Hazelburn 2004

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso Cask Matured
Stated Age
14 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
49.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
07 Mar 2019 6:58 pm by SlijterijGerard
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 154.85

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Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2004

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.87 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    These were a few very good Oloroso barrels that have been used here. The nose is just great and delivers exactly what you expect from a sherry barrel matured whisky from the House of Springbank - although I had to make sure in between once again that Hazelburn and not Spring Bank is on the label. On the palate, it continues as promised by the nose, the finish an echo of the nose and the palate. What more do you want.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Raisins, dried plums, ripe grapes, leather, tobacco and a slightly dirty note, which is usually found at Springbank. Slightly mineral and yes, even a trace of smoke can be seen. The nose feels thick and heavy. Brown raw cane sugar, almonds, toffee. Cocoa. Nice roasted aromas. After a while spicy notes are added: rosemary, thyme, cinnamon and black pepper. The spices combine pleasantly with the mineral note, leaving the dried fruits behind.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet grapes and at the same time a tart wood note. Can one confuse good with fine smoke - or does he have both? Raisins, prunes, sherry, tobacco, tobacco. Nice dry from the beginning. The pleasant woody note stretches out for a long time. Brown sugar, caramel, nougat chocolate. Also on the tongue he resembles a jump bench quite clearly. You could almost think that you have a down-diluted batch of the 12 CS in your glass. Mild pepper and rosemary and as a counterpoint to bitter honey and crème brulée.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long, dry, leathery, dried fruits. The wood note lays on the farewell again on the tongue, fine smoke passes through.

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    UPDATE: This bottle ages horribly. It ended up tasting like coal dust or graphite spray (in a bad way) and mildew at my friend's house. I will not drink any more of this whisky ever. I have an extra unopened bottle and I will certainly be trading it. Everything else I said (below), I take back. I examined the cork and it was absolutely fine. I will say that my friend seemed overeager to serve this whisky to me. I traded him the bottle when it was unopened. He seemed to like it still last time I visited his house about a month ago. I watched and he also poured himself some, but I did not pay attention to whether he drank it all down or not.

    Upon first opening, I needed to leave my cork off the bottle for about thirty minutes to tame down the brownish-red Mitchellesque genie lurking inside.

    The first pour from this bottle required that I wait a minimum of ten minutes for it to oxidize before I deigned to take a first sip. But, hey, don't sell the whisky short right away. Give her time, for she is a complex-and-strange creation.

    All sorts of exotically weird and Lovecraftian fruits emerged from my Haze 14 bottle that seemed almost otherworldly, along with clove, spices, the scent of Magickal Childe "bookstore" in NYC, old cracked leather car seats (complete with 1960's festering foam padding beneath), graham cracker, touch of sulfur (never a good thing for me), dark chocolate, baked seaweed crisps, sesame, fresh ground coffee, salted cashew, wet dog, damp rain-soaked forest loam in an oak forest, and a very pronounced yet subtle note of natural vanilla bean at the end.

    Said dram is indeed a roller coaster ride for your tongue and mouth senses. The dram is quite complex on the nose when compared with an average Hazelburn, or a Springbank for that matter.

    Bombs away for the bombadiers of whiskydom. Pluck the forbidden fruit if you dare.

    So what of the potion's overpowering sweetness? Well, it isn't so much cloying or mouth curdling, as just plain uncommon, and even unforgiving by Springbank standards when compared with the 12 Year-old 2003 Port Wood Single Cask, for instance, (which, frankly I didn't particularly care for).

    The quality of these oloroso casks is quite good! Springbank must have spent a lot of money using them as fresh fill for 14 whole years. With this in mind, the initial price of the release was very reasonable. Don't blame the distillery for greedy sellers who jack up the price on their bottles as demand and scarcity both go up in time.

    The Whisky Barrel is currently asking 250 pounds for this bottle. Quite an upswing in price over a short period. The business most likely raised prices upon receiving a second shipment after the first had sold out.

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Begins with Sherrynoten, who immediately sink into the wood and can be tickled out again with warmth. He is still quite comfortable to drink. Only the finish I found rather unpleasant.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    After seeing how well - sound good - who got away from here, I vow to put it in the glass again in a quiet minute and not to taste between the door and hinge.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Delicate dark fruit and hay, after only a few seconds, the fruit and all sweetness is gone, but now herbs are clearly on the nose. And smoke? Yes, smoke, but not much. Maritime notes and cough syrup come up. Heat brings back the fruit notes, but now much brighter, apples and bananas. Also more smoke and a hint of acid, some caramel now too.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very mild and soft on the go, nice and dense mouthfeel, tart herbs and slightly fruity caramel sweetness, dries on towards the back, slightly astringent due to the acidity.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The finish is a fairly rapid fading, can not reheat much at the low alcohol level. In the end he leaves a feeling as if you have just taken medication, rather not my case. The wood still sticks eternally (really forever!) On the palate, as it is the wood variant that I do not like, I find this rather negative, my case was not really.

