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Hazelburn 2004

Overall rating
87.33/100
votes
178
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso Cask Matured
Vintage
10.2004
Bottled
04.2018
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
47.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
18/164
Barcode
610854003289
Added on
06 May 2018 9:18 am by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 76,31

58 × in wishlist

178 × member ratings

463 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2004

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.33 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2018]  I am in the mood to test some new releases and so I bought a bottle of this new Springbank of the Hazelburn style.  Before that I checked there is no sulphur in there and the good news is - yes, there was not a single sulphurous cask in the whole batch.  Great cask management at Springbank, congrats to this!

    The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows small tears that consolidate to bigger ones with slow legs.  The nose is quite bold on a modern sherry profile with all the fine sherry and malty induced aromas a connoisseur dreams of.  All in a fine balance with not a single flaw that I can find, simply superb!  The dram arrives rich and warming on the palate with a fine coating effect and no distracting moments whatsoever.  A truly excellent mouthfeel, I like that!  The taste is even richer with a great balance of the sherry, malt and wooden flavours again.  It is not the most complex one, but it is impressive and very quaffable.  The finish is of medium length and adds more spicy and chocolatey flavours to the taste with agan no distracting moments except a minor drying feeling at the very end.  Some water releases additional aromas and flavours and turns the dram even more sipable.  I like it both neat and reduced to about 40% abv (the reduced dram is even more dangerously quaffable).

    Wow, this is one of the best modern sherried drams I had so far (even better than the Tamdhu Dalbeallie) and it is offered at a fair price point.  The rich Hazelburn malt characteristics combine greatly with the flawless sherry casks to a delicious treat for all sherried whisky lovers.  This is not a NAS edition and it proves that age does matter!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      The first positive impression is given by powerful and wonderfully balanced sherry notes. In the first few minutes after pouring the alcohol (47.4%) stings a little in the nose. Dark forest fruit jam and plums have a pleasant residual sweetness and dominate on the (heavy) fruity side. A beautiful nuttiness, plenty of chocolate, delicate hints of spicy wood and a touch of freshly brewed coffee give the whisky a contemplative "heaviness". I like it very well right from the start!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Full-bodied, strong and sweet onset. The tip of the tongue tingles a bit (alcohol & ginger), while a true torrent of aroma on the connoisseur rolls. Rich Sherrynoten consistently work on the taste buds. Dark fruits (blackberries & blueberries), vanilla tripe, Mozartkugeln (plenty of marzipan and an incredible amount of chocolate), walnuts, a touch of coffee and light wood notes are constantly shaping the aromatic process. The harmony excites me with each further sip.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, sherry-stressed and fruity-spicy. A nice residual sweetness flashes for a few seconds, which reminds me of a burnt caramel crust of a crème brûlée. Dark fruits, raisins, freshly ground pepper, plenty of chocolate, nuts and pleasantly dosed notes of wood let the malt finish slowly and warming. A slight dryness remains on the palate.

  3. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    HAZELBURN, distilled for the first time in 1997, is produced on the same stills at the Springbank distillery as the Longrow and Springbank brands themselves. However, the untagged Hazelburn Spirit is the only one of the three brands to undergo full Irish triple-distillation, using both the Wash Still as both spirit stills. The resulting new make naturally acts 'purer' than this of the other two product lines. Usually this is accompanied by a higher degree of elegance and fruitiness. However, Hazelburn does not seem quite as 'dirty' as Springbank and Longrow. It could be criticized that the method deprives the Malt a bit far from the classic Campbeltown character. But tasting is well known to study, and I personally do not feel that way, but I have tasted many exceptionally good and quite characterful Hazelburns in recent years. So you can be curious. Eye / nose Rich brownish tone, a shade darker than the ubiquitous 'sugarcouleur' ​​color so common in blends. In the nose dominate Sherrynoten and a good torrent of alcohol, the connoisseurs immediately know that the malt was not drowned in Spanish liqueur wine. The nose is not overly sweet. Nevertheless, the aromas of 'raisins and walnuts in an old wooden box' subconsciously immediately suggest to my palate that the malt should taste sweet rather than dry. The more time and peace I allow the Hazelburn in the Glencairn, the more solidifies this impression. Let's see if reality and expectation fit together later. In search of the telltale signs of sulfur, I find in my nose nothing musty, but rather a nice freshness, which I ascribe to the distillate. No traces of bangles, fireworks, decay or other similar flavors that often suggest other sulfur influences. Instead, a mixture of unsweetened cocoa powder and Turkish mocha, followed by the rich smell of melted, dark couverture, as one sometimes encounters on a marble cake. palate Very full-bodied, creamy and round. Only a light bite on the tip of the tongue is left over from the strong influence of alcohol in the nose. The vinous sherry, however, is quite unmistakable. Dark, ripe blackberries and an association with chocolate oysters characterize the taste. Vanilla brand completes the picture, flanked by a sharpness that reminds me more of chilli flakes (in dark chocolate) than of pepper. All in all, the rather varied notes present themselves in a balance that is both astonishing and pleasing. Is not there perhaps a slight smoke in the background? Behavior but unmistakable. Very elegant, as I have appreciated it in earlier times, in a similar way, in older Highland Park bottlings and even today appreciate it. The malt goes down like oil. As so often with Springbank products, the taste on the palate goes absolutely seamlessly into the finish. Finish / Conclusion Great, long, classic Oloroso sherry finish in which the impressions of the palate echo like an echo and to develop a caramel-like undertone. Slightly dry and much less sweet than I would have expected in the nose, but without having an astringent effect even in the beginning. Again, I perceive this very fine smoke note on the edge, which I already recognized on the palate. Active, non-desiccated sherry casks are simply something right, really fine! Further notes and reviews on Facebook at #Maltkanzlei

