Springbank CV

Overall rating
82.89/100
votes
318
Whiskybase ID
WB13347
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
01.2010
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
10/123
Barcode
610854027001
Added on
28 jan 2010 6:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 350.00

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Whisky reviews for Springbank CV

37 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.89 points.

  1. schengel10 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A young, intense, interesting "spring bench"; unfortunately no longer in stores since 2013;
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      very fruity (plum, plum), sherry, sweetness (honey), no oak, very pleasant;
    • Taste
      fruity, powerful development, grapes, grapefruit, caramel, vanilla, a little honey, salty, woody-bitter, oak; oily body;
    • Finish
      medium to long, powerful, astringent; long, slightly bitter aftertaste;

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  3. MarcinCh scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The golden color. Oily.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoked fruit. Light speech bubble. Ash. Peaches. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Citrus. Smoking.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Smoked fruit. Ash. Smoke. Salty caramel. A pinch of spices. Black pepper. Oiliness. Full in the mouth.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Lots of spices. Black pepper. Salty caramel. Medium-long finish.

  4. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Soft, vanilla, honey, fruity

    taste
    Vanilla, spicy wood, fruity

    finish
    Medium-spicy, slightly sweet

  5. kikist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    -
    • Nose
      80 80
      perfume, leather, flowers, tobacco, touch of peat, vanilla
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet, soap, artificial apple
    • Finish
      80 80
      spicy, paint, sour, soap, sweet

  6. GlasMost scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Kind of shy compared to other Springers but a decent malt. It lacks age & depth. I like the oilyness and the light character. Hence it is an easy drinking malt and worth its price then until it was discontinued. Don't pay aftermarket prices unless you are a fanboy. Nothing to be missed. Get a solid standard Springbank 10 instead.

  7. Ostap scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Discreet and modest, but attractive.
    • Nose
      Muted, slicked, barely mineral, sea stones, a little bandage, iodine, grass, green winter apple.
    • Taste
      Saturated, even explosive, sweet, flows into salt, roasted vegetables, a little pepper.
    • Finish
      Short, with pepper.

  8. claymore84 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 12-02-2019.

  9. Malthead19 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I personally like a surprisingly good old NAS bottling from Springbank, much better than expected, much better than the Longrow CV
    • Nose
      fruity smell, plum, plum, sherry, honey sweetness, no oak, very pleasant
    • Taste
      direct powerful fruity appearance, spice is now added to the taste, clear oak, grapes, grapefruit, subtle vanilla and honey, woody-bitter, astringent
    • Finish
      long powerful finish;
      long dry bitter aftertaste

  10. valery77 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lemon, gouache, smoke and peat, vanilla notes, fruit caramel. 20
    • Taste
      Medium, moderately sweet with sourness. Black pepper, oriental spices, smoke and peat, creamy caramel, lemon peel. 20
    • Finish
      From medium to long, phenolic, smoky, smoothly fading. 21
      A simple but nice young chimney, similar to the young releases from Ayla. Balance 20.
      Total 81

  11. GJR scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  12. Macheye scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Springbank CV is straight-forward, unchallenging and surprisingly coastal. The nose is a touch unusual – I don’t commonly associate vegetables with my Campbeltown malts, but they’re certainly present here. The palate is much more as expected, and quite well-constructed with a good interplay between sweet fruits, pungency and coastal spice. 

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/springbank/springbank-cv/
    • Nose
      Earthy and mineral. The expected Springbank peat pungency is not here – at least not on initially pouring – a little resting time brings out some light ashy smoke and touches of wood char. The mainstay here is earthiness and minerality – soils, wet hay, damp leafiness alongside slate, granite and shale. Everything is bound together with a tinge of tropical and citrus fruits – ripe bananas and lemons. There’s quite a vein of vegetalness running through this whisky – broccoli, sprouts and leafy greens.
    • Taste
      Richer, sweeter and with better composition than the nose. Here we’re more into traditional Springbank territory – Malty, grapefruits, lemons, grape juice backed up by slightly astringent coastal smoke – salty (and pepper for that matter), mineral, pungent and ashy. Altogether rather pleasant.
    • Finish
      Medium with high sweetness and juicy fruits.

  13. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It's not bad, but this is Springbank, so expectations are a bit different from other brands
    • Nose
      Comprehensive fragrance - oily, at the same time lightweight. There are shore tones, sherry, nuts, citrus, vanilla, mint, eucalyptus, and a very light bite
    • Taste
      Nuts, caramel, sherry, oil, pronounced spiciness, later to a more sophisticated taste, smoked milk chocolate
    • Finish
      In the reverberation, nuts, caramel, pepper spiciness, oilyness and more pronounced smell - Medium-long

  14. Andytka3 scored this whisky 62 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Soft, young and grassy, very green with sulphur. Nose heated. Sour
    berries with faint peat and spirity. Rough and lack balance. An off
    track Springbank.
    P- Poor oak,
    the lack of flavours bring forward all the rough edges and flaws. Stale
    and sulphur. Water it down to draw some floral and rose water sweetness.

