Review No.160. Hazelburn 10 Year Old

Hazelburn is a single malt produced at the Springbank distillery.  A number of whiskies are produced at Springbank, of course there is the Springbank range itself.  The Longrow range, which is heavily peated and then the Hazelburn which is not peated.  The Campbeltown region is quite interesting when it comes to flavour profile.  I find that whiskies on offer from here have a mix of peat, coastal and a zestiness that tingles the tastebuds.  Just like how you normally get medicinal or ashy smoke from Islay or light floral grassiness from the Lowlands.  I can’t say the same for Highland and Speyside, I find that distilleries in these regions produce very generic tasting whisky and you will find sherry finish or peated versions within core ranges.  Anyway, I digress.  Springbank is a very popular whisky and they are known to keep the entire production process in house I believe.  The Hazelburn range is quite small with just this 10 year old and a sherry finished single malt available.


Whisky: Hazelburn 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%

Nose: Petrol fumes, malt, porridge, lemon zest, brine, salt

Taste: Lemon sherbet, key lime pie, grapefruit, malt, peppermint, vanilla, salt

Finish: Lemon rind, peppermint tea

Score: 3.75

Summary: This is a lively single malt that will challenge your taste buds.  This is mainly citrus led with strong coastal elements of brine and salt.  There is a freshness to this throughout the development with peppermint tea coming to fore towards the end. There is a bit of an alcohol kick to this to begin with where I was picking up alcohol notes on the nose.  I would recommend you give this time to settle and maybe use a drop or two of water.  Overall I would sum this up as being a very characterful single malt.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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