (4 wash, 4 spirit)
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
9,750
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
10,800
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
39,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
10
WATER SOURCE i
Bore Hole
WORT CLARITY i
Less than 20 EBC
YEAST TYPE i
Kerry
OWNERS

Pernod Ricard
2001 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Chivas Brothers Holdings
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Seagram Distillers
1977 - 2001
The Glenlivet Distilleries
1970 - 1977
Longmorn-Glenlivet Distillery Co
1899 - 1970
John Duff
1893 - 1899

THE SECRET SPEYSIDE COLLECTION
July 2019
Secret Speyside Collection: Braes of Glenlivet, Caperdonich, Glen Keith, Longmorn
The Secret Speyside Collection is the largest range of single malts yet released by Chivas Brothers, covering 15 whiskies from four of the region’s distilleries: Braes of Glenlivet, Caperdonich, Glen Keith and Longmorn.

It’s perhaps open to question just how ‘secret’ Longmorn is – the single malt has been launched and relaunched in recent years, amid some controversy over pricing – but it’s certainly rare to see releases from the other three distilleries.

If you’ve never heard of Braes of Glenlivet, that’s because it’s been known as Braeval since 1994, to avoid confusion with its more illustrious stablemate. All three of the whiskies here were produced – just – before the change of name.

Whether you buy into regional flavour profiles or not, Richard Woodard finds that there’s a definite theme here of Speysidean fruit flavours running through all four of the distilleries on show, with some of the highlights including an ‘opulent’ 30-year-old Braes, and a ‘serious, but fun’ unpeated offering from closed distillery Caperdonich.

Meanwhile, there’s little to choose between a consistently excellent trio of malts from Glen Keith, and Longmorn’s exotic, hedonistic fruit character is very much to the fore, especially in a standout 23-year-old.

The fruit-fest is only interrupted by two peated Caperdonich bottlings, with the ‘wonderfully aromatic and exotic’ 21-year-old a real highlight. Caperdonich’s two oldest Secret Speyside expressions – 25-year-old peated and 30-year-old unpeated variants – are still in cask and will be released later in the year.

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SCORING EXPLAINED
OVERVIEW
> Braes of Glenlivet 25 Years Old
> Braes of Glenlivet 27 Years Old
> Braes of Glenlivet 30 Years Old
> Caperdonich 18 Years Old Peated
> Caperdonich 21 Years Old Peated
> Caperdonich 21 Years Old Unpeated
> Caperdonich 25 Years Old Unpeated
> Glen Keith 21 Years Old
> Glen Keith 25 Years Old
> Glen Keith 28 Years Old
> Longmorn 18 Years Old
> Longmorn 23 Years Old
> Longmorn 25 Years Old
BRAES OF GLENLIVET 25 YEARS OLD
SCORE
83
Scoring explained >
Braes of Glenlivet 25 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
All is sweetness here: richly fruited, with cantaloupe and apricot, then more exotic hints of lemongrass and kaffir lime, before the cask chimes in with coconut and vanilla. Those cask-driven notes give a little lift to what might otherwise be a sugary fruit-fest, as do the perfumed spices – coriander, crushed cardamom pod. These are content to sit at the back while the fruits leap around centre-stage. Water brings red apple, dessert pear and some honey and waxed floorboard.

PALATE
Immediately sweet, but not cloying. There’s a dryness from the cask and a fair prickle of heat. Tangy marmalade notes appear, again stopping it all from becoming sickly. Well-mannered. Water helps to open things up, allowing those perfumed spices to say a few lines.

FINISH
Stewed red fruits, vanilla custard. Slightly drying.

CONCLUSION
I wonder if 48% is the correct bottling strength here. Much to admire, but not showing its best without a decent splash of water.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Enjoying a fruitarian diet on Cantaloupe Island.


