This is a 14 year Longrow expression that was aged in ex-bourbon barrels for the first 11 years and then finished in Burgundy hogsheads for the last 3 years before being bottled at 56.1% ABV.
Nose: Cardboard that’s been thoroughly soaked and is almost dry, bananas, apples, black cherries, and a bit of sulphur that peaks its head through here and there. Overall, very fruity and musty.
Palate: Dark fruits on entry before a funky oak arrives with sour cherries, waxy malt, honey, and wet hay.
Finish: Damp oak with dark fruits lingering with mulled wine and cardamom.
Value for the money: I think I paid around $100 for this, and I wouldn’t pay that again. I’d be happier to see this bottle priced around $80 as I feel the Longrow Red series does the wine finish better for cheaper.