Another one from the CV range from this iconic Campbeltown distillery. What CV stands for is kind of weirdly unknown. I’ve seen Curriculum Vitae, but also Chairman’s Vat and I believe some other abbreviation.
Springbank is Springbank’s main brand with Longrow being the second and Hazelburn trailing as third. They distill 2.5 times which more or less means some spirit is distilled twice, and some once more. I’m not sure what it does for the flavours but if, of course, changes a couple of variables.
While they’ve had their ups and downs in their products, the last couple of releases have been well received by many people and especially the new 21 year olds sell out so quickly they rival bottlings from over a decade ago in price.
Of course, the CV is nowhere near that price category with a bottle selling between € 35 and € 40. Nicely priced, so let’s see if it’s nicely flavoured too!
Heavy from the start. There’s leather, some smoke, spices and some tea. The spirit is rather young but carries the flavours well. It reminds me of some Jura and Lagavulin whiskies I’ve had, but obviously less smoky. It is rather pungent. White oak. Not much depth to it, but that’s to be expected in a young spirit.
The palate is a bit lighter than the nose at first, but gains a bit of that heaviness. Again, light smoke but also salt, leather, spices and a hint of marmite without it becoming awful.
The finish is fairly sharp and has some sweet stickiness to it that wasn’t there before. Some salt too and it lasts surprisingly long for a young dram like this.
While I wasn’t positive on the Hazelburn CV, I know I liked the Longrow and this one is rather well done too. I don’t think it represents Springbank all that well so I have to go with Chairman’s Vat instead of Curriculum Vitae. From the last description you’d expect a whisky that says “This is what Springbank is about”. And that’s not it.
The recent releases have all been relatively light and this one goes in the exact opposite direction. What it does show is how the wood further tames the heavy spirit they produce!
Springbank CV, 46%, OB, available at the better whisky shop and at De Whiskykoning for € 38.25