Hazelburn 10 Year Old
Today I've been helping Tom with his back to the basics campaign , by drinking Hazelburn 10yr (tough job).
Hazelburn distilled by Springbank in Campbeltown alongside Longrow and Springbank (surprisingly), what’s the difference I hear you cry! Well they are all single malts, Hazelburn is un-peated (dried with hot air - Tom has added here that the hot air is produced by an oil burner at Springbank, leading to much of that machine oil/note that we all get from Springbank distilled drams) and triple distilled, Springbank is lightly peated and 2.5 times distilled (I will get to that another day) and last but not least Longrow is heavily peated and twice distilled.
Springbank is one of the few family-owned distillers left in Scotland, making them one of the most sought-after. Anyway, to the whisky!
Overall a decent dram for the age. Hazelburn has a beautiful coating mouthfeel, a very interesting aromatic nose, and long complex finish, but the palate was slightly disappointing, I personal found it a bit one-dimensional but saying that, it kept me going back to find more, maybe to do with the fact its triple distilled (one of only a couple in Scotland). An interesting dram and decent value for money definitely worth a go.
Available to buy from Master of Malt
Quite aggressive on the nose initially (first of the day) but then baked orchard fruit comes through with brine, a little aromatic tobacco, dried mint and a tiny hint of fresh lemon
Oily and mouth coating with sweet butterscotch, then a powerhouse of toasted oak leaving the light citrus, pear drops and Aloe Vera notes hiding in the background
Surprisingly savoury, the toasted oak notes calming down and letting salted orchard fruit come through, leaving you with herbal citrus notes, your tongue tingling and mouth-watering for more (great finish)
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