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Longrow CV

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mReview by @markcnewton

3rd Mar 2011

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Last autumn, I went on holiday to Scotland (photos here – totally check them out and come back). It was a glorious week, perfect weather, amazing environment and, while there, I even managed to drag my girlfriend to a whisky distillery. We visited the Springbank distillery, in Campbeltown, which also has a very nice second hand bookshop specialising in SF and Fantasy. Anyway, Springbank is:

"… the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland. Founded in 1828 on the site of Archibald Mitchell’s illicit still, the Springbank Distillery is now in the hands of his great great great grand son, Hedley G. Wright. Owned by Mr Wright’s J&A Mitchell & Co Ltd, Springbank is the only distillery in Scotland to carry out the full production process on the one site. 100% of the traditional floor malting, maturation and bottling is done at the distillery in Campbeltown. It produces the most hand made whisky in Scotland, with traditional production methods being used throughout the process, and human involvement at each and every stage."

And it was all you’d expect of a independent operation: full of character and charm. As an aside, TV Food and Drink connoisseur, Oz Clarke, actually visited the same distillery a few days after we went there, and I was rather chuffed to see it again on the TV.

Longrow is one of three whiskies distilled at Springbank (the other two being Springbank and Hazelburn), and this is the heavily peated single malt they produce.

So, the Longrow CV, then, which was the one we tasted in the shop as part of the tour.

On the nose: a whiff of the harbour, gentle coal fires, something buttery and syrupy there, too, and with the faintest touch of Pernod. The peat hits on the mouth in the most silky of ways; that butter is still there, a little creamier. Medicinal, perhaps, but not quite like the Laphroaig 10. A warming, peppery spice. The smoke stays with you afterwards, certainly, but it never dominates the experience.

All in all, a very nice dram – especially for £30. It’s just the kind of thing to have when you can’t quite look an Ardbeg in the eye, and you could easily mistake this for one of the finer Islay malts.

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7 comments

@jeanluc
jeanluc commented

Lovely whisky and excellent value, like you say. Good review @markcnewton.

What was Oz Clarke's take on it? I've never seen him review a whisky.

8 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Nice review, @markcnewton. It's great to see the Longrow CV get so much favourable attention lately!

8 years ago 0

markcnewton commented

Thanks, guys! I've seen the CV do well in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible, but that's about it.

As for Oz - to be honest, I can't remember the precise details, but I seem to remember him really liking it and everything about the distillery (as it's rather traditional).

8 years ago 0

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

@markcnewton, a good review and a good read, especially with the extra anecdotes and tangential notes. The bookstore seems like a welcome addition to a distillery ... and I just have to wonder what you had to offer in exchange for your girlfriend joining you on the whisky tour ... maybe a quilting show or something ? :) At any rate, it is so great that you were able to visit the distillery !

8 years ago 0

@galg
galg commented

I just tasted this the other day. and LOVED it. longrows are amazing.

8 years ago 0

markcnewton commented

DBK - ah, I see - good reviews!

AboutChoice - thank you for the kind words. To be fair, my girlfriend seemed to enjoy the tour, too! So no craft fairs for me. Yet...

Gaig - great stuff. I really want to try some of the other offerings from the distillery.

8 years ago 0

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