Springbank CV was introduced in the late 1990s. The idea was to embrace a lifetime of Springbanks by vatting whiskies aged from 8 to 30 years and creating an “ultimate” Springbank.
The experiment was short-lived and the initial bottling is now sought after by collectors. In 2010 however, the distillery returned to the CV idea with “Campbeltown CV pack” featuring three 200-cl bottles of Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn. The ‘new Springbank CV’ was a vatting of whiskies aged for 7, 10 and 14 years in various types of wood (bourbon, sherry and port). No one is certain if CV stands for ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘Chairman’s Vatting’. The bottle presented here comes from the end of the 20th Century.
Nose: grassy and mineral, wet gravel, beeswax, green apples, lemon peel, linseed oil, vanilla, toffee, sea breeze and hints of peat smoke.
Palate: malty and grassy, vanilla, toffee, lemon curd, apples, pears, smoked fish, salted peanuts, hay, oak and whiffs of peat smoke.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of green apples, pears, sea salt, white pepper and distant hints of smoke.