Hazelburn 2003

Overall rating
86.93/100
votes
394
Whiskybase ID
WB51516
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rundlets & Kilderkins
Vintage
11.2003
Bottled
01.2014
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Rundlets & Kilderkins
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
50.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
14/001
Barcode
610854000684
Added on
29 jan 2014 7:34 pm by bert61nl
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 549.33

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Whisky reviews for Hazelburn 2003

68 users have left 73 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.93 points.

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What a great dram! I wasn’t sure what to expect with some mediocre excitement in some reviews. It’s very similar to springbank 10. A little cleaner, with more salt, punchier, a little peatier (what a surprise!). Dare I say I like this more than my beloved Springbank 10? Pushing 91 to me, but let’s temper our excitement. A well made malt. I would seek out another. I like it better than the Longrow Rundlets (88)
    • Nose
      90 90
      A surprising whiff of peat (ash) to kick things off. Minerals toned down, some lime, liquid honey, peach and apricot. Fresh, clean, assertive.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, viscous, even slightly waxy. It’s not far off from Springbank 10 to me. Perhaps a little punchier. Lychee, matcha, apricot, salt, vanilla, very soft minerals, a little licorice.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Great salty finish. Surprisingly long with peach, lychee, lime, green tea. It’s a salt rimmed margarita, with a little ash in the back. Really great finish.

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  3. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. BiBo_38 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Fruchtig und ölig.
    Wunderbar eingebundener Alkohol und ein schöner mittellanger Abgang.

  5. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. Definitely an oily structure.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fresh fruit at the beginning. Peaches, red apples, ripe pears. All topped with a pinch of cinnamon. Minimal spiciness. A delicate hint of salt underneath. Light sweetness. Salty caramel. Something like a very soft smoke. Compote pears. Knives even some citrus. Biscuits. Over time, the fruit aromas turned into sweeter, more dessert flavors. Vanilla. A bit of leather notes.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fruit. Peaches. Pears. Maybe red apples. Cinnamon. Smoke traces. Leather. Light spice. Lots of salt. A little pepper.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pepper. Leather notes. Caramel, but a little less sweet. In the background, fruit in the ashes. Peaches. A bit of bitterness. An oak barrel, but in a pretty good shape. Long finish. Maybe some dark chocolate.

  6. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Campbeltown's distinctive peat, earthy, neat sweetness, spicy taste coming up from behind, easy to drink

  7. kanpai79 scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  8. user1 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  10. This_Is_BearDog scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    This is probably the fruitiest whisky I have ever had, and I love that. It unfortunately lacks the texture and fullness that would propel this to stardom, but it is really damn delicious nonetheless.
    • Nose
      Oh shit! INCREDIBLY bright and juicy. Clynelish-y. Honey. Candy necklace, but not too chalky. Raspberries and nectarines. Love that slightly earthy note on this.
    • Taste
      Delicious stone fruits all over. A little thin on the mouthfeel, but quite fruity. A touch of black pepper spice. Oatmeal. Nectarine. Grows a bit tart. It is hard to overstate how much tropical fruit there is here, along with stone fruits and really just all kinds of fruit.
    • Finish
      Sadly, barely any. The fruity sweetness is still here. A bit of spice. Honey. A little floral.

  11. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  12. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity, mineral, honey, sea breeze, yellow fruity and
      somewhat waxy.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, salty, oily, peppery, citrus aroma, yellow-fruity,
      somewhat flowery, vanilla, slightly ashy, woody - spicy.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fading sweetness, vanilla, a little cinnamon, a hint
      Cigar box, some citrus and slightly salty.

  13. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What a fun sipper, same quality as the Springer R&K but accessible way easier. Would be perfect as a Hazelburn standard bottling.

  14. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. Ninofdram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compared to the standard bottling of 10 (WID: 120188), it is even more full and fruity. The fruits are more yellow. Also some exotic fruits like lychee. In addition, slightly dirty and mineral notes.
    So overall more voluminous than the 10 standard, which I think is really good for the price. Rundlets & Kilderkins just makes everything a little better.

  17. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/yet-more-loose-ends-april-2020/

    This sample I decanted from a bottle I bought and finished back in 2014. I cracked it open for a vPub titled ‘All Roads Lead to Campbeltown’. Let’s see how I see things six years on. I shan’t consult my previous notes. Different place, different time, different perspective.

