Springbank 13 Years Old

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On a recent trip I was lucky enough to track down a new-to-me expression of Springbank. Here in Toronto, it's a bit difficult to find much selection from the Campbeltown distillery on LCBO shelves so I always make a point to seek it out when travelling. I was thrilled to find one the 9,000 bottles distributed worldwide for this limited run of Springbank "Green."

Released in 2015, this edition of Springbank's yearly "Green" bottling was produced using organic barley and was fully matured in sherry casks for 13 years. Free from artificial colouring and chill-filtration, the whisky was bottled at 46% ABV. 




Nose: Aromas of peat smoke, damp earth, and leather underpin effusive sherry tones and red apples with an airy sweetness akin to meringue.
 
Palate: Unctuous and full-bodied with a warming nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness. The dram shows a lot of fruity flavours; raisins, baked apples, oranges, all held by a gentle sweetness that's kind of waxy, a little salty and flecked with toasted coconut.

Finish: A good long smoky chew of fruit leather spiked with a hit of menthol. 

Overall: This is quite possibly one of the best drams of Springbank I've ever had! They absolutely nail the balance of the sherry cask influence to complement the classic Springbank character. Complex, compelling and quaffable, I think I have a new desert island dram. 

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Very curious about this given the glowing review. Will keep my eyes open.

Clarification-isn't the Green 12 years old and not 13?

Just looked and saw they released a 13 after the original 12 yr old Green. Guess I should have looked at the photo..... :)

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