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Longmorn The Distillers Choice is a no age statement Speyside Single Malt Whisky first released at the beginning of 2016.
Longmorn was founded in 1984 by John Duff, Charles Shirres and George Thomson. Built on the site of an old Chapel, the Longmorn distillery is located approximately two and a half miles south of Elgin on the main road from Elgin to Rothes. The name Longmorn comes from “Lhanmorgund” meaning “place of the holy man”. The distillery doubled its production capacity in 1972 and again in 1974. The number of stills went from 4 to 8. Seagram purchased the distillery in 1977 but now it belongs to “The Chivas and Glenlivet Group”, part of Seagram bought by the French group Pernod-Ricard in 2001. Longmorn Scotch Whisky has been described as “Speyside’s best-kept secret” – prized by blenders (it is a key part of the Chivas Regal blends) and savoured by connoisseurs, but not widely available to the general public as a bottled single malt.
The unique shape of the broad and smooth shouldered stills at Longmorn have not changed since they were designed and installed by John Duff . The broadness of these stills provides greater contact with the copper during distillation, creating a great depth, smoothness and fruitiness – known by distillers as the “kiss of the copper”. The water used to make the spirit is drawn directly from a local underground lake called the Moray Aquifer, a water source that cannot be seen or accessed, guaranteeing exceptional purity and adding an air of mystery to the production process. Longmorn The Distillers Choice whisky is aged in combination of three different cask types – American oak, ex- Oloroso Sherry casks and traditional oak barrels. The depth and intensity of Longmorn spirit is enhanced in the maturation process by the inclusion of a high proportion of first-fill casks, which add increased depth and create a taste that lingers on the palate. Longmorn whisky has always been famous for its classic toffee / caramel character and this triple-cask maturation puts bit of a new spin on things.
The original founder, John Duff, built a railway station next to the distillery so he could get his ingredients and then get this Scotch to markets more efficiently. The label pays homage to this with a steam locomotive featured on the label. Longmorn The Distillers Choice retains the leather cuff at the bottom of the bottle, with a metal neck collar and has an attractive purple and black packaging theme.