    N: Sure this has a bottling strength of 50.1% but it’s good to know my samples are staying nicely intact as the years pass by. In comparison to the Ben Nevis [WB], with significantly less sugary sweetness, the savoury > sweet citrus and phenolic minerality profile is desirably similar. I get a bitter soil note from cask and phenols perhaps, and a particular note of oven-baked then char-grilled lime from a dish I regularly ordered at a restaurant I used to play at.

    T: Boy this sample sure has maintained its essence. Decanting really pays off! With a little water, I get more limes/sweet limes/ baked limes/confectionary limes, with both oils and spice giving out some. A chewy mouthfeel comes at times. It’s refreshing to taste a desirable oak influence without overt resins or previous cask contents [Glen Scotia 15yo WLP]. There’s so much I haven’t mentioned, the light fudge, the sweet-citrus-laced honeyed maltiness,… Tonight I’m focusing on the general overview. Every sip gives a unique cask-unique & distillery-unique funk that wouldn’t be amiss within a [pure sugar cane] rum. Last time [so I did refer to my previous notes eventually], I mentioned candy and bubblegums appearing with mint and coriander, those last two herbal descriptors contributing to that [Chalong] rum reference/likeness.

    F: Soft fading finish on sooty = phenolic > > citrusy < minerality with a confectionary-fruity toilet roll-cardboard insert and ashy vanilla.

    C: This was a whisky sensation for me in 2014. The strength would have blown my buds! I’m significantly further down the whisky road but I still find this expression pleasingly and uniquely characterful.

  18. Gilles_V scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    My favorite whisky style, very iodized. You can feel the spray of the ocean whipping your face.
    The nose is great, extraordinary. In the mouth, it works very well but it remains not very complex. The finish is excellent, very long.
    • Nose
      What strikes you at the start is a very big whiff of iodine. There are even some algae that show up, then a little salted caramel. You feel at the seaside. Me, this is my favorite style of whisky.

      The second nose is more classic and typical of a whisky distilled three times (Lowlands): cereals, dried flowers.
    • Taste
      Salt, salt, salt. Power but also finesse. Not very complex but very good.
    • Finish
      Long, very long.

  19. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  20. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The lightweight in the Rundlets & Kilderkins series.

    Very fruity and unusually light for a Hazelburn. So far I have had the sherry barrel matured bottlings and this one seems to have spent at least the majority of its time in a bourbon barrel.

  21. Palindrome scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My bottle is a bit flat at this point. It's been sitting in my cabinet. I'm not a big fan of this bottling. It has a lot of things I love about Springbank.

    Such as . . . how did a bit of ash creep in here when all of the barley was cured with electric dryers? Residual left in the still from a Springbank run? Obviously, but how does that happen with a triple distilled offering? I guess from the first distillation and the ash kept clinging through the other two and a half like a phantom ghost note? I'm answering all of my own questions. Call me "the speculator" in this review. Herlock Sholmes. Deductive tasting (and smelling).

    No, there ain't any Springbank funk present in me glass, as might be expected if there were a toucha peat ash in thar. I'm not keen on what I take to be a perfume scent. The nose is slightly offputting. It reminds me a little of Bowmore Dawn, which I did not like. Other than these downsides, the malt is very good.

    I've taken off a full point for the weird perfume thing. A bit old lady perfumish, artificial floral seeming. However .. . on the positive side, there's a fairly crisp, clean almost dry mouthfeel as one would expect from a triple distilled whisky, but not from such a young whisky. The regular Hazelburn is too young for that.

    I like the finish quite a bit. It's medium but satisfying. Fruity notes here remind me a little of the Campbeltown Loch 21. A bit more tropical in this case. Papaya and guava instead of apples and pears, but then again that blend had some Speysides so it's not a good yardstick. I think there was 21 year old Hazelburn in the Loch, however, and more than a little. It's worth remembering this whisky aged in tiny casks is only ten years old, but it had a lot of contact with wood in such little casks. A pretty good finish for a ten year, if one can even call it that by industry standards due the experimental nature of what has been done. My favorite in this line was the Springbank, then the Longrow, then the Hazelburn. I don't think we will see other medium sized batches of little casks like this again. Too much work for Springbank. Somebody's pet project. But on a fairly grand scale. I guess strategically, it only added to the Springbank mystique as "that eccentric distillery in Campbeltown, a place that was once the whisky capital of Scotland and now is known for pretty much the brainchildren of the same guiding force (Mitchell).

