- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 21 years old
- Sherry Casks, European Oak
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 500 ml
- 1920s Art Deco - Mumbai
- Bottle code
- LBB3 A 160635 1407 19:00
- Added on
- 29 Jul 2016 3:56 pm by sinclair
7 × in wishlist
27 × member ratings
55 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for House of Hazelwood 21-year-old
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.08 points
- Unfortunately, age is not always everything. This has little to offer and the 21 years of maturity is difficult to understand. Probably there were many "drained" barrels at the start.
Solvents, light fruits with overripe apples, honey, some hay, mint
Sweet, fruity, a little vanilla, very little strength
Rather short finish with a subtle bitter oak
- In times of NAS it is refreshing to see new releases hit the market with an age statement (and 18, 21 and 25 is quite the age statement indeed), but the price tag on this one is hefty. Beautiful bottle or no, around 115 EUR for 50cl is not cheap. And the whisky? Nah, just middle of the road.
The nose needs time to reveal itself. It starts on very candy-like notes and lots of vanilla, before some dried fruit emerges. Think dried apricots. Add some brown sugar and a drop of honey. A bit of thym. The grain whisky does put its foot down with a lot of dry oak and a hint of banana peel, resin and pencil shavings.
It is silky soft, but also quite flat on the palate. Almost watery. That is a letdown. It starts honeysweet on loads of barley sugars, a mix of nuts and roasted almonds. The spices on duty are cinnamon and nutmeg. The fruit hardly gets a chance. I do have hints of dades, plums and raisins… but only hints. This cannot really be called fruity.
The finish is surprisingly long on dry spices with some hints of sherry.
- A little heavy on the vanilla for my liking. Some of the grain influence shining through and very safe/toffee'd, etc.