Green apples, pears, grass, lemon (malty and maritime), salt, way in the back some green "farming Springbank".
Hints of smoke (fudgy and malty), lemon, sweet salt, hints of honey and vanilla, some mint.
Medium. Lemon, smoke, some light herbals.
Well, this isn't a typical "farming Springbank" cowdung Springbank, the cow can be called a greenhorn here. Very fresh nose meeting a more substantial palate. This malt is very well balanced but not as punchy as I would expect any Springbank. I miss the Springbank farm layer.
Springbank 12 yo ‘Green’ (46%, OB, organic barley, 9000 bottles, 2014)
This baby came out in December last year, and it’s not the same kind of
‘green Springbank’ that Cadenhead had quite a while back. Those were
actually green, while this one’s just organic. Hope it’ll be more to my
liking than the organic 7yo ‘Da Mhile’ from round ten years ago. Colour:
white wine. Nose: were well at Springbank, but it’s a tad more porridgy
and yeasty than usual, while the sooty side remains there. Nosing a can
of pickled gherkins, fresh paint, damp gravel, and clay. The oak’s
influence is rather minimal. Mouth: sooty lemons, ashes, smoked things,
brine, a touch of honeydew, a chewy mouth feel. Green apple peelings,
walnuts, some mustard, quite a lot of nutmeg… It’s a Jansenist’s
Springbank! The smoke’s rather bigger than usual. Finish: quite long,
spicy, ashy, salty. Comments: the distillate does all the talking, and
it talks well (albeit with a strange accent ;-)). One of the austere
Springbanks, right up my alley. SGP:364 - 87 points.
N: I believe ‘Green’ refers to the organic barley although strangely this wasn’t stated on the label. Light bananas, pineapples and a touch of peat - mild mechanics=farm. Also, mild, soft lemon, praline and lots of yeasty/estery chocolate leading to a hint of minced lamb - coming from the spirity woody notes, so it seems.
T: Another dry arrival [after the very dry Hazelburn 8yo WB]. A sour<sweet=savoury, oily, waxy barley led development but compared to the 8yo, this has more oak influence - understandably. Shoe polish and a peated barley note appears on the arrival with the addition of water and also, mild chilli chocolate. More chocolate arrives with time anyways.
F: Spicy, mild vanilla and dry chocolate with some dried cherry pieces. Fades quickly and reveals the clean, quality barley that lies at the heart of this expression.
C: Take your time. Follows on nicely from the 8yo. Four more years equates to more complexity, would you believe it?
Scores a C
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