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BRAES OF GLENLIVET 27 YEARS OLD
SCORE
88
Scoring explained >
Braes of Glenlivet 27 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Ripe red apple jumps out first, with a savoury edge – a dusting of nutmeg – pulling at the fruit. Then there’s a swirl of yoghurt-covered hazelnuts, some ginger and finally some butterscotch. Quite perky, with good breadth. Water brings out lighter citrus flavours and a beguiling hedgerow note, so it’s worth a splash.

PALATE
There’s that red apple again, then a hint of black banana, wood polish and richer, dark fruits – blackcurrants, damsons and super-ripe plums. Then sweeter tones of light butterscotch and barley sugar. Water teases out a little liquorice (comfits), but go easy or you’ll sacrifice the fruit.

FINISH
A lift of acidity and, after a while, some sweet caramel.

CONCLUSION
It’s a bit of a shape-shifter, but the fruit is the main attraction. Excellent balance.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Riding the wave with The Changingman.

BRAES OF GLENLIVET 30 YEARS OLD
SCORE
92
Scoring explained >
Braes of Glenlivet 30 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
50.3%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Not only the oldest and strongest of the Braes trio, but also the palest. A little shy after the exuberance of its younger siblings, but there’s some plum and light vanilla, then densely packed aromas of date and fig. With time, some brighter red fruit aromas of loganberry and red cherry. With more time, light ginger, fenugreek and then lime flower. Finally, much sweeter scents of fondant icing. Take your time!

PALATE
Velvety, rich, opulent, with the fruit giving way to a wonderfully savoury tang of rancio. Damson jam on hot buttered toast, then a little coconut and overripe banana right at the back of the mouth. Despite the higher abv, you don’t need water.

FINISH
Fresh pear to cleanse the palate.

CONCLUSION
Here the natural sweetness of the distillate is counterbalanced by judicious cask influence and the complexity and depth that only time can bring. Don’t rush this though, as it’s quite shy.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Wading through the water, going with the gentle flow of Bea’s Song.

CAPERDONICH 18 YEARS OLD PEATED
SCORE
84
Scoring explained >
Caperdonich 18 Years Old Peated
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Smoky & Peaty
NOSE
Whoah Nelly! Tasting the two peated Capers last, it’s quite a shift after the sweet fruit-fest of the other malts in this range. Smouldering bonfire, then camphor and that coal tar soap my grandmother insisted on buying. The peat’s very much in charge here, but there are lingering scents of poached pear that come into sharper relief as the smoke blows off. There’s a herbal element that links with the smoke to create a hint of Lapsang. It’s distinctive, but not overpowering. Water douses the smoke into Plasticine, but brings out zesty orange.

PALATE
Savoury smoke, more luscious fruit – a sweet, baked apple pie with a slightly caught crust. A little hot, with a blast of cayenne pepper. Some orange zest and ginger playing catch-up, but the enjoyably aromatic smoke is quite dominant.

FINISH
Smoked meat with a honey glaze.

CONCLUSION
There’s lots to like here, but it’s a little fierce and ragged around the edges. A promising nose, but the palate is slightly underwhelming.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Lively, but just a little too Vicious at times.

CAPERDONICH 21 YEARS OLD PEATED
SCORE
89
Scoring explained >
Caperdonich 21 Years Old Peated
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Smoky & Peaty
NOSE
Only three years older, but the smoke has retreated and evolved into the aromatic scent of olive wood embers, with an accompanying waft of the smokehouse. This allows the lush and luscious fruit to come through – ripe, bright clementine in particular. Next comes a little cigar box and richer cedar wood notes. The smoke just gentles these flavours along, without ever seeking to dominate them.

PALATE
Mouth-coating, almost oily, with rich mandarin before smoked meat builds through the mid-palate towards an explosive finish. The smoke is much less shy now, returning to bonfire-and-camphor country. Water flattens, rather than enhances, but brings added sweetness.

FINISH
Again, that elusive herbal quality. Long and savoury, with perfumed smoke.

CONCLUSION
The difference between these two malts feels like more than three years – again illustrating the limited relevance of age statements. This has more poise, and is wonderfully aromatic and exotic. Nicely done.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Lost among the temples, Alone in Kyoto.