  22. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great one, higher strength and cask influence from the smaller casks take it to the next level compared to regular hazelburn 10. Love it. 89/90

  23. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 21 85

    Very good!

  24. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    It has that great Springbank fingerprint, yet it lacks a bit of balance and complexity. That said, I would certainly not say no to another dram.
    • Nose
      Hints of paraffin and ozone, as well as a fairly outspoken minerality. It oozes that Springbank DNA. A subtle earthiness accompanies honey and wax, with some toasted cereals and peaches as well.
    • Taste
      Big, oily spirit with a pinch of salt, and a good amount of almonds and roasted peanuts. A hint of chili pepper too, as well as licorice.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and a whiff of toasted oak.

  25. DrBardamu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Complex, but restrained Hazelburn. Interesting whisky.
    • Nose
      Fresh. Peach, marzipan, hay, antique leather, medicines, herbals and peanut butter.
    • Taste
      Oily and fresh. Salted minerals, grass, almond, banana, pepper and lemon peel.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy.

  27. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A nice dram with nice flavours, but I expected a more complex dram because of the 'Rundlets & Kilderkins' It gave more vanilla and oak.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. Bodensee090780 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Matured in smaller 60 & 80 litre Ex-Bourbon casks which in turn impart lots of wood into this single malt which gives it more intensity of flavour and colour.

    95.5 Points Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

  29. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  30. chlinatele scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Special spice .. Drunk in a small pup somewhere in Scotland ....
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  32. el Gato scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. el Gato scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Strawberry jam. Sweet liquerice. Very fresh. Peachy. Grassy. Clementines. Apricots. Medicina. Hint of marzipane. Barley
    • Taste
      First sip very anonymous. Quite oily. Then liquerice, salt. Still fresh. A bit jammy
    • Finish
      Sweet spices. Medicinal. Liquerice candy, citrusy. Apples. Pretty clean, just slighty metallic

  34. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Well, not bad at all, very good, oak mole - the oak everywhere, but very carefully framed by other components, it was very balanced and balanced, I liked it, although I'm not a fan of the wood dominant.
    • Nose
      Woody, oak, fresh bark, old wooden furniture, a bit of varnish, the smell of dry potatoes in the vault, dust, earth, weak peat, a little citrus, light smoke in the background, dried apples, apple jam.
    • Taste
      Oak wave framed by a burnt caramel and pepper burning, dense and saturated, burnt rye breadcrumbs, creamy tones - toffee, fudge; dried fruits.
    • Finish
      The continuation of taste, the strong extinction of all components, everything with some residual halftones, dry, a little more remains of oak and burnt sugar, opens up during the tasting, becomes brighter and sweet, filled with citrus, orange crusts in syrup, lemonade tones.

  35. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/hazelburn-10-yo-rundlets-kilderkins-ob-2014/

  37. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 88 points Shoplink Moderator

    Every time I taste this whisky, I'll find something else in it. Great business!
    • Nose
      Marzipan, melon, greens, pineapple, citric acid, rhubarb.
    • Taste
      Fresh and gentle. Chewed blade of grass, white pepper, dried
      banana, French mustard, white wine, cumin, nuts, almond liqueur.
    • Finish
      Much long finish. Slightly woody. Banana, crème brûlée, a little mint.

  39. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, skin does not get out of my socks. Actually older than 10 years, especially thanks to the very well-integrated alcohol.
    Even after the second tasting, the overall impression does not improve. I expected something more. Pity
    • Nose
      Great nose with lots of toffee, caramel and vanilla. In addition a few herbs. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      The taste flattens slightly. There is some lemon added.
      At the second sip the taste is more intense and pleases better.
    • Finish
      The finish is a funny mix of oak, lemon, vanilla and glue. Sounds funny, but it tastes delicious.

  40. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Whiff of new leather, wonderful herb packed with mineral rusty
    and sea breeze coastal note. Fishy with smell deep with nutty oil. Palate:- Sweet mouthfeel, delicious roasted malt, almond. Lightly
    citrus. Usual Campbeltown boldness but balance and not over whelming in
    any area.

