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Hazelburn 2002

Overall rating
87.96/100
votes
270
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sauternes Wood
Vintage
06.2002
Bottled
02.2011
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
5y Refill Bourbon / 3y Sauternes Casks
Number of bottles
9180
Strength
55.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
11/52
Barcode
610854437008
Added on
03 Mar 2011 3:19 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 138,46

58 × in wishlist

270 × member ratings

506 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2002

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.96 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] I scored this dram an average 85 points seven years ago but I took no notes why, unfortunately. This is a good reason to open a sample and do a detailed review today...

    ...and now I know why I rated this average only back then. This is a very simple modern "designed" whisky that just goes for the cheap thrills of the wine cask finish (sweet wine, bitter oak) but otherwise still is immature and unbalanced. For lovers of this modern style only...
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose is punchy and very closed first. After some time of breathing it offers rather floral-flowery aromas instead of the expected fruits of the wine cask (that lurk shy in the background). Some water opens up the nose, actually I would say a reduction is essential on this dram. Now some fruits dare to enter the spotlight together with stronger wooden notes but still this stays a rather uninteresting nose. Where are the malt aromas?
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is rather locked and shy too as was the nose but after some chewing it releases a simple malty-winey profile in a heavy oak setting. Some fruits, some chocolatey notes and some spices - this is not bad but not great either. Easy to sip, not more. Water turns the taste smoother but unlocks no additional flavours, unfortunately. I like this dram best when reduced to about 46% abv.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The dram arrives warming and somewhat coating on the palate with hot peppery moments due to the cask strength abv. The finish is of a medium length and adds no new impressions beside a drying-astringent ending (tobacco ashes, tannins). Water increases this with a slightly bitter-cardboardy note (aspirin in a wet box).

  2. schero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I have to improve my opinion about Hazelburn. I rarely discovered so much in a whisky. Above all, the influence of water causes miracles, which affects the overall impression. You could have filled it with about 50%.
    • Nose
      Very vinous at the beginning, also the alcohol is very present, fermented grapes or raisins, first flowery with some lavender, then comes more and more a sweetness of sugar, which gradually turns into caramel, water sets the Sauternes notes really free, here are now grapes, but these are still very dark grapes, also caramel and vanilla is much clearer to find
    • Taste
      Strong and very creamy sweet at the beginning, the alcohol warms instantly, an insanely thick mouthfeel, cooked red fruits, a slight bitterness together with a nice unobtrusive spice become more dominant towards the end, chocolate sauce at the second sip, here water takes the pressure out as expected , which makes the mouthfeel very good, here too the wine becomes lighter, but a certain pepperiness is also released
    • Finish
      Sweet and no bitterness, amazingly pleasing after this steam on the tongue, the cooked fruits dominate and stick to the palate, something is extremely dangerous, because you want to pour immediately, with water finally comes to Hazelburn so typical metal buckets to the fore, you have this Taste but know beforehand, otherwise you will not notice that

  3. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky, a spectacle of tastes and smells, just the Brazilian carnival, good with both water and without.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, spicy wood, old furniture, cigar box, pipe tobacco, leather goods, fruit jam, dried fruit, cappuccino, milk chocolate, fruit tobacco for hookah, sweet creamy notes, baked milk, fudge.
    • Taste
      Saturated, powerful, tart spicy oak, sweet wine, fruit notes, cream and confectionery tones, candied fruit, a little pepper, earthy notes, prunes, dark beer.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste, dense, rich, sea of ​​fruit, dried fruit, confectionery and wood shades, sweet creamy notes, latte, chocolate.

  5. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Without a doubt, it's not a bad whisky. It's just a little boring. The spicy side that comes into play in the palate is the positive side in this case.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Colour: Chestnut brown
      Appearance: slow thick legs, coating.

      Very winey, with dried fruit, sugar, and moist wood. It's not really expressive. Behind that, there is wafer with syrup, some caramel. With water, grape seeds and grapes. Still, rather onedimensional, but nice.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is not as sweet as the nose suggests. It's musty, which is positive, and it probably comes from the cask. Further, spices come into play, which is positive. It gives this dram a stylish character. Otherwise, it's the dried tropical fruit.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Rather long and balanced, not too sweet and certainly not drying. It has a combination of sugar, dried fruit and spice.

  6. Spits scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    This is a 'muddy' one. I like the dirty note on Hazelburn. There is a clear red fruit influence, but also a bit flowery. There is also a quite big signature of salt. With water: Not much of a change

    Taste:
    Clearly Hazelburn with a red fruit twist. There is the salty ashy taste, but also forest berries. It needs a bit water to tame all the alcohol, but first impressions are good. With water: There is an initial sourness added, but not much of a change here either.

    Body:
    Full, a bit creamy and a bit oily

    Finish:
    Medium length. Very much into the red fruit. Nicely fading away with some toffee and caramel. It get's a bit dry in the end.

    Price:
    Would not recommend to buy if over €60,-

    Presentation:
    Don't know, this was a sample.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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