As a "Tale of Two Brothers" I tasted the Green Thistle head-to-head against the Batch 14 of the Springbank 12 CS of 2017 - Conclusion: While one (12CS) is enjoying his breakfast with fruit and honey sitting in the dark next plumps and dark chocolate crumbles among the groynes, contemplating the plaster on his thumb DE:
As a "Two Unequal Brothers", I've tasted the Green Thistle head-to-head with 2017's Springbank 12 CS Batch 15. The conclusion: While one (12CS) enjoys his breakfast next to the remains of the campfire and freshly connects the cut on his finger, his older brother (100proof) with a bowl of plum compote and chocolate is already on the beach between the groynes and looks at it thoughtfully Plaster on his thumb ...
An intense golden gleam shimmers through the glass holding the latest batch of 14 of the Springbank 12 CS, and smoky caramel swath from a recent extinguished fire, in which the smears smashed with the rest of the molten marshmallow's mica , billows passed the nostrils. Freshly caramelised sugar remains, joined by toffee and a hint of malt, fresh, lavishly sugared popcorn, honey slowly becoming maple syrup. All of that is balanced, though, by melon and mangoes as well as the acute freshness of lime, orange and mint leaves, forming together the impression of a light summerly gravy with a few drops of lemon essence, which in turn gives way to the more clear and crisp smell of iodine and fresh gauze. The bourbon echoes of vanilla, oak and beech wood, wicker and freshly cut rose stems are beautifully balanced. DE:
Powerful gold shines through the glass in the current batch 14 of the Springbank 12 CS and after pouring, a smoky caramel cloud wafts its way past a just extinguished fire, in which the sticks with marshmallow remains glow. The fresh caramelized sugar remains, toffee and a bit of malt, fresh, plentiful sugared popcorn, honey on the way to the maple syrup. The whole is balanced by melon and mango and a luscious freshness of limes, oranges and a little mint, as a whole as a light summer gravy with a splash of lemon, but increasingly pass into a clearer impression of iodine and fresh gauze bandages. Overall, the sherry influence of figs and raisins remains beautifully balanced alongside the bourbon notes of vanilla, oak and beech wood, willow branches and the fresh cut of roses.
EN: Lightly smoky caramel and marzipan sweetness continue the nosings on the palate, the cask strength is noticeable with a slight bitterness, some dryness and a little tingle, but staying in the peppery, spicy afterthought of the light lime gravy. Red berries join the fray, as well as a salty maritime touch, some iron and cheese, all together again into iodine and gauze, alternating in their facets. DE:
Slightly smoky caramel and marzipan sweetness continue the nosing impression on the palate, the cask strength is noticeable with slight bitterness, a bit of dryness and a tingling sensation, but remains pleasant and turns into the peppery-spicy impression of the light lime roast , Red berries are still there, as well as the salty maritime note, some iron and cheese, which concentrate together again in iodine and garbage and alternate in their facets again and again.
EN: Finally, all of these are all in a good mood, which, in all honesty, does not complete justice to all the interesting and varied impressions of the nosing and tasting, but which is not the case a lovely smoky allusion like the lingering, husky remnant clinging to your clothes in the morning after spending the whole night next to the open fire. DE:
Finally, they lead to a creamy and warm finish, which, all in all, unfortunately does not fully meet the varied impressions in the nose and palate, in which after the initial spiciness but still remains a nice smoky impression, like the breath in the clothes in the morning if you sat by the fire all night.