It has been almost 5 years since I last tried the Sprintbank CV. Thank to my friend Pat I can now give the 2015 bottling a go. Oh, right, CV is short for Chairman’s Vat and is a mix of different vintages of Springbank, about 70% matured on bourbon casks and 25% on sherry casks. The final 5% went into port casks. Just so you know.
The nose is soft on both sweet and herbal notes. Sweet malt, orange peel, raisins and sniffing tobacco go hand-in-hand with fresh planks, cod oil and a touch of smoke. But it seems a bit nervous, you see? It seems undecided whether it wants to be herbal or sweet. Goes up and down like a yo-yo.
Nicely oily and spicy on the palate. The sweetness comes first now. The raisins and mostly oranges return, in a peppery jacket, followed by sweet peat. Midpalate it turns somewhat brackish. Sweet and silt fight for supremacy. Mildly unbalanced in my humble (wtf?) opinion.
The finish is long and bittersweet, only to leave the mouth completely dry.
Not bad at all, but not my favorite Springbank by far.