This is one with a bit of history. I ordered it from the Society back in 2019, and even though I tried arranging pick-up or delivery quite a few times, it never actually happened. I was only able to pick it up last March when visiting Mark Watt in Campbeltown.
Luckily, one of my friends was clever enough to point out I should check before we drove off, and so it was during lunch at a local pub I found out they had given me the wrong bottle. Back to the Cadenhead shop in Campebletown once more!
Anyway, after getting this back home I made some samples, and a little while after that I sat down to actually taste this.
There’s oak and barley. And, surprisingly for a re-char cask, not too much wood. Caramel apples, coastal salinity and some hessian. Candied lemon and baked apple too.
Dry, quite sharp, with notes of straw, barley and grist. Apple, sweetened lemon, coconut.
A warming finish. Slightly sweet with apple compote, sand biscuits. A very long and gentle finish.
I generally am not too keen on Hazelburn whiskies. I’ve had quite a few that just didn’t sit well with me, even though I tend to absolutely adore Springbank and Longrow. With them coming from the same distillery and the same still I still find that surprising.
This one, though, is very very good. It’s a very straight forward dram with the wood not being forced too much. As said, surprising for a re-char cask, they tend to go all in on the oak. I love how it’s a very old fashioned dram, it somehow is soothing because of it!