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Hazelburn 2003

Overall rating
85.70/100
votes
338
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso Cask Matured
Vintage
10.2003
Bottled
03.2017
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
47.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
17/139
Barcode
610854002688
Added on
28 Mar 2017 9:43 am by bert61nl
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 80,10

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Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2003

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.70 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during a Springbank Masterclass tasting at the Campbeltown whisky festival.

    The nose is all about a modern sherry style with raisins, marzipan, demara sugars and wooden notes.  It arrives a little (tongue) coating in the mouth without hot or peppery moments.  The taste is on vanilla-toffee and sherry-induced flavours again (red berries jam, creme brulee).  The finish adds dark chocolatey flavours and is neither bitter nor dry, just like a creamy liqueur.  Some water smoothens the dram and releases more chocolatey flavours that are really nice.  But too much flattens it out.

    This dram proves that the modern sherry style can produce a very delicious whisky too...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. schero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The Hazelburn metal bucket is truly unique!
    • Nose
      At the beginning of the typical for Hazelburn metal buckets, the whole is played by a sweet mixture of coffee, chocolate and grapes, oily, a subtle spicy note is then dominant, dried tomatoes with olives, very complex and interesting
    • Taste
      Sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, the maritime metal bucket is also back, many spices and orange peel
    • Finish
      Oak with maritime influence, very spicy and cocoa-based, an overall medium length finish

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite fine, on the bitter orange zest. Aromatic and rich in crunchy dried fruits, with a very fat nut.
    • Taste
      Pretty dry, with spices, dried fruits. Touch is delicate.
    • Finish
      Generous finish, but with little evolution.

      Enthusiasm 3/5

      Whisky n ° 2117

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Copper polish, honey, yellow raisin, minerals, limestone, plaster, papaya, peat, blueberry, liquorice and cherry. Later tangerine peel and green banana. Water adds green apple peel and pineapple.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, peaty, peppery and waxy. Honey, papaya, fig, liquorice and orange. A splash of water easily tears apart that lovely texture, better keep it as full strength.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Great unity of the thick waxy honeyed texture and the peat. Mango, cherry, caramel, vanilla and apple in the background. Eventually some toasted - slightly burnt - brown bread.

  5. Joschbert scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky. Complex and yet tasty. In the aroma I do not feel the sherry as intense as on the palate, where it brings wonderful fruit and tobacco notes.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sour cucumbers, apples, rhubarb, honey. Sweet and sour aromas complement each other very harmoniously. A mineral note and extinct campfire.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Salt, now darker fruit (plum), guava, sea buckthorn, sage, cocoa.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Sandalwood, tobacco, apricots, dry-nutty sherry. Smokes slowly with a hint of smoke, tobacco and dried fruit.
      Long.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nutty-meaty Oloroso, coal smoke, ash, engine oil, bitter orange marmalade, and graphite wrapped around an acidic / malty core. Lovely refill character, sheer throwback joy in the age of first-fill sherry Frankensteins.

    Perhaps a tad too acerbic and tart for some, but hey, this is (thinly disguised and triple-distilled) Springbank, so that comes with the territory.

    Loves air - in the glass and in the bottle.

  7. Sandman23 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Did this one H2H with the 2004 14y Oloroso. It appear to be two completely different whiskies, where the 13yo is much more sour, and stronger alcohol. The 14yo has this heavier red fruit sherrycask flavours.
    The 14yo is much better in my opinion.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Strong alcohol, some sour fruits, prunes, raisins, citrus now too. Some marzipan, floral, and strawberry. Later on even some sulphur, and applebeignets.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pretty smooth, just a little tingling. Sweet, vanilla, milk chocolate, some orange. Later on some caramel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A little more pepper now, some dark chocolate and some tobacco, and bitter now as well. Pretty long, more tobacco, and now a taste like the smell of a car-showroom.

  9. CIB914 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  10. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sample #12 of the US BTC 2018. My guess was a 13-yo Longrow @ 51%.
    Fabulous stuff. Absolutely my cup of tea :)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Ammonium chloride (salmiak), ripe red fruit, earth, barn peat, salt, raisins, plums, caramel
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, red fruit, then salt, ammonium chloride (salmiak), peat, earth, metal, raisins, some caramel
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, not bitter, slightly drying. Ripe red fruit mixed with earth and covered in barn peat. Waves of caramel covered raisins. Dark chocolate on the back of the tongue

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