Hazelburn 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso Cask Matured
Stated Age
13 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
47.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Mar 2017 9:43 am by bert61nl
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 154.76

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Whisky Reviews for Hazelburn 2003

72 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.84 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. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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. 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.

  4. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Dominated by aromas, which I classify as missing notes. Significant sulfur, gunpowder that one almost thinks it was slightly smoky, tin buckets and a little sherry. Far too hot for 47.1%, oak unbalanced. He then drowns with water. The very tasty Oloroso note keeps it palatable.
    Another proof of my incompatibility with the Springbank distillery.

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pleasantly subtle influence of the Oloroso barrel. Nicely composed. It's fun to drink.
    • Nose
      The first impression comes across as rather sour, light Ztirus notes, nutty, a basic sweetness lies above everything, quite fruity, if you smell the acidity, creamy milk chocolate, biscuit, we are always sweeter and more pleasing, the fruit goes a little bit towards sour cherry
    • Taste
      creamy, nice sweet sherry influence, a hint of sulfur, roasted aromas, quite dry on the palate, nut, chocolate, but here rather bittersweet, a dash of orange juice, pleasant mouthfeel
    • Finish
      grainy behind, the chocolate comes through more strongly, the mouthfeel becomes even drier, fruit on the palate, light acidity, a few more chewed hazelnuts

  6. 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

  7. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Typical jumper and Hazelburn, greasy, slightly maritime and chew on it, nice part.
    • Nose
      Full salami bomb, sweet mix of oak chips, autumn leaves, coffee and chocolate, grapes, dresser and cumin, camphor and black pepper, dried tomatoes, oregano and thyme
    • Taste
      Salami again, sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, berries, dirty, dark malt, trail mix, raisins and autumn leaves, dark chocolate and sweet tobacco tin, baked apple, light alcohol notes, orange peel and match
    • Finish
      Edged oak, toasted toast, cocoa powder, camphor, bitter choco and sweet malt, long

  8. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    brilliant, basta.
    if you would like to taste a clean version of springbank 12 you´ll have to try this.
    • Nose
      fresh, fruity and slightly spirity is the first impression. undoubtedly springbank distillery. give it a few minutes to open.
      slightly chalky with freshly peeled mandarins.hints of oak and hints of earl grey tea
      very simple but very good. it never becomes loud but speaks insistently if you know what I mean.
    • Taste
      brilliant! take springbank 12yo and leave the peat and dirt away. there you have it.
      fat, almost oily with a big attack without any harshness.
      must have been a rather inactive oloroso cask, there are no dried fruits and big spices that you would expect. but no reason to complain. it shows the distillery character brilliantly.
      fruit against  chalk, cannot say more.
    • Finish
      very clean, medium to long

  9. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. keizerjos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The Hazelburns come from the Springbank stills. They have not been beat. That's the main selling point, so to speak; not beat. All in all, this is astonishing, since with this exceptionally good whisky I can still taste unmistakably peat. Licorice, licorice, dried apricots, cherries, raisins on rum - and in the aftertaste unmistakable fire and peat. Very good whisky that continues to please. Too bad it's empty. Even more unfortunate that it is increasingly difficult to get a decent price. I paid 65 euros six months ago, now it is only just under 100 euros. And damn nearly empty too.


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