Hazelburn

Hazelburn 10 Years Old Rundlets and Kilderkins ~ 50.1% (J & A Mitchell)

Hazelburn 10 Years Old Rundlets and Kilderkins

Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky

50.1% ABV, £59.95 for 70cl

Score: 86/100

Hazelburn Rundlets and Kilderkins

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.

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. rundlets and kilderkins), Bottled: January 2014; 12000 bottles

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

3 replies »

  1. Hazelburn is not a whisky I’ve got a chance to try (yet!) although I’m a big fan of everything going on down in Springbank. This has always just been a little (or a lot) more expensive than I’ve been able to justify. What do you think? Worth it?

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    • Hazelburn shouldn’t be particularly more expensive than any other of the Springbank offerings? Made from unpeated barley (which yields more alcohol per tonne than peated barley) and triple-distilled, Hazelburn has a slightly lighter but still malty and reasonably full-bodied character. One of my favourites was the 2011 Sauternes finish which was just divine for an 8yo whisky. If you are a fan of Springbank distillers then you really must try some!

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      • Every time I’ve seen it (which is admittedly not that often) it has been considerably more expensive. But that’s Australia for you. Anyway, it sounds intriguing. I’d love to try some if I ever get the chance!

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