Springbank 'Green' 13yr Scotch Whisky
This ‘Green’ bottling is un-officially organic, meaning they didn’t follow through with the permits and officialities. However, all the barley used is organically farmed in Scotland, mostly from local farmers in the Eastern portion of the country. Upon immediate inspection it has a gorgeous amber hue due to the exclusive sherry cask maturation, much darker and more inviting than the preceding 12year old expression of ‘Green’ matured in ex-bourbon casks. The nose is undeniably Springbank with fresh aromas of earth and seaside brine complemented by a wasp of smoke. More notes of leather, nutmeg and clove baking spices and rolling tobacco emerge. Upon re-visit the aromas brighten and tease at flavors of dried orchard fruits like white peaches and apricots. You may also notice sulfur notes, typical of a lot of Springbanks due to their distillation process. The palate enhances all these aromas, starting with the savory and earthen flavors, all delivered with rich and oily texture. Second impressions bring forward the zestier flavors of bitter citrus rinds like orange and lemon, followed by vanilla bean and honey covered cereal. The finish is prolonged with hints at lemon wafer cookie and more brine. This brininess of this whiskey makes it a fantastic pairing with freshly shucked oysters as well as richer dishes prepared with shell fish like a chowder of mussels, shrimp little neck clams.