The year long wait for the second batch of Springbank Green is nearly over! As reported nearly a year ago the first batch of Green was all bourbon cask, and the second batch would be a 13 year old all in sherry casks, released Autumn 2015.
I tried a cask sample/preview of this at the London Cadenheads recently (as I did for the Port cask release) and I’m pleased to report that it’s fully awesome. It’ll be out in a month or so and won’t last long – Springbank are on fire at the moment and sold out their 9000 bottle allocations of the new batch of 12 year old cask strength and Longrow Red in about a day (tasting notes to follow shortly), so I wouldn’t hang about for this one when it’s released.
The sample is at 50% and is 12 years old. It’ll be at 46% when bottled and maybe we’re waiting for it to be 13 years old, I’m not sure.
Springbank Green batch 2 cask sample, sherry cask, 2003, 50% A⊕
Nose – Ripe with lovely sour top notes, very red winey. A belt of engine oil, cut floorboards and dried orange slices. Light structural peat, cut, unripe lemon and shredded sage. It’s like a slightly young 14 year old local barley (and that is a very good thing). With water (bearing in mind this will be bottled with a little more water),a touch of coffee, softer wood, more rich fruit.
Body – Classic Springbank – tons of midrange, engine oil, French oak, numbing tannins, red wine and black cherry. With water, dusty, dark wood and a little juicier.
Finish – Tannic, perfect sulphur balance, ripe pear and glace cherry. With water, very long, tannic red wine.
A classic Springbank – red fruit, tobacco, engine oil and very ripe.