01.11.18 | An Islay Campbeltown? | Longrow Red 13 Year Malbec

Scotch Whisky

I can’t help myself, but all that has been on my mind lately are Campbeltown whiskies. I just cant… they’re SO GOOD, so what could be better than a traditional Campbeltown? A freaking peated Campbeltown, and what could better than a peated Campbeltown? A freaking peated Campbeltown finished in FREAKING MALBEC BARRELS. Holy s***. Also, huge shoutout to Josh with @mondovinodenver for always carrying terrific single malts, in particular, this one 👍🏻

The Longrow is a peated release that our favorite Springbank puts out to bless us with a “mainland Islay”. The bottle I was lucky enough to find is their 13 year cask strength that spent the last 15 months of its life in Malbec barrels from good ol’ South Africa. Have I mentioned that I LOVE Malbecs and that they’re basically the only wine I drink due to their big full bodied fruit flavor and little tannins? This particular bottles comes in at a beautiful cask strength of 51.3% abv. Now how did basically my three favorite things taste when brought together??

The whisky is a red hued brewed tea that just coexists perfectly with the bottle label, very appealing to the eye.

The first impression on the nose was an orange creamsicle in a candy shop, lots of sweet red candies in this one. The sweetness fades away to a slowly smoldering camp fire on the beach at sundown – a beautiful saline smoke, earthy and relaxing.

The palate is a symphony. All flavors playing a part and evident, but none overpowering the other, balance. The smoke of seasoned meat cooking over an open fire shows its face alongside a simmering pot of cranberries and cherries with mulling spices. A dry saline breeze blows through the scene bringing with it dry notes of oak.

The finish is once again balanced and reserved. Tart cherry tannins dry the mouth, a nod to the Malbec, a charred oak spice takes you away…

I can’t put this scotch down. There are a lot of big bold profiles that could have easily ran away from one another, but what Springbank has created is a masterful harmony of balanced flavors that makes for an incredible dram. Peat with red wines are a movement I’m very behind.

Sláinte 🥃

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