    F- Young and burn. Unpleasant. Barley sweet with pungent peat. Under par released from my favourite distillery.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  15. p4blo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Great value. There are these unmistakeable Springbank characteristics and at this price, I find it hard to beat.
    • Nose
      Some signature Springbank notes with light peat, slight minerality, wet stones, seaweed, lemon joice and wet soild. Also very delicate sweetness emerges after a while.
    • Taste
      Salt, oysters, lemon juice, peppers. There's this slightly metallic feeling too. Nice balance.
    • Finish
      Mild peat, gentle sugary sweetness, quite long.

  16. peatbogger scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  17. peatbogger scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    enjoyable, but I found it challenging to disect
    • Nose
      soft with mild smoke, sherry comes through as sweet fudge, hazel and almonds, lots of other faint things that I can't pin down as they fade in and out
    • Taste
      light spice, marzipan and almonds, quite bitter
    • Finish
      pleasant mild spice mixed with vanilla sweetness, drying

  18. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Nervous

    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.

  19. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  20. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  21. mer1973 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  22. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Again a nice piece of craftsmanship that comes from the sleeve of Springbank. A NAS whisky that may be there and produced with quality as a starting point. I must say that he is slightly less well balanced than the Longrow CV, especially on the smell.
    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/recensie-282-springbank-cv/
    • Nose
      A full, sweet, busy and entertaining whisky with notes of sweet honey, salty, cereals, cereals, dried fruits, raisins, orange peel, almond, subtle sherry, hint of tobacco, soft peat smoke, sulfur, a hint of eucalyptus, mineral notes and sawdust.
    • Taste
      A rich, sweet and balanced whisky with notes of sweet honey, caramel, salted caramel, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, hint of liquorice and bay leaves, soft bitter tannin, oak, dried fruit, sherry, orange peel, raisins and soft smoky notes.
    • Finish
      A medium long, slightly drying and slightly sour aftertaste with notes of licorice, honey, salty, caramel, earthy notes, soft smoke and a hint of liquorice. Is pretty bitter at the end.

  23. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  24. eleiko5 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Springbank CV (46%, OB 2010)

    Nose: quite a whirlpool of different aromas. I detected at least three layers. One has grainy notes, oatmeal, sesame oil and sour yoghurt. For me, these notes are a little ungraceful. A second one shows nice soot and subtle peat. A final layer has some sweet sherry notes, almonds and eucalyptus (unfortunately all quite subdued). Too bad the layers are not very integrated – there’s a lot going on but in the end nothing stands out in a nice way. Mouth: quite some sweetness with dark caramel (the Port casks?) as a common thread for the whole profile. Pepper and other spices. Again subtle peat. A briney hint of liquorice with a distinct bitter tang in the end. Finish: more liquorice and caramel with a hint of smoke.

    If C.V. stands for Curriculum Vitae, then this employee seems to have done a bunch of things in his career, but nothing really well. Not exactly harmonious and not my kind of dram. Springbank has many better choices in its current range. Around € 35.

    Score: 75/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2011/springbank/springbank-cv/

     

     

  25. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Young nose, pineapples, orange peel, soft malty nose. Spirit led nose this one
    T: Fruity, malty, pokey arrival, a touch of diary putridness, softening quickly, some floral and then grassy notes, creamy on the palate, the arrival diminishing steadily
    F: Lemonade, sherbet develops nicely with a touch of sweet biter lemon. Theres a second finish, fresh malty barley finish, touch of wash back and lemon.
    C: Underwhelming dram with a bitter sweet cloyingness that repels more than it attract.

    Scores a C

  26. Taita scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    The specific taste really reminds me to the specific but unknown taste of a medlar, not unpleasant but also not that complex.
    • Nose
      Lemmon and lime, almond, peat, rotten medlar
    • Taste
      Medlar, almond, caramel, citron, some peat
    • Finish
      Medium long

  27. Dede scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A simple but effective malt. Its lack of complexity is partially offset by the balance of its aromas and freshness. An attack a little more frank would earn him some extra points.
    • Nose
      Powerful, it is not in lace. Iodized, lemony, very iodized, very lemony, salty ... Oysters accompanied by a margarita, especially as bitter and vegetal fragrances that can evoke a Tequila appear. A lot of bitter almond and minerality (talc) too. Well, I forgot to talk about peat. It is fine and delicate, very indented. It was less expressive during the second tasting. The water however allows him to find some color.
    • Taste
      The attack is softer than expected, almost watery, but this sensation does not last, and a powerful lemony and salty wave comes to hit you on the palate. It also develops a beautiful minerality that is dominant at the end of the mouth, erasing the other aspects.
    • Finish
      Long, bitter and barely peaty, pleasant and refreshing.

