Springbank 13 Years Old Green (2015)
I know, I’m pretty late to the party. But who cares? Sometimes I don’t really get around to things, but now it’s finally time to write some tasting notes on the Springbank 13 Years Old Green. This edition is from 2015, while a 12-year-old was released a year earlier.
The monniker Green indicates the use of organic barley. It is a 100 percent sherry matured whisky, but as you can see by the colour of this whisky, a good chunk was probably refill casks.
Springbank 13 Years Old Green (46%, OB, 2015)
Nose: Fresh and fruity (apple peel) with notes of tobacco leaves in the background, as well as a certain earthiness. A hint of rubber, as well as notes of ozone. The sherry maturation reveals itself as well, with a dark sweetness, as well as apricots and honey.
Taste: Subtle peat influence, with an even subtler brininess. The palate is quite oily, displaying a sweetness (brown sugar, sultanas), spiciness (black pepper) and bitterness (dark chocolate). Somewaht earthy as well.
Finish: A slight plastic note, but some warm cinnamon as well. Lingering peat.
My only criticism here, is that it probably would’ve fared even better at a slightly higher strength. Otherwise this is a great dram. Accessible, delicious Springbank.
Photo: The Whisky Exchange
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.