Single malt

Hazelburn 10 Years Old (46%, OB, 2020)

Hazelburn 10 Years Old

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: 10 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £37.99
  • Origin: Springbank distillery
  • Vintage: undeclared
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What they say

Part of the Hazelburn core range, this is a 10 year old bottling of Hazelburn single malt Scotch whisky from the Springbank distillery in the Campbeltown region. It is triple distilled, matured in bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV.

Hazelburn is one of three styles of whisky produced at Springbank, known for being triple distilled and unpeated, whereas Springbank single malt is distilled two-and-a-half times and is lightly peated, and Longrow single malt is twice distilled and heavily peated.

Official tasting notes:

Nose: Toffee apples, fresh honey and fragrant pears. Hints of vanilla.

Palate: Good mouthfeel paired with bright notes of vanilla and Crunchie bars. More lively fruit notes underneath.

Finish: Oily and sweet on the finish.

Overall: Early evening dramming, this one. Relaxed and flavoursome.

What I say

Dram #4 from Water of Life Society Tasting 103 Scotch Whisky Regions. Fairly safe bet this was from Campbeltown. A good waft of smoke and quite light character confused me – I guess I hadn’t realised how smokey this distillate could be…I guessed Kilkerran.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: White Burgundy (5/20), large, oily tears, long, fine legs.
  • Nose: Sweet, bacon frazzles, lemon citrus, slightly coastal, fruity, grapefruit, a little chalky and ozone/hot sandy beach.
  • Taste: Smoked and dry, mineralic, chalky, sharp citrus, lemon and grapefruit, oily and buttery, vanilla.
  • Finish: Long, smokey, salinity and sweet.

Overall

Quite basic for a Campbeltown dram, not so much the dirty oily dockside/fishing boat but much more coastal, clean salt-laden air, mineralic chalk and plenty of citrus with a hint of vanilla.

Score 84/100

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