At one time Campbeltown was considered the ‘whisky capital of the world’. This little slice of Scottish heaven was home to more than 30 operational distilleries. Throughout the twentieth century factors internal (slipping quality and overproduction, cask policy) and external (the depression, closing of the mines, prohibition) led to closure after closure, until finally only Glen Scotia and Springbank remained in production.
In 2004 the Mitchell family of Springbank purchased, and put into production, neighboring Glengyle distillery. This step was instrumental in protecting Campbeltown’s status as a whisky distilling region, bringing the region’s sum total distilleries from 2 to 3.
So…while there is now a relative dearth of options when it comes to Campbeltown malts, Sprinbank are doing their damnedest to give we hungry consumers some options at the tills. This family-run distillery is responsible for producing Hazelburn, Longrow and Springbank.
Here we have Longrow CV. There are alternate schools of thought as to what the ‘CV’ actually stands for, but most reputable and authoritative voices suggest ‘curriculum vitae’ over ‘chairman’s vatting’. Either way…stellar young malt from a distillery bent on adhering to the time-honored tradition of ‘DIY’ and ‘quality-first’.
Nose: Wow. Very old school style dram. Meaty and malty. Smoke and peat, of course. Ashy. Figs. Caramel. Leather. Dark and lovely old dunnage warehouse notes. Smells that bring to mind the aromes at the distillery itself. Some far off echoes of the new spirit.
Palate: Perfect correlation of nose and palate. Smoky. A bit of an iodine note. Oily and heavy. Hefty peat. Spiced apple. 7-up (lemonade, for our overseas friends). Some almost industrial notes.
A very classic, traditional style malt. Brilliant entry level whisky.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt