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I am not a fan of Campbeltown but I would like to become one. I found that they have a very unique signature, but I don't know if I was unlucky but there was always a wrong note that prevented me from really enjoying my dram. This sourish herbal note could be enjoyable in the background but is, for me, very annoying when it comes forward. I had a Springbank where it was like some rotten herbs. Yeurk! So I was a bit anxious with this Longrow CV. Fortunately, that was for no reason.
The nose. First I was hit by the petroleum, then come the sourish herbal note that I associate to Campbeltown but with enough sweet to keep it in stand. So I keep nosing it and I have vanilla and a lot of hay.
The palate comes with a lot more sweet and I find the same pecan I had with Hazelburn but this time with the peat (petroleum) and a little salt at the end. If you keep it for 30 sec in the mouth, the smoke is progressively taking charge and bring new flavours like a malt with sherry notes as if there was a drop of Lagavulin 16 in the background.
The finish bring back the petroleum and the hay. Again, if you keep it longer before swalling it, the finish will be a lot more complex.
The balance is fairly good. I would not let it breathe because that brings out the sourish herbal; on the other hand, this is one of the whisky that benefit most of a good time on the tongue.