Hazelburn 10 years

"Fresh and very natural character showing the smokeless spiritual foundation of this epic Campbeltown distillery"

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This 10 years release is seems to be a follow-up for the 12-years version. Although, for what I read about it, the signature is a bit different. Less sherry probably? As with the Barolo finished Hazelburn, some bling bling has been added attached onto the bottle. Does not need it, as the fame is inside the bottle.

Nose

Fresh, earthy and herbal. Beach sand and dry grass. Watermelon, citrus, pear drops, oranges (clementines), and lime skin. Water brings out hints of ginger and wasabi. Lemon oil and candle wax. There is a nutty undertone beneath it all. Acidity is absolute perfectly in balance.

Taste

Watermelon, freshly cut watermelons, and hints of of hay. Also here addition of water brings out gingery notes. Again very fresh, herbal, earthy and oily. Texture is lovely. Velvet for your tongue. Lemon oil, ginger beer and lime skin. Some sea spray salt in the the aftertaste.

Overall

So fresh, this would be perfect when it will be 30 degrees in the summer. The acidic balance is astounding. If you like this kind of whisky, this is highly recommended. No, more than that, it is obligatory.

What others say

@whiskybase:  84.00 (13 votes) * @whiskysaga: 85/100 * @somersetwhisky: 87/100 * Serge Valentin @whiskyfun: 90/100
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
35%
Sweet <-> Spicy
45%
Nose 87.5%
Taste 87%
Balance 88%
Depth 87.5%
Finish 87.5%
Score