I bought a bottle of this early last year sometime. Springbank is not imported locally, but I had tried it several times and really liked it. I was very surprised to find their peated malt being sold here and at a steal of a price too. This was the first of many obscure purchases for me.
The CV stands for curriculum vitae as it’s meant to highlight the various aspects of the malt. It’s a vatting of various ages between 6 and 14 years, and wide range of cask types (sherry, port, bourbon and rum). I really liked this one but it has regrettably been discontinued and replaced by Longrow Peated, which I found to be a little less engaging.
Aged 3 years (for lack of age statement), 46%ABV, No colour added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Salt. Light but very noticeable peat, like a fresh slap. Lemon Zest. Fresh cut grass. Vanilla. Cream. Sage leaves. Herbs. Old barbeque smoke. Boiled sweets. Olive oil.
Palate: Some citrus and herbs hit the tongue first, followed by a hit of that rich but light peat. Salty wood. Candy Apple.
Finish: A really long smoky, lemony finish with some slight hints of cake. Almost like a peated lemon meringue pie.
Rating: Buy this (if it was still around)
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This whisky was very different, which is why I loved it. There was so much going on in here and it changes so much as you go along from smelling to tasting. It’s very complex, very interesting and lot of fun to play around with. It was also very cheap which always adds a few points in my book..