So oddly enough, and by oddly, I mean not odd at all, my coworkers wanted to go out for my birthday. And like the amazing people that they are, and against my wishes, they paid for my meal. So thank you Mark, Nadja, and Barb, you’re all amazing.
Went to Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar , and had a great blue steak. It was all good. The whisky list needs to be updated on the website.
So up first I ordered a dram off of one of my lists that I thought was gone forever. I had read about Springbank CV, however hadn’t found it out in the wild yet. Or at bars, where it’s more likely to be.
Springbank CV is a mixture of varying ages and styles of Springbank. Specifically it’s a mix of 7, 10, and 14 year whiskies, all from different casks (bourbon, sherry, and port, respectively).
All of these have been selected by Dwayne, the blind mentally challenged nephew of the distillery owner (Citation Needed).
Wait, no, that’s 100% wrong. It’s selected by the distiller, not Dwayne. Not after the incident (Citation Needed).
Anyway, let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: N/A in Ontario at the LCBO
Colour: 5Y 9/8
Nose: Currant, smoke, peach/grapefruit, leather, raisin
Definitely can smell that sherry and port influence on this nose. The smoke is quite nice as well.
That said, this really needs some ‘oomph’ here. I know I am drinking it out of a rock’s glass, but I am not having an easy time nosing it. Really light.
Taste: Raisin, smoke, brown sugar, pineapple, anise
Well at least the taste isn’t subtle, unlike Dwayne’s attempts to hunt the raging bear kracken (Citation Needed).
I like the brown sugar elements mixed with the pineapple. I would have swore it was a rum finish after trying it. Doesn’t really remind me of a Springbank too much.
Finish: Smoke, tropical fruit, brine, basil, pepper
Finishes like a Springbank though! Reminds me of the puff of smoke that Dwayne disappeared into on a haunting Arbor day night (Citation Needed).
The herbal notes are actually not helping too much on this one. They seem out of place.
Conclusion: So I will start by saying that I enjoy these types of drams. It’s a cool mix of different finishes and ages. The taste certainly is worth it, especially if you like rum.
That said, it’s probably not my favourite Springbank. It needs some more Abv, because compared to the 10, it just doesn’t have the nuts to follow it up. Which is too bad, because it is really cool and just needs that extra ‘oomph’.
Still worth having. Heck, if it was priced okay, I’d even buy a bottle. (Citation Needed)
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