  28. Volanne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Comment: A very clean and tasty malt. If you like gentle yet not overwhelming peat with nice citrusy notes, ans a slight farmy character, this one is made for you.

     

    Tasted blind for whisky-distilleries.info WDTS:
    http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/WhiskyWDTS/index_EN.shtml
    • Nose
      At First, we have small yellow stone fruits (mirabelles), quickly catched up by soft phenols. A gentle coastal breeze. Probably a youngster (12yo ?) but not bad at all. Rather pungent despite an ABV that probably hardly reaches 46%. Then turns spicier, with lots of pepper and candied ginger. Loads of candied ginger and quite some vanilla from the oak. And something quite organic now, like a mix between freshly cut cider apples and slightly rancid butter. Strangely, it took a while for grassy notes to arise, but here they are. A cereal field after the rain, and maybe a little stale beer.
    • Taste
      Very clean attack. Phenols are present, but nicely sweetened by soft liquorice. Citrusy. Orange peels. The mouth gets then mellower and bolder at the same time, proof that it doesn't always require lots of alcohol when it works well! Well integrated, it seems more mature than on the nose.
    • Finish
      Finish: Long, tasty, and unexpectedly slightly cofeeish.

  29. MB28 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Young smooth Peper, oily, vanilla....
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  30. alectron scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Single Dram. (Blind) Springbank Tasting with Ranald Watson, 02.2012. From a 2011 vatting.
    • Nose
      fake pear ester, cellulose/paper mache, dry wood and some fake pineapple ester. (76)
    • Taste
      oily, upfront slightly sweetener sweetness, some flints, (82)
    • Finish
      vanilla & paper mache. (74)

  31. TheNose scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nose: tobacco, anis, spicy

    Taste: hot, oily, sharp, smoky

    Finish: little smoke, long

    Nice dram for a nice price

  32. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Legend has it that the casks were selected in person by Master Distiller
    Distiller good old Frank McHardy and Distillery
    Manager Stuart Robertson. I wonder if they consulted each other. While the
    palate makes up for a lot, the nose was truly a strange mix.
    • Nose
      The nose is a overwhelming mix of aromas. First, subdued sweet sherry
      (orangettes, raisins, tobacco, roasted almonds) with a hint of mint and
      liquorice. But soon this is all covered in a layer of almost sulphury smoke,
      wet stones and codliver oil. Finally some rough grains and fresh wood
      shavings. I guess each cask has its say, but in the end it is quite the
      cacophony.
    • Taste
      The attack, which is quite oily, is fairly sweet. Again, the sherry
      pipes up first. Orange peel, raisins, caramel, wood spice. Luckily the sherry
      also speaks the loudest. The subtle peat peeks around the corner and midpalate
      you will also taste some brine. Nice spices.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather long and drying and ends pretty bitter.

  33. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A fresh, smooth, slightly creamy whisky. Sweet & sour with lots of vanilla and exotic fruits such as peach and pineapple. Although it may lack a lasting finish and some complexity, it`s a great easy going whisky which you can keep sipping all evening. Great value for money.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. Willie JJ scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I've tried this many times now and found it to be well worth drinking.
    Especially later in the evening when the tastebuds welcome a big dynamic
    flavour range.
    • Nose
      There are youthful elements here but it is complex and there's lots to admire. The salt air and shellfish are very pleasant.
    • Taste
      Soft fruit, barley and a sprinkling of salt amidst the sweetness.
    • Finish
      Chewy with a sweet barley rush but then drying and a little bitter.

  35. Feusi scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Some peaty but rather rough notes in the nose. It`s a bit less complex for a Springbank, the Longrow CV is really much better.

  36. hsmithjr scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This is OK.  Just spend a little more and get the 10.

  37. Petra_Brno scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Burnt wood, salt, wet hay and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, raisins, salt, ash and sour apples.

  38. alectron scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    the general taste is not bad, but after multiple sips, the dryness really irritated me...
    • Nose
      First thought I had was "Oh, gummybears..." then some pineapple o, vanilla +/o, honeycombs/wax o, a bit of leather o/-, yeast / fresh dough -, lavender -, chalk -
    • Taste
      perfumed sweetness upfront w a bit of smoke, slightly bitter & very dry, cardboard with a bit of salt and some citric notes
    • Finish
      smoke returns in 2nd wave with some toasted wood/oak, mint drops while breathing out, and more dryness

  39. JayDie did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    On: SpringbankDistillers.com:

    "What does CV mean? Chairman's Vat? Currriculum vitae? Curvee of Vintages? It means whatever you want it to mean, enjoying the whisky is the most important thing."

    See also on Het Whisky Forum

  40. Laird Of Islay did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    105 = CV (joint)

  41. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sweet nose and a powerful taste. A good standard whisky from Springbank.
    • Nose
      Strong and sharp nose. Sweet, citrus fruits and a hint of salt.
    • Taste
      Powerful taste, so much wood flavors.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish. More oak, and with a peppery finish.

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