Hazelburn 2002

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sauternes Wood
Stated Age
08 years old
5y Refill Bourbon / 3y Sauternes Casks
Number of bottles
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
03 Mar 2011 3:52 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 230.00

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554 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2002

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.08 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. TDMartijn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Had this bottle standing in my storage for almost 8 years now. When I opened and tasted it, it's as goed as I remember from the first tasting at a private tasting session. Love this style of whiskies.

  3. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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

  4. Spits scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. herby.usa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: vanilla, sweet grapes, delicate smoke, very light bacon, must notes, dark fruits and chocolate.
    Taste: Strong sweetness and good spiciness combined well. The alcohol is well integrated. With a little water, the mouthfeel becomes very creamy. There are also clear oak notes and dark fruits. Quite dry despite the creaminess.
    Finish: Quite short, dry and sweet.

  6. RobbievdB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Re-tasted this Hazelburn. While being rather positive about this whisky I’m lowering in score. This is cask dominant with just a tiny bit of hazelburn in it. Full-on vanilla, chocolates, rum-raisins, dark red and purple fruits. But it’s also really hot and fierce making it sometimes tough to drink. A few years extra in whisky drinking thought me the lesson of appreciatig balance. This is not balanced, very tasty though but a bit one dimensional.

  7. Wellington1815 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Certainly a good representative if you like the typical Sauternes notes, because this malt has a lot to offer. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite match my personal taste.
    • Nose
      87 87
      vinous, grape to raisins, sweet, spicy, herbs (maggot herb, lavender?), a little tobacco, vanilla and caramel, in the background also a little flowery
    • Taste
      86 86
      vinous, creamy, sweet, delicate oak (unfortunately with a slightly bitter note), spicy
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length, with notes of raisins and slightly bitter oak spiciness

  8. herby.usa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: vanilla, sweet grapes, tender smoke, very light bacon, must notes, dark fruits and chocolate.
    Taste: Strong sweetness and good sharpness combined well. The alcohol is well integrated. With a little water, the mouthfeel becomes very creamy. There are also clear oak notes, dark fruits. Quite dry despite the creaminess.
    Finish: Quite short, dry and sweet.

  9. GJR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Erik1908 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Strange whisky; not sure what to think. Very young Hazelburn on Sauterness barrel. Before tasting it, I gave it some water and about an hour in the glass.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Straight in the face on the nose. Even after an hour in the glass to calm down. Dirty, nice but not very complex. Red fruit all over the place.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Even with water quite sharp. This should have been kept in the barrel for another 8 years maybe? Surprising sudden mild touch of smoke. Thick and oily.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sharpness continues in the finish. Quite a long finish, but not the most pleasant finish I tasted. Dirty, but where I like dirty Ben Nevis, this is not as good as the guys from Fort William.


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