CAPERDONICH 21 YEARS OLD UNPEATED
SCORE
87
Scoring explained >
Caperdonich 21 Years Old Unpeated
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Quite delicate orchard fruit notes of russet apple and slightly overripe (faintly brown at the tip) pear. There’s a verdant quality here of sun-warmed summer lawn, vetiver and herb patch. It lacks a little magnitude, but makes up for this with subtlety.

PALATE
Broader than the nose suggests. A little fiery, but always this mouth-coating creaminess carrying cask-driven notes of vanilla, edging into condensed milk. Quite punchy and certainly mouth-filling. Water coaxes out more creaminess and a super-sweet vanilla-coated pear character.

FINISH
Clean, slight edge of spearmint, then more sweetness (Juicy Fruit chewing gum).

CONCLUSION
It’s a sweetie, and it’s a cracker. Just the right side of sugary.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Unable to sleep on a hot summer’s night, you amble into the garden to enjoy the Dawn Chorus.

CAPERDONICH 25 YEARS OLD UNPEATED
SCORE
90
Scoring explained >
Caperdonich 25 Years Old Unpeated
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Rich & Round
NOSE
Bigger and richer from the outset. A densely-packed nose of sweet plum, cooking spices, then rich cassis and mulberry. Where the 21 was a little shy, this is much more assertive. The more restrained orchard fruits take a while to come through, but they’re there. Polished desk and then more tropical fruits emerge. Slightly herbal and hard to pin down. Water brings out a new hedgerow scent of white flowers, then camomile.

PALATE
First the orchard fruits come through, having overcome their initial shyness. Then some earthy, age- and cask-related notes of polished wood and book cupboard. Only late on do darker notes of blackberry and even blueberry emerge, along with bitter black chocolate. Builds slowly to a crescendo, in contrast to the nose. Water sweetens and brings more overt cask notes.

FINISH
Chocolate, caramel, Fruit ‘n’ Nut bar. Endless.

CONCLUSION
A highly refined summer pudding in a glass. A serious whisky, but one that knows how to have fun.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
One of Mozart’s lighter moments: ‘Pa… pa-pa!’

GLEN KEITH 21 YEARS OLD
SCORE
88
Scoring explained >
Glen Keith 21 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
43%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Deeply fruity notes of juicy orange and pineapple cubes. The texture hints at a syrupy sweetness, accompanied by the smooth tones of lightly waxed wood. Then this melds into creamy citrus, with summer hedgerow notes of honeysuckle and jasmine. There’s lightness, but depth too. Water lightens the fruit into reminiscences of Quosh (orange & pineapple), but doesn’t reveal anything particularly new.

PALATE
We’re back in that hedgerow at first, then there’s freshly shaved ginger (minus the heat), followed by bolder wood-derived notes of cashew and almond. A prickle of heat, even at 43%, but this is all about the fruit, which returns with a vengeance and in tropical guise.

FINISH
Slightly drying, but still perky.

CONCLUSION
Pure drinking pleasure. Not overly complex, but you can’t keep this down. A labrador puppy of a whisky.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
A summery single malt like this needs a Song for Sunshine.

GLEN KEITH 25 YEARS OLD
SCORE
87
Scoring explained >
Glen Keith 25 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
43%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
The polished patina seen in the 21 jumps out again, this time subsiding swiftly in favour of delightful, sun-warmed Amalfi lemon and Valencia orange (very Mediterranean), along with a slug of custard (not quite so Mediterranean). Smooth, seamless and utterly charming. Water coaxes out even more aromas: heady tangerine, Rose’s Lime Cordial.

PALATE
Ginger and warming baking spices, again that tiny prickle of heat, then darker flavours rush in – cola cube and dark marmalade. It’s lifted by an undercurrent of a greengage pudding spiked with cinnamon. Water brings more ginger and a bit of grip from the cask.

FINISH
Super-tangy, with some wood tannins bringing depth and structure.

CONCLUSION
The nose is a delight, but overshadows the palate a little. Still, a complex whisky that shows distillery character and cask in harmony.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Such balance and harmony can only be Fleeting.

