Hazelburn 13 Sherry Cask Matured

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A while back I mentioned some interesting Campbeltown releases, among them this one. I reviewed the other two, an 8 year old Kilkerