This is a 12 year Longrow bottled as part of their Red series which involves finishing in wine casks. This was finished for one year in French Pinot Noir casks and bottled at 52.9% ABV.
Nose: Peat takes a back seat to very heavy wine notes full of figs, plums, and mulled spices. Some tobacco notes merge with the oak/peat.
Palate: Heavy smoke up front with some smoked, savory meat leading into rich, dark fruits as the wine dials up. After the first few sips, the fruity wine notes take over almost completely.
Finish: Peat lingers through as the wine notes gently fade.
Rating: 87/100 – I generally really like the Longrow Red series, and this one is quite good as well. The balance is a little off for me as the wine on this one takes away a bit too much of the peat for my liking, but still quite good.
Value for the money: I paid around $80 for this, and I think that’s a very fair price.