borgom wrote:dram, if you had to choose between Springbank 11 PW or Longrow CV which would you go for and why?
Thanks, you couldn't asked me a harder queston about whisky's if you tried.
I was going to go by just memory to point out the differences but when I looked at my notes on the Springer they read like a CV review. They both have strong maritime qualities such as brinyness and kippers. In fact I had never found what others describe as kippers until I tried these two malts.
If anything the nose of the CV is slightly more briney, which I like and the smoke comes through stronger also leather and shoe polish. The Springer has more soft fruityness on the nose like honey dew and lychee.
Problem is when I look again at my notes on the Springer after a while the other qualities I found in the CV come through as well, just not with the same force.
As I've noted before the Springer would make a great Longrow.
Now the smoke in the Longrow is to me quite different to that of an Islay. I'ts far more like a smokehouse of smoked meats than peat smoke. The Springer has that quality also but more subtle. On the palate the smoke in the CV comes in straight away where as the smoke in the SBK has a delayed reaction and comes in after a few seconds somewhat like a Yoichi. It's not that sort of smoke that wafts gently over the top but presents itself with assertiveness when it happens.
I guess the Longrows flavours are a little more accessible though I wouldn't class it as any less complex. It is easier to know whether you will like the CV faster than the SBK. In fact I could understand if someone had a dram of the SBK at a pub that it could easily be passed over as average, it takes a little more time to understand the depth of it's qualities.
I have never had anyone I know not love the the taste of the CV. In the end your talking about two of my favorite drams and I'd always like to have a bottle of each open. I actually poured a dram of each as I've been writing this and just found some peanut butter in the SBK. First time for that.
So in conclusion if I had to pick only one it would be..................the CV
.............no maybe the Springer................. but on the other hand???