  4. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    This is my first Hazelburn and as a starter into the non-smoked Springbank whiskys he likes me pretty well. It is not the most complex in terms of its variety of flavors, but it delivers the flavors it delivers with flying colors. Sherry, dark chocolate and oak create a full-bodied and balanced whisky that makes you want more.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pleasantly sweet and noticeably spicy Sherry influence, but that does not come too overhand. Very light vanilla, recognizable alcohol notes. In the background Christmas spices such as cinnamon and cloves, but also some salt and freshness. Relatively well balanced.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very nice. The sherry makes a clear and vigorous oak mixed with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate and space. The alcohol is very well integrated for 47.4%, the whisky is very pleasant, yet full-bodied and balanced in its clearly defined aromas.
    • Finish
      88 88
      First sweeter. The dark chocolate becomes milk chocolate, but remains in harmony with the oak. At the end, the oak remains and draws a light spice before the whisky leaves.

  5. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    T he Hazelburn is certainly not everyone's whisky, but I find it really exciting, you have to give it your time, then it starts to unfold. Hazelburn is always something special, but it definitely polarizes. I'm on it somehow.
    • Nose
      A t the beginning of the Hazelburn is very bright on the nose, alcohol rises, light sherry tones, a forced pause of about 1 1/2 hours, I'm back at my glass and can use his nose. He gets a bit more intense over time, the alcohol is lost a bit. After a while you have beautiful raisin notes, compote, clearly sweetness and of course some metallic notes. You really need your time to approach this. After about a week in which the bottle is now open, the nose is even more intense.
    • Taste
      M a first impression was at the beginning very sharp, clear alcohol, the great thing about it, you get used to it quickly to the intensity and this can be nice hide. Because he is great nutty, with a slightly bitter note. Nice pepper, not at all unpleasant and paired with a slight dryness. The sherry influence is now becoming more intense. Wood comes into play now, a bit of caramel and coffee with some acidity. It changes its aroma and offers a lot to discover, it really gets more interesting the longer you deal with it.
    • Finish
      T he finish is fine, wood and fruit notes combine to spice up and keep you pleasant.

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. craide scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nice strong Oloroso matured whisky.
    Tastes good. I miss the typical maritime Springbank note a bit.
    Otherwise very tasty and overall harmonious and balanced.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nice strong fruity nose. Grapes, ripe plums, dark berries,
      Add some chocolate and fresh wet wood.
      A slight alcohol note is noticeable.
    • Taste
      86 86
      creamy, slightly oily onset, sweet with oranges and berries. Add marzipan and nuts followed by dark chocolate. Everything is very nice in harmony with each other. I really like these combinations.
      A little miss these typical maritime notes of a Springbank.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Slightly sweet, we continue in a mid-long finish with some coffee which goes into a light spiciness.

  8. wataya scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Bram van Os scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    When you are in the mood for a full, vicous, spicy and somewhat sweet whisky with that little sour smokey springbank funk this is it. It might be a little expensive, but it's worth it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy and sweet. Typical oloroso aged scotch. The Springbank funk is muted, but it's there.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry, spicy and a little sweetness. It's full and viscous without too much burn. Dark bitter chocolate in the background
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and spicy with a good deel of sweetness. Here's where you'll find the most of the springbank funk.

  10. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/springbank-last-years-new-forthcoming/

    I tried this before, but it was a very limited first contact: Blog[80].

    N: Oaky sugars, Kiwi, Weetabix, teak furniture and all the things that were being shouted out. A fun one and an easy reader.
    T: There’s more fun to be had with oaky sweet sugars and a murkier side that speaks of vegetal oily soup.
    F: A slightly disappointing [and frequently inevitable], waxy rubbery oloroso-led finish, but at least it held off until the end.
    C; There’s often a score shelf with these engineered ones, and this one hit it.

    Scores a B[-]

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