  4. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    He has something medical, such as cough syrup ... very own. Spicy, spicy, very complex nose, tasty in the mouth and ... different, but not as complex as in the nose. Pleasant finish. I like it very much.

    With a splash of water, it is altogether milder, fruity, intense. There is room to experiment.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh sea breeze, spicy, iodine, salt, herbs, malt, nutmeg, dark dried fruit, tannins, furniture polish, leather, grated lemon peel, light sulfur (match), but pleasant, dark chocolate, tart honey
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spicy, light spicy, plum syrup, sweet and sour forest honey, leather, wood, creamy, nutmeg, light smoke (!), Herbal notes, lemongrass
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium to long, woody-sweet, cold smoke, ashes, plums

  5. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    with water: For me he is so well adjusted, he does not need water

    Conclusion: Just delicious, super barrels, the sherry is very present, but not overwhelming. Only the smoke makes me unsure. If it's really a hazelburn, then the smoke comes from heavily charred barrels
    • Nose
      90 90
      it starts really well from the beginning, slightly dirty sherry, raisins, tobacco, leather, cloves, spicy, plums, figs, dates, dark sweetness, a few nuts and, surprisingly, a load of smoke - for me, this is more of a spring bank
    • Taste
      88 88
      strong onset with lots of sherry, smoke, dark sweetness and some oak, plum, raisin
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium, distinct dark sweetness, leather, cocoa, plum and a nice spice that is reminiscent of rosemary and Italian herbs

  6. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Very nice sherry nose, wonderfully fat and sweet. Demarara sugar. Overripe grapes, tart yellow plums, fine wood and spice aromas.

    With water: Clearly phenolic, rock sugar, vanilla, lemon, a little watermelon.

    Palate: Immediately fat and sweet again with everything the nose already had. Also slightly salty and peppery. Bitter - sweet, I love it.

    With water: first of all less sweet and drier and it even seems more intense. The pepper gets stronger.

    Finish: Nice bitter - sweet again. The yellow plum comes back again and so does the demarara sugar. Slightly peppery tingling in the middle of the tongue and salt on the edge. Softly fading wood aromas, a hint of coffee.

    With water: the pepper is more present with a strong tingling sensation on the tongue. Then sweet sherry notes followed by spice and wood notes that slowly fade away.

    Conclusion: For less than 70 €, a very good PLV.
    Well-integrated alcohol. No water necessary. With water more attack in the nose and on the palate. I prefer it without water.
    Blind tasting I would have guessed a springbank here.
    I got 93 points.

  7. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior


    Dirty, phenolic and yes, slightly peaty. The typical springbank character is there. Salted caramel, orangepeel, peanuts, old leatherboots, wet earth, tobacco. With time, more green and vegetal. Hints of sulphur. Cabbage and radish. Reminds of the Springbank 12y. Cask Strength with less peat influence.


    Sweeter than on the nose, with salted caramel, citrus, hints of peatsmoke, maple syrup, beeswax, drops of aged tequila. A little tannic and sulphury maybe, but still very enjoyable.


    This is quite a character. As most of the offerings from this iconic Campbelltown destillery, it has its unique DNA and charme. A little hard to pin down, which makes it even more interesting for fans of the destillery. /87

  8. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Blind tasting:
      It doesn't get right on your face. Difficult to make a ripening there, but also Bourbon Oloroso.
      Very mild, but I still guess at 50%.
      Malt, cereals, vanilla, subtle, slightly spicy sweetness, predict 12-15 years.
    • Taste
      Again, very, very mild, but balanced and not thin at all. Predict 48% dry fruit.
    • Finish
      I only got this whisky from the new samples when I tried typing for the third time. Have to try it again.

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison with The Unpeated from Springbank Distillery 2000/2019 Glenscoma 56.3% (WID: 131903)

    The Unpeated (especially with a few drops of water from which it benefits) is fruity, sweeter and less dirty compared to Hazelburn. The Hazelburn is tart, has more oak and the striking Springbank character is relatively strong represented.
    The unpeated is quite clearly marked by sherry. But does not seem too boring or too round, because it gives the Springbank character even more complexity.
    The Hazelburn is already a bit more angular. He got some of the sherry. Here everything is a bit more distinctive. He has more oak and more Springbank notes.
    Overall, both are really delicious malts. The Unpeated has me, but for a Malt by Springbank, perhaps too few edges and is not exactly cheap. Therefore, I prefer the Hazelburn, as it is full of character and is also much cheaper.

  10. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Tobacco, chocolate, brown sugar, bastogne cake, cherries, sherry, raisins, plums and cappuccino.
    • Taste
      Chocolate, coffee, tobacco, hazelnuts, nutmeg, forest fruits, raisins, bastogne cake and oak.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, dry, oak, coffee, hazelnuts, cherries, raisins, forest fruits and toasted bread.


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