This is the second release in the Springbank Green series, denoting the barley used in the production was organic. It has been matured for 13 years in sherry casks, following on from last year’s 12 year old bourbon matured version.
Springbank 13 yo ‘Green’ (46%, OB 2015, sherry casks, 9000 btl.)
Nose: quite malty / porridgy at first (Frosties) just like the 12yo, but sweeter this time, with more baked apple and hints of raisins. Pear drops. Also coastal notes and leathery overtones. Very light hints of damp earth.
Mouth: sweet, with lovely fruity notes to start (lots of grapes, apple pie with cinnamon and raisins, lemon candy and oranges). Nice. Sweet almonds and vanilla. Again some damp, leafy notes in the background and subtle hints of smoke.
Finish: long, still fruity and sweet, although also spicier (candied ginger, aniseed, cinnamon).
A nicely sherried variation on last year’s Green 12yo. It’s definitely less austere this time, with more fruity roundness. More towards the 18 Year Old profile. I can’t decide whether I prefer the 12yo or 13yo, they’re equally good but with a different focus. Around € 85.