    Finish:- Medium length, warming and gingerbread.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  42. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peaches. New leather. Dried Apricot. Orange peel. Fragrant.
    • Taste
      Leather. Chewy fruits. Tzimmes (Google it). Pumpkin.
    • Finish
      Long. Bitter wood. Bitter citrus. Malt porridge. Waxy fruits.

  43. Dramned! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not just a jump bench without smoke - the Hazelburn has its own character, which I really like. He does not have the strong oiliness of his big brother, but is still very full-bodied and strong and shows a complexity that I would not have expected in a triple-fired whisky. Presumably, Springbank could distill 10 times and the stuff would still be great!
    Nonetheless, I will continue to favor the Springbank. The light smoke combined with everything I love about Springbank, just hits my taste much more.
    • Nose
      Unmistakably a Springbank - only the smoke is missing. In addition to the dominant spice right now a lot of nut and some cherry - although I do not like the stuff at all, I associate here Mon Cherie ... then a malty sweetness and other lighter fruits such as pears, green apples and grapes, soft creamy notes and earthy muffiness. After a while comes (finally!) Springbanks salty sea breeze - if not so present.
    • Taste
      Very strong onset with light floral notes of lavender and heather and a nice creamy sweetness, and then added a strong spiciness, roasted nuts, oak and a chili sharpness that warms the whole back of the throat fills. Strong!
    • Finish
      In the rather short finish predominate mild woody notes and some grassy-malty sweetness and at the very end at the end something like a very slight fine hint of smoke ...

  44. Waykid scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It has this pleasant side of marzipan and fudge of contemporary Sringbank-family profile without - of course - the mild smoky salmiak and liquorice. Maybe some sweet citrus and apple instead. Anyhow it seems to me to have a bit nervous and incostent, off-balance quality and water doesn't seem to help, so no real swimmer either. The basic twelve year old is better, lighter for sure but also more consistent - as far as I can tell.

  45. Doctor B. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  46. spinky scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  47. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  48. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  49. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Tripple distilling make it very smooth, and the small casks give it lots of flavours and complexity. An instant hit in my book.
    • Nose
      All kinds of sweetness, caramel, fruits, hazelnuts, butter cookies.

      I keep finding new and interesting things every time I put my nose to it. Also some fresher citrusy fruits, but the sweetness wafts back and wants to be in front. Very gentle and a deep sniff is necesarry the detect the higher ABV.
    • Taste
      Again pleasant sweetness, lots of almonds, ABV can be noticed as some spicyness, but I would not have guessed 50%

      Very creamy, almost fat.
    • Finish
      Rich, warm, creamy. Almonds turns to hazel and fudge, some light tobacco comes through. Quite long and complex as it goes through a register of warm sweetness.

  50. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Thought it was a bit pricy for a 10yo when I picked it up, but so far the best whisky I've bought this year and well worth the €100
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  51. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      sweet notes, beeswax, vanilla, cream, exotic fruits and peach.
    • Taste
      sweet notes, dried fruits, almonds, beeswax, vanilla and honey.
    • Finish
      long, sweet notes, almonds and caramel.

  52. Snerik scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Dried peach, yellow plums, honey, cacao and almonds. Quite an expressive nose! 
    • Taste
      Some pepper, yellow fruit, honey and peach! 
    • Finish
      Grand, long finish. A lot of dried tropical fruit coming through here, together with notes of almonds and hazelnuts. 

  53. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This was my first Hazelburn dram, but it will be not my last. I was overwhelmed by this taste!

  54. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  55. jamesis48 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Characteristics of a Springbank- well balanced. Very refined. It has a nice golden colour. It doesn't require too much water to get the intensity. In terms of nose, limey with flowery perfume and sweet. Tastes of vanilla and lime. Loads of character but doesn't bite. Very subtle but with great character over time.  Finishes in a very creamy manner. May not have the body of some of the other drams. As a result just a drop of water will do to really taste each of the well balanced characteristics.  It does not deliver a heavy blow. It is delivers a pleasant experience with small surprises along the way and ends with a warm creamy touch! Great unique addition to my collection. 

