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Twice distilled, unlike Springbank’s 2.5 (or, really, 2.8) and Hazelburn’s thrice distilled, Longrow is the more heavily peated of the Springbank brands of Scotch malt whisky. The CV expression—CV meaning ‘Curriculum Vitae’—is meant to represent the style and range of the various Longrow expressions, though how ‘representative’ it is comes down to the choices made by the blender, of course.
Upon opening the bottle and pouring my first few drams, I found a touch of burnt rubber and something slightly metallic on the nose, but thankfully these both faded quickly and have not reemerged. Instead, I find that wonderful, milky Springbank malt, reminiscent of rice pudding, alongside salt, peat, ginger, vanilla, coconut, cherries, and raisins. It is sulfured, but—and I want to stress this—only mildly so.
The palate is sweet, round, and a touch spicy. It is again malty, with notes of ash, campfire smoke, salt, marshmallow, coconut, and light sherry sweetness. Cocoa rounds out the finish nicely. The Longrow CV is yet another solid offering from Springbank.