GLEN KEITH 28 YEARS OLD
SCORE
89
Scoring explained >
Glen Keith 28 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
43%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Spice to the fore – those baking spices from the 25, but there’s much more heft and muscle here as cask and age assert themselves. A wave of dark fudge softens any austerity, and then the fruit comes through: mango, ripe orange, shifting into damson and then date. Water takes us back to the hedgerow, as well as the playroom (Fuzzy-Felt), before the spice returns.

PALATE
Smooth and sumptuous, but with an added savoury depth now of allspice, then liquorice and bitter, dark chocolate. The fruit hints at a top-class crème de cassis from Dijon, and it builds into an indulgent slice of Jamaican ginger bread. Big. Delicious.

FINISH
Chewy tannins and whispers of rancio. Later, stewed blackcurrants in dark chocolate. Very long.

CONCLUSION
This ticks every box of complexity and depth. There are times when the cask threatens to become too assertive, but it always steps back from the brink. All three of these bottlings trace a clear line of distillery character and evolution.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
It’s a stadium-filling, Runaway success…

LONGMORN 18 YEARS OLD
SCORE
83
Scoring explained >
Longmorn 18 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Unctuous exotic fruit – walking through a sunlit orangery, but there’s mango and apricot growing here too. This drives off to leave more fruit, but of the orchard variety this time. Then there’s lots of vanilla and creamy fudge, giving a feeling of decadence. Otherwise, the cask is relaxed enough to sit back and watch, contributing a note of pencil sharpener. Water sweetens things even more, bringing out orange zest and barley sugar.

PALATE
Big and exotic, but with quite a prickle from the alcohol. It feels hotter than 48% and this rather conceals the perfumed fruit of the nose, leaving coconut and vanilla in their place. Water helps enormously, opening up the fruit and bringing notes of anise and then mint.

FINISH
Super-sweet, dripping with mango juice.

CONCLUSION
Plenty to like here (if you’re a fan of sweet fruit), but the palate is a little out of kilter.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Keep your balance, or you’ll be Falling Down.

LONGMORN 23 YEARS OLD
SCORE
91
Scoring explained >
Longmorn 23 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
48%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Indulgent, seamless peach folded into Chantilly cream with a slice of lemon meringue on the side. Absurdly, hedonistically fruity, like Glen Keith on steroids. There’s spice too – ginger, but also something dark and reduced. It’s complex. Water dumbs things down a little, with light fruit cordial notes.

PALATE
Wonderful texture, with an explosion of tropical fruit darkening into cassis and black cherry, which in turn tips over into a slight, but pleasing, bitterness. Some dark chilli chocolate. Water makes it all a little too austere.

FINISH
Delightfully sweet. Luxuriant.

CONCLUSION
A crowd-pleasing blockbuster of ripe fruit, but a hydrophobic one.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
A winning Intermezzo just before the final act.

LONGMORN 25 YEARS OLD
SCORE
84
Scoring explained >
Longmorn 25 Years Old
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
52.2%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Compared to the fruit-driven delights of the preceding pair, the cask is very much in charge here, and the higher alcohol is also immediately noticeable. The oak brings out sweet spices – cinnamon especially – then there’s dessert apple. A marmalade tang lurks at the back, before giving way to dark set honey. The combination of orange and assertive wood brings to mind a first-division VSOP Cognac. Water allows that orange character – mandarin now – to fully shine, with creamy light spice, cider apple and aromas of a stable hay rack.

PALATE
There’s texture from the higher alcohol, but the extra heat is manageable. Longmorn’s fruits have retreated before the sawmill buzz of active oak. There’s a tang of black cherries in kirsch as it fades. Water dries a little, but also brings light spices and that slightly bitter black cherry note again.

FINISH
Dark chocolate.

CONCLUSION
The cask is just a little too dominant here for my taste, but it’s still a decent dram. A darker, more forbidding Longmorn.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
It’s going to be a Black Night.



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