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
Bottle code
Added on
07 Mar 2019 6:56 pm by SlijterijGerard
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 76,86

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Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2004

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 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. 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

  3. Sandman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  4. Volker Gude scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Fruity, strong, light ham.


  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. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

    With water: clearly phenolic, candy, vanilla, lemon, a little watermelon.

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

    With water: At first less sweet and dry and it seems even intensiever. The pepper gets stronger.

    Finish: Again nice and bitter - sweet. The yellow plum comes back and also the demarara sugar. Slightly peppery tingling on the middle of the tongue and salt on the edge. Soft, fading woody aromas, a hint of coffee.

    With water: The pepper is more present with a strong tingle 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 on the nose and on the palate. I prefer him without water.
    Blind tasted I would have typed here on a Springbank.
    There are 92 points from me.

  7. CIB914 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. 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.

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, but the 10er OA is better with me. I really like Springbank and Co rather with less sherry, as the great profile comes into its own.
    • Nose
      The nose makes you suspect bad, but only because I've become a little tired of the dirty sulfur sherry whisky. Because this note is based on the clean Hazelburn fragrance.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, then, the surprise that this is a very spicy, saltier, almost inaccessible dram. Lots of sherry, but not just sweet and brimstone.
    • Finish
      Spicy, sherry-rich finish, which hints at a hint of smoke and minerality of the brand.

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Did this one H2H with the 2004 14y Oloroso. It appear to be two completely different whiskies, where the 13yo is much more sour, and stronger alcohol. The 14yo has this heavier red fruit sherrycask flavours.
    The 14yo is much better in my opinion.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smooth, chocolate, some tobacco, spicy, like speculaas. Coffee and cappuccino, leather, roasted nuts. Also some eucalyptus powder.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smooth yet very full. A hint of smoke, chocolate, prunes and raisins, creamy structure.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Now some more pepper, leather, coffee, intense. Pretty long finish. Again a hint of smoke, drying mouthfeel now. Wood influences.


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