Hazelburn 2004

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 235.77

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Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2004

94 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.88 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 86 points Expert Senior

    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. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    TOP - PLV. Well-integrated alcohol.
    No water necessary.
    With water more attack in the nose and on the palate.
    I prefer it without water. Would have tasted blind
    I typed on Springbank. I got 93 points.
    • 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 candy, vanilla, lemon, a little watermelon.
    • Taste
      Immediately fat and sweet again with everything that the nose already had. In addition, 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
      Again bitter - sweet. 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. Soft 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.

  5. 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

  6. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Three reasons why I wanted to test it. On the one hand, the Springbank house. For the second 14 years Oloroso. Thirdly, Triple Distilled and that this distillery only gets from the best barrels, anyone can imagine. So a good product should be created, always provided that the master does not make a mistake. The fact is: he didn't do one. Even for me “as a non-smoker”, this bottle is an extra experience. Maintaining and managing 14years of Fass & Spirit so advantageously that a whisky matures in the quality that impresses, demands respect from the management. This malt definitely deserves an award!
    • Nose
      First of all: If someone should discover sulfur here, then (for me) these are always delicate matchstick notes please and "no missing notes"! In addition, there is the unique overall impression of earthy wood smoke, tobacco, light leather and delicate sherry with dried fruits. I could play with water for hours now. My memory after the first sip was the chocolate "RITTER SPORT grape-nut" ... exactly like that. Brilliant !
    • Taste
      Full, earthy, with a dark cellar of sherry and foggy cold woody smoke. In addition, a bit oily and sour, with a sweet, salty tongue feeling. Everything dances powerfully in the middle and slowly spreads left and right on the palate with the notes from the nose. Earthy peat, tobacco, leather and soft sherry. It wants to spread complexly on the palate and I like that very much. And I always have the thought that it could pass as medicine from the pharmacy.
      He's so balanced and stable. A big movie theater.
    • Finish
      Medium to longer and yet too short for me (ironic). Now the younger age is noticeable. But it doesn't hide the fact that he held out to the end. For a 14-year-old, this is great and the delicate sherry, together with the hint of wood smoke, is always very discreet in the background. Wonderfully complex, it has everything from sweet, sour, bitter and a little salty to offer. Respect to the barrel management. My anticipation was not disappointed. The PLV is critical but for <100 € this experience is definitely worth a sin. After the big rehearsal it will show whether he made it onto our shelves. A big THANK YOU to André! First class dram!

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  10. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the 2020 13-year-old release, I would say this is just a slight nudge above. Value (£60) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Strawberries, cranberries, sultanas, cherries and red apples. Sweet caramel. Then some dried tobacco leaves from the oak influence. A mineral note of wet rocks that I get in so many Campbeltown whiskies. Salted almonds and walnuts. Then the pepper heat comes around along with cinnamon and some ginger.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour intially on the palate. As expected more of those dried fruits appear along with some orange peels but not as much as on the nose. Still sweet with caramel and brown sugar. A touch spicier on the palate, more chilli than black pepper. Then loads of tobacco and dark, bittersweet chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long in length. It again complements the nose and palate as it is drying and spicy with red fruits and brown sugar scattered around. I get more bitter coffee.


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