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Longrow is the heavily peated whisky from the Springbank distillery on Mull of Kintyre. This Longrow CV has no age statement, but apparently consists of 3 types of whisky: a 6 year old bourbon cask, a 10 year old port and rum cask and a 14 year old sherry cask. The CV is rumoured to stand for Curriculum Vitae (although Springbank’s Jenny told us it meant Chairman’s Vat). Be that as it may, this bottling was clearly meant to show off the different characters Longrow can produce. It was first released in 1973, but my bottle dates from 2010.
The nose offers sweet peat, working in harmony with vanilla and yellow apples. A touch of wine gums and some silt. Very creamy and peppery.
It becomes much more assertive on the palate. Again fruity, but now with a lot more citrus and the white pepper puts its foot down. Nice sweet peat, again. A lot of ginger. Less outspoken salty. Not very complex, but very quaffable.
The finish on oak and ginger, might have lingered a bit longer in my opinion.
This is a wonderfully balanced, young whisky with a wonderful profile. Very affordable.