Wow. I really love this Longrow. This is the new Red - the whisky has been aged for 7 years in refill bourbon barrels and then finished for 4 years in Cabernet Sauvignon hogsheads. I am a fan of peat, but not crazy about it. I love it when the peat comes with sweetness and other mellowing notes. And nothing beats a bourbon cask to start with for me...
Nose: A real treat. Sweet in the beginning; raspberry ham and hints of rose petal. As the nose develops it reveals a light peatiness, with cherries, red grapefruit and blood oranges.
Palate: Oh there's the peat! Initially oaky and leathery with a little bit of tobacco and salt, the Cabernet Sauvignon influence appears later with some blackberries and cinnamon. A very chewy dram.
Finish: Long and peaty. Definitely coastal in style, there is a touch of mellow fruitiness here too.