For the first time, you voted for the content of the next article on our Facebook page. So let’s start the week with five Jamaican oldies, mainly from the 80’s.
Berry Bro’s Long Pond 1986-2002 (46%)
Nose: That’s intense despite of the reduction, that reminds me the wonderful reduction of the Berry Bro’s Hampden 1990. Leather, fuel, mangoes, oils, wood, canon powder, candied lemons, peaches, apricots, basil and candied fruits.
Mouth: Pleasant oily texture. That’s sweeter than the nose first with honey, leather, mangoes, peaches, kumquats and petrol. Then it turns dryer with burnt wood, canon powder and black olives but still surrounded by this sugary side.
Finish: Mid-long. Very thick smoke, burnt wood, honey, mint and roasted notes.
One more time a great reduction from the Berry Bro’s but I preferred his Hampden cousin.
Bristol Long Pond 1985-1998 (46%)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: This one directly seems more young and fiery in his profile. Peaches, mirabelle plums, mangoes, honey, coconuts, bananas, leather and engine oil. That’s warmer than expected but the alcohol is well integrated.
Mouth: The texture and the taste are more watery than the Berry Bro’s. Honey, exotic fruits, wood, olive oil, bananas, apricots, candied fruits, glue and leather. There’s also a sugary which surround the mouth as it was the case for the first one.
Finish: Mid-long and warm. More intense than the mouth. Burnt wood, smoke and vanilla sugar.
I’m a bit disappointed by this watery/sugar mouthfeel but it remains a decent one.
Corman Collins Long Pond 1977-2013 (50%, cask #10)
Nose: Another face from Jamaica! This is wise and not very fruity. Apples, leather, vanilla, pears, watermelons, dried fruits, hazelnuts, camphor, nutmeg and polished wood.
Mouth: It has a nice smooth texture. Oak and spices are very (too much) present there. Apples, pears, vanilla, brown sugar, oils and candied fruits. I’m not convinced by that kind of profile but it’s personal as always.
Finish: Long enough. Menthol, wood, leather, vanilla sugar and some smoky notes.
Easy to sip but this one seems too marked by the cask, losing its identity.
Corman Collins Long Pond 1982-2013 (50%, cask #20)
Nose: The alcohol integration was a bit better in the 35yo release but it’s still good enough. Citruses, lemons, leather, Granny Smith apples and floral notes. The wood is present but clearly less than it was in the previous one.
Mouth: Apples, cider, caramelized fruits, oak wood, nutmeg, vanilla sugar, eucalyptus and blackcurrants. Unfortunately I have the same feeling, the rum seems too marked by the cask.
Finish: Mid-long. Vanilla, peppermint and wood.
I enjoyed this one more than the 35yo but it has a similar flaw in my opinion.
Cadenhead’s Long Pond IRW 1986-2005 (68.3%)
Nose: Boom! Welcome back in the Jamaica funkyness. Bananas, mangoes, citruses, grapefruits, bitter oranges, black olives, brine, grilled sardines, pickles and vanilla. It has a nice depth, with complexity and a very nice alcohol integration even if it’s close to 20% higher in ABV than what I tasted before.
Mouth: Nice oily texture, warm and I’m again very surprised by this sweetness climate despite the high ABV. Honey, caramelized fruits, bananas, vanilla sugar, olive oil, candied lemons, pineapples, mirabelle plums, papayas, wood, camphor and glue. The sugary side balance a bit the global sourness.
Finish: Quite long and warm. Canon powder, vanilla, peppermint and marzipan.
This one get the crowd today, I loved it!
Long Pond did some really great stuff in the past as you can see, I’m a bit saddened to see that there is nothing close in the few recent Long Pond releases.
Thanks Quentin & Ludo for the samples. Cheers!
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Berry Bro’s Long Pond 1986-2002
Bristol Long Pond 1985-1998
Corman Collins Long Pond 1977-2013
Corman Collins Long Pond 1982-2013
Cadenhead’s Long Pond 1986-2004