Ah, Hazelburn. The third brand to come from the stills of Springbank. Triple distilled, unpeated so kind of different in every aspect apart from that it comes from the same stills.
I got a 20cl bottle of this in a pack that had all three CV releases when they just came out a few years ago and it has been sitting on my shelf since, along with the Springbank CV. I honestly have no idea where the Longrow version went.
And again honestly, I find Hazelburn a hugely uninteresting whisky. I’ve tried a few, the CV, the 10 and 12 and I believe some rarer versions of The Tasting Room and the Society. None have caught my fancy.
I find that the triple distillation, contrary to Auchentoshan, Rosebank and quite a few Irish drams, in this case has removed all character from the malt. At least, it changed it so I find no reason to spend a dime on it.
Let’s see where this one takes us (and based on the fact that it has been sitting on the shelf for years, I’ve kind of given away the outcome)
It’s fresh and spirity with a small touch of oak. I also get hints of bitter oranges, orange seeds and apple seeds.
Rather sharp for a 46% dram, with some wood and a bitter fruitiness like on the nose. A strange greasy note as well, and slightly floral. Dusty with some vanilla after a few seconds.
Wood, some malty, bready stuff and some spices all of a sudden. It does last a while though.
Weird stuff. It kind of goes in all directions at once, contrary to the popular boyband. It feels rather incoherent with a nose, mouth and finish that don’t have much to do with each other. The point is that all facets have something appealing to them, but then it’s gone. Nope, this will be emptied at the first Bottoms-Up tasting, which I still plan to host.
Hazelburn CV, 46%, OB, € 36.53 at Master of Malt.