Hazelburn 12 years

"Perfect for a early spring day to lay lazy in the grass while sipping this"

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A lighter style of whisky from the Campbelltown distillers of Springbank. Triple distilled (actually 2 and a half) to make a smooth and delicate spirit. Appears as an old-fashioned whisky. Honest, indeed, no filtration or colouring.

Nose

Fresh! I find lots of fruits, including peaches, unripe bananas, pineapple, sappy pears, mirabelle plums and yellow cherries. Very aromatic also. Earthy, salty. (water) This brings out barley and some candy sweetness. It becomes slightly acidic, which slightly mellows the sweetness. Hints of honey, caramel, and salty fudge. Bacon on the barbecue. Slightly floral, sulphur of stricken matches, and gooseberry jam. There is a beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity.

Taste

It is busy. There are salty caramel, salty butter, bread, baked meat, cooked grapes, mira belle plums, and a hint of peat. (water) Again the acidity surfaces, which brings on a delightful freshness. Grapes, melon, hay, old grass (what?), sunshine on fallen leaves, and fresh wood. But the sweetness is still there and provides the right balance. Sugar, marsh mellows, and honey. A hint of smoke too.

Overall

Quiet day in early spring, sun is shining, you lay in the grass, bees are still sleeping, but honey is seeping through, and you are putting butter on your freshly baked slice of bread. The image that comes into my mind when I taste this whisky. Not as feisty as the Springbank 10 years, or the peaty Longrow, but that is not necessary on an a quit spring day.

What others say

@Whiskybase : 86.25 (10 votes) * @worldwhisky: 8.9/10 * Ruben @whiskynotes: 80/100 * @ralfy: 88/100 * Serge Valentin @whiskyfun: 86/100
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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
30%
Sweet <-> Spicy
40%
Nose 86.5%
Taste 88%
Balance 87%
Depth 86%
Finish 86.5%
Score