Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 44.00
Official website: springbank.scot
One of Springbank’s (many) particularities is that they have created distinctive lines for each processing of their whiskies.
After Hazelburn and their main label, here comes Longrow, a line designed for peat enthusiasts, which as vaguely passionate fans of the genre we have so far guiltily missed.
Longrow currently has just three bottlings in its portfolio: the Longrow Red, the 18 year old and this Peated, the label’s introductory malt.
Longrow takes its name from one of several vanished distilleries in Campbeltown, which had a very short life between 1824 and 1896.
With its usual attention to the history of its local area, Springbank ‘resurrected’ the name in 1973, with a highly peated combination of malts aged in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, known for a long time as Longrow CV.
Today Peated has (ideally) replaced CV, again with a double-distilled NAS but matured only in ex-Bourbon casks, with a slightly lower ppm level: from the original 50 to the current 45.
The colour is light gold.
Peat is immediately present on the nose, with a slightly acidic note, more vegetable than smoky. Unripe pear, lemon peel, a touch of vanilla. A sweet and rough smell at the same time, intriguing.
And on the palate the peat brings out all its ppm, with an explosion of smoke and chimney embers, of well-toasted wood. As the embers are moved, lemon, herbaceous scents, pears, honey, vanilla and a hint of saltiness spread out. Very warming and enveloping, almost like a peat tea to be sipped in winter. The dram does not vary over time, but remains widely (and dangerously!) enjoyable.
The finish is quite long, of ash, honey, lemon, wood and a very light spicy note.
Very, very drinkable, and considering the very affordable cost (especially for a peated whisky), really unmissable. Sure, it’s not a monster of complexity, and it’s unusually “snubbed” by reviewers on the net, but we need more base malts like this!
The Scotch Noob