Review: Hazelburn 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

10 years; Ex-bourbon casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Springbank (Campbeltown, Scotland)

Hazelburn is the lighter brand of Springbank - it is made from triple distilled spirit, as opposed to the Springbank and Longrow which are not as highly distilled - resulting in a different spirit that we would expect to be lighter. As Scotch is typically distilled twice, this is one of the less common methods for distillation in Scotch. As with Springbank whiskies, it is bottled without chill filtration and without coloring.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Apple-y, and a bit raw with quite a few mineral characteristics coming through on the nose – it reminds me quite distinctly of seashells. It is light – peach, white grape, honey baked pears – but it still has that heavy richness of springbank that is a bit oily and waxy. There’s a light bit of a sweet confectionary element to the nose.

The taste is quite light – walnuts, apples, vanilla sweetness, and the lightest touch of dried fruit. There is a light bit of complexity coming in from the spirit, and the finish develops through vanilla and caramel and toffee and light apple and almond and the lightest touch of smoke. The whisky is designed to be on the lighter side of Springbank – it certainly is, and held a lot more complexity than I expected from the nose, and doesn’t taste too raw or young – also not something I expected based on the nose – that Springbank distillate is brilliant stuff. If the finish were more expressive this would be a notch higher also.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $84.