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Springbank distillery is located on the southern Kintyre peninsula and produces three distinct types of single malt: Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn. Springbank is lightly smoky, Longrow is very smoky and Hazelburn is not smoky at all. The Longrow CV version was first released in 2008 and, as is the case with the Springbank CV and Hazelburn CV, the “CV” stands for “Curriculum Vitae” since - according to Springbank's Kate Wright - "it contains whiskies of a variety of ages...". Longrow CV is a vatting of 6, 10, and 14 year-old malts, each aged in different types of casks.
The nose is distinctly peaty and quite fruity with apples and vanilla. There is also a grassy element to it. I had not expected the amount of peatiness but, frankly, this is very good.
The palate is smooth and peppery at the same time, astonishingly peppery in fact. There is the vanilla again, this time hand in hand with lemon notes. This is not overly complex but hugely enjoyable nevertheless.
The finish is long and peaty, with some ginger notes right at the end.
I was very pleased with this whisky. Although not very complex I felt captivated by the very distinct peatiness and the underlying sweetness. In fact this tasted so good that I did not even try it with water. A great single malt and very good value for your money.