Signature Hazelburn Golden Delicious apples, vanilla, butter, hint of cinnamon. This smells like apple Strudel in Christmas time. Mouth thick, oily, mineral, sugary sweet, a delight. As if that's not enough, water adds fruitiness: a different kind of apples, the idea of peat gets support, plus grains and hard Italian cheese. That is, water gives you additional layers to explore.
What first sounds like excessive cask treatment works very well here. Lesson for today: re-charred casks are superior to first fill casks as they deliver sweetness without necessarily pushing the whisky into vanilla-liquorice-pencil territory (as all of those aromas have been sucked out by the time the cooperage felt the need to restore the cask).
The fun of any Mitchell whisky is the erratic notes across the range. Unpeated on paper, there is a hint of peat here, although not as much as with other Hazelburns. The other way round, I have found the Hazelburn apples in recent bathes of Springbank 10 as well. Those who saw the "grain management" at Springbank can imagine, how these cross fertilizations might have happened ;-)
This one is in line with previous Hazelburns by Cadenhead's that came out in 2019/2020. Totally different from the annual Oloroso releases.