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.
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.
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.
Medium with high sweetness and juicy fruits.