Whisky Review: Hazelburn 10 Years Old Rundlets and Kilderkins
- Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Springbank distillery
- Bottling: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
- ABV: 50.1%
What they say
It is the turn of the light but complex Hazelburn to be released after many years maturing in small casks (also known as Rundlets and Kilderkins). If the previous editions from this range are anything to go by then this is going to be something that will grab your attention.
Official tasting notes:
- Colour: Golden Syrup
- Nose: An infusion of chocolate, honeycomb and dried fruit combine well with a malty undertone, before a rich creaminess develops.
- Palate: Elegant yet complex with a combination of spices, sweeter candy notes, butterscotch, marzipan and sugared almonds. A rich oily texture is derived from its maturation in small casks, giving the impression of a maturity beyond its 10 years.
- Finish: Long, robust and medium dry. An earthy oakiness is infused with sweet salty notes which go on and on.
What I say
Dram #2 from the Water of Life Society (WoLS) meeting 7/03/2014 – Taketsuru’s Journey
Made from unpeated barley, triple distilled at Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown and matured in small casks (i.e. 60l rundlets and 80l kilderkins), Bottled: January 2014; 12000 bottles.
My tasting notes:
- Colour: Gold
- Nose: Fruity oranges and peaches, slightly meaty bacon, sweet esters, seaweed and iodine
- Taste: Coppery, salty and sulphuric with hints of antiseptic (TCP/germolene), earthy peat and bog water, warming ginger, with water this opens up more fruity flavours and smoothes out the palate
- Finish: long and drying, sweet icing sugar and woody sugars, with water finishes with a blast of sweetness
An intense 10 years old Hazelburn that tastes older than its years due to small cask maturation. A little rough around the edges perhaps but then aren’t all “Springbank” whiskies in a good way.
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