  56. bvrsky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this whisky @ dim's
    dram, and I instantly liked it, and bought it. Then again it appeared in the lineup
    @ the club tasting @ The Friends of the Quaich. My number 3 of the evening, The
    number 2 of the tasting with 45 points.

  57. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    ralfy stuff on youtube : whisky review 445 - Hazelburn 10yo Rundlets & Kilderkins @ 50.1%

    rates @ 89

  58. Magnus Hillman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Well balanced and full of flavors and yet there are something missing. It's quite light as expected from a triple distilled spirit. I remember Hazelburn as more complex than this one. This is a good summer dram and is in the same category as some well balanced good blends that are considerably more affordable.

    (Rating interval 83-86)
    • Nose
      Fruity and creamy on the nose, white sugar, like putting your nose in a package of dry granulated sugar. That is, not the sweetness but rather the dry and dusty impression. There is also canned peaches, honey and vanilla syrup. A few drops of water highlight the green apples from the fruitiness but also lemongrass and pepper are coming through.
    • Taste
      A bitter-sweet arrival with some pepper at the front. The pepper turn out to be white pepper during the development and some slightly smoky elements back it up. Licorice and vanilla together with some spicy metal note as well. Water brings out some bitter oak.
    • Finish
      The finish is short but warm and creamy. White pepper, malt, table salt and very subtle smoke make a brief appearance.

  59. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Beautiful, unspoilt, without frills - for over 70 ¬ no bargain, but also not outrageous.
    • Nose
      Cereals and fresh wood, lemon, some sweetness (vanilla, honey), lemon
    • Taste
      Cereals, roasted aromas, honey, with a slightly bitter fruitiness - lime, salt and dry wood, a bit of sharpness, which I can not define more precisely
    • Finish
      medium length, lime, dry wood, tobacco

  60. mortimer scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Pure, unadulterated whisky in the traditional style, in which the Fasscharakter does not drown the character of the distillate. Therefore, this whisky in the current finishing craze is almost a piece of nostalgia. Easy to drink without water.
    • Nose
      Aroma of roasted barley grains. Elegant sweetie. Fresh sawdust from the joinery.
    • Taste
      Exactly what the nose promises. One bites into sweet, roasted barley grains. Little fruitiness, rather dry and a little woody.
    • Finish
      Just the same. Exactly what you expect.

  61. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  62. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey, oaky, earthy, fruity (lime, lemon), coastal 
    • Taste
      Full body, sweet, creamy, honey, vanilla, lemon, spicy (curry, peppery), oaky
    • Finish
      Long, oaky, mint, lemony, grassy

  63. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is dominated by sugar and honey. The taste is oily, sweet and salty at the same time !! The finish is dominated by apricot, vanilla combined with a hint of smoke - although the Hazelburn should not contain smoke. !! No water needed.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  64. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Single dram. Blind tasting. 2014_03
    • Nose
      honey, barley sugar, apricots, tobacco, eggy, hay, (86).
    • Taste
      sweet, oily, minderal/sandy, apricots, spices, salty (86).
    • Finish
      more apricots, vanilla, tobacco, faint smoke, curry (86).

  65. Zumbar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  66. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Typed and should be even better with aeration
    • Nose
      Closed at the opening, a little floral, very slightly peaty, vanilla, fruits
    • Taste
      Pretty smoked in the mouth and fat
    • Finish
      long

  67. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      fruity, vanilla, some smoke, oily, citrus - lemon, noga and wax
    • Taste
      oily, some ashes, liquorice and fruity    
    • Finish
      bitter fruits, vanilla and some smoke    

  68. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  69. ralfh scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A decent whisky for a good price 84 points
    • Nose
      Almond, hazelnut, vanilla, sweetness, alcohol well integrated, citrus fruits
    • Taste
      Hot on the tongue, sweetness, chocolate, white pepper, ginger
    • Finish
      Long finish, pepper rising, warming, sweeter ending long

  70. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    SAMPLE

    N: Light honey sweetness initially coming across as speyside in style. Undefined dried fruits with ginger and chocolate. The special quality of this nose however is in the culmination of a rich, yeasty, grainy freshness with a mineral water quality and salty sea ozone, Its gritty too, clean and gritty, marvellous. Its a tricky nose to pin down as its layered and complex. I just got papaya and dried pineapples, clear as day. This is a worker and it duly rewards.
    T: Suprising bold oil based, peppery, salty mouthful, wood oils, herbals and botanicals follow before the malt sweetens slightly but the oil base remains true. Theres a zingy potency all the way through. Later a creamy sweetness joins the savoury oily arrival.
    F: Quicky fades revealing the woody herbal malt with a mineral saline finish before liquorice, lime gelatine, vanilla and ash appear as an encore. The grain is in tact from start to finish despite everything else going on.
    C: Complex nose if you spend time with it. The palate on the other hand is a different beast and a wonderful one, aided by the smaller casks used. This is a whisky that changes with every sip and every smell, terrific stuff.

    Scores a B+

    BOTTLE

    N: Yeasty, bitty pumkin seeds and mineraly honey wine opening gambit for the nostrils, thick; sweet; nutty peat - oily and treacly, or maybe its more an oily syrup, either way its a delight. Ripe, hot bananas and over-ripe pears, cut potatoes, salt lake saltiness, stewed citrus fruits, hints of blueberry muffin and slow berries but ahh! now I’ve got it - its banana loaf, eggy banana loaf. concluding with dried comfrey and raspberry leaf tea. Most engaging nose with Speyside notes all the way through, and yes i know its a Campbeltown malt from the opposite side of Scotland.

    T: Oily, sweet and grainy [soft refined flours] becoming more lively as the green [cress] and fresh wood shows its oily card. The grain sweetness balances out any harsh bitterness. The wood spices get warm before some candy and bubblegums appear with mint and coriander.

    F: A substantial mellowing after the build, the candy turning to a waxy fennel, some citrus malt and carboxymethyl cellulose [thats E466, found in most icecream], but the malty spirit survives the journey all the way through. Aniseed and a touch of vanilla ash or maybe dust, yes dust - to finish

    C: Its not often you find a nose is as equally fascinating as the taste, but heres a great example.  There were so many tastes here that i couldn’t quite put my finger on, and the bottle went down so easily. [with many dad noises vocalised] that ill need another bottle to complete my impressions, hehe.  When i was a kid, a Japanese friend brought over a weird liquid plastic solution that came in a tube [red and blue] that you could pour onto a plate and, using a straw, blow little bubbles that set hard in the air. Whatever that stuff was, I got the taste from the smell of that stuff on the palate and some other equally weird and particular reminiscences even down to a smell that envoked my first game of hand shadow puppets, fantastic! This Hazelburn comes highly recommended as a fascinating and equally quaffable whisky.

    Scores a B++

  71. Gronqvist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted the 19/3-2014, at Campbeltown Whisky Tasting incurred by Juul's Wine & Spirits in Copenhagen and held by Springbank export manager Melanie Stranger.
    • Nose
      Sweet, creamy and perfumed with notes of dried fruit, sea salt, chocolate, malt, mango, vanlije, almond, honey, apricot and prune. 
    • Taste
      Elegant and complex with notes of butterscotch, marzipan, dry, barley, peach, orange, almonds, sugar, honey, lime and candy. 
    • Finish
      Long and dry malt, orange, caramel, cedar, crème Brûlée, oak barrels and old Cognac.

  72. Superted scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet smoky varnish licorice rubber citrus
    • Taste
      spicy gingerbread salmiak

  73. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For a non-peated malt, the ashy character is remarkable. Also that perfumy rose scent is very particular. The current average score of 87.5 is exactly right in my opinion, I'm having a hard time choosing between 87 and 88.
    • Nose
      First rose perfume, very sweet. Then lime, mango, apricot, papaya, ginger, vanilla, caramel, almond and a little malt.
    • Taste
      Lime, ash, mango, chocolate, honey, vanilla, litchi and roses.
    • Finish
      Mocha, lime, ash, caramel, lychee and again those rose petals.

  74. bert61nl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Golden Syrup

    Nose: An infusion of chocolate, honeycomb and dried fruit combine well with a malty undertone, before a rich creaminess develops. ...

    Palate: Elegant yet complex with a combination of spices, sweeter candy notes, butterscotch, marzipan and sugared almonds. A rich oily texture is derived from its maturation in small casks, giving the impression of a maturity beyond its 10 years.

    Finish: Long, robust and medium dry. An earthy oakiness is infused with sweet salty notes which go on and on.

    Source: Springbank Distillers

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