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Longrow CV

The Breadth of Longrow

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@dbkReview by @dbk

26th Feb 2011

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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.

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7 comments

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

Thank you for a very informative review. Your comments about the level of peat got me thinking...while I know that I like peat, I am trying to make my initial set of SMSW purchases in a progressive manner, relative to complexity in order to develop my palate properly. In that respect, is the Springhill 10 an easier/simpler dram than the Longrow CV, for the purposes of making a first "Campbeltown" purchase?

8 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

I'm not sure I would call either the Longrow CV or the Springbank 10 "easier" or "simpler" than the other. The Longrow CV is cheaper than the Springbank 10, but you might find its initial notes more challenging before they mollify than the Springbank 10. It's six in one, half dozen in the other, but I'd probably introduce you to Springbank 10 first.

8 years ago 0

@LeFrog
LeFrog commented

@Pudge72 I would definitely say Springbank 10 is a good place to start. Very rewarding whisky.

8 years ago 0

@Andrew
Andrew commented

Add a third vote for starting with the Springbank 10, I would say that all around it's a far more accessible whisky. More importantly though for me is that the intricacies of the Longrow are simply more interesting and better appreciated if one has some experience with the Springbank.

8 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

Thanks everybody for the detailed feedback, it's exactly the type of commentary that I really appreciate as a SMSW rookie.

8 years ago 0

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

My feeling is that the Springbank lineup is refreshingly different from most other whiskies, and should be on your ToTry list (BTW, ScotchChix suggests Springbank 10 as one of their starter malts in general). I also agree with everyone above, that Springbank 10 is more approachable, and should come first.

8 years ago 0

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

@dbk, I always anticipate your edifying facts and attention to detail ... yes I forgot to mention Hazelburn in my review of Longrow CV, and that Springbank is distilled 2.8 times !

Good & edifying review ... from a slightly different and welcome perspective ... and glad to hear that your rubberyness went away ... but maybe just a hint adds a little wildness to the malt :-)

8 years ago 0

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