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Hazelburn 2004

Overall rating
87.29/100
votes
217
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 9:28 am by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 77,87

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537 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2004

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.29 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. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The entire review is available on mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      88 88
      In the nose at the beginning of clear alcohol, then typical Oloroso flavors such as raisins, plums and some bitter chocolate. Also burnt caramel and oranges I perceive. Over time, the malt becomes spicier and the wood influence becomes apparent. Pleasantly sweet in the nose, once you get used to the intense alcohol. The sherry barrel influence is what stands out the most.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Significantly less sweet than the nose can expect. Strong in the beginning and nice oily. There is a decent pinch of pepper, coffee, baking cocoa, prunes, raisins and also the orange is back from the party. Towards the end, the wood also gets through nicely in the mouth. Overall, rather harsh, which I like.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Middle to long with dark chocolate, some orange peel, ginger and pleasant dryness through the wood.

  6. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

  7. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet, marzipan, blackcurrants, vanilla, ginger, raisins, plums
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, oily, strawberry jam, nutty, marzipan, spicy (ginger, pepper)
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, sweet, red fruits, coffee

  8. Itinerantspirit scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Sherry everywhere - dark fruit tarts
    • Taste
      85 85
      More and more and more sherry - and I drink a lot of sherry - chewy plum jam - a hint of dark chocolate but mostly...
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dark chocolate warms in the finish.

  9. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Color: Amber

    Nose: Terrific sherry nose is apparent immediately. There is warm spice, cigar or pipe (non-cigarette) tobacco, leather, and pleasant earthiness. In short, it's a well-executed version of a fairly standard sherry profile.

    Mouth: The alcohol is not at all overpowering neat, although it's not bottled at a particularly high strength for a medium-sized batch bottling such as this. While I don't have a ton of experience with Hazelburn (or Longrow) vis-a-vis Springbank, I'm not sure the distillate's character stands up quite as much to the sherry as the latter, e.g., the Springbank 15 yo. That's not to say there isn't a ton of character here beyond the cask; rather, I'd have more trouble identifying this blind than I would a standard sherried Sprinbank like the 15 yo. This is smooth (not in the pejorative way whisky enthusiasts usually receive the term), quaffable. The nutty elements start to come through on the palette.

    Finish: Medium-to-long. Impressive.

    Comments: It's almost boringly predictable to be a fan of Springbank bottlings, but here we are. This is both something I enjoy as a more experienced malt enthusiast and a dram I frequently serve novices who have a taste for sherry-matured whiskies.

  10. WSP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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