This month the SB HQ managed to get their hands on a very limited-edition whisky released by Chivas Brothers. The exclusive range hails from a secluded and highly secret distillery and our Longmorn 18 year old is one bottle out of a range of four. The Longmorn distillery, well known amongst the distilleries as one that championed innovation, is part of Chivas Brother’s largest release of single malts yet.
If you are someone getting into the single malt game, this 18 year old is a great introduction that consists of creamy notes of toffee, sweet pear and even a touch of oak. It has a subtle but sweet touch on the pallet and a noticeably smooth finish
We want to share with you our top ways to enjoy this very special limited release.
On the Rocks
This 18 year old has so many distinct tastes that I would avoid mixing it with anything with flavours that will mask and alter the taste of the whisky straight out of the bottle. Served on the rocks means that the water from the ice will allow you to focus on some of the notes more easily as the whisky slightly dilutes. However, it is perfect on a hot night or when craving an ice cold whisky. .
A purist will always go for this as their first option, especially a limited-edition single malt in its 18th year. Untouched, as it lays in the bottle, poured into a crystal glass without anything interfering with its flavours. Those who enjoy the high alcohol content (40% plus) and natural flavours are usually those who have trained taste buds. If it’s something you would like to become more in tune with, try having it neat then soften it with a drop of water so you can focus on its flavour notes.
Drop of Water
The concept of adding water to your whisky might be a foreign idea and something you are more used to doing with your cup off cottee’s cordial, but it can make a very big difference if you are new to the whisky tasting world. So, how does it make a difference?
“A splash of water can be a great thing…. a little water releases the hydrophobic (water repellent) elements in the glass, allowing you to detect more aromatics on the nose and, by lowering the alcohol content, it can allow you to taste more flavours on your palate.” – Tommy Tardie, owner of The Flatiron Room and whisky enthusiast.
The easiest way to go about this is with a glass of water and a straw. Simply add a drop, give your whiskey a swirl, take a sip,and repeat until you find the pleasing flavours you’re looking for. The bigger the splash, the more diluted your whiskey will become, achieving the effect of ice without chilling the refreshment.
To find out more about this limited edition product, click here
… and remember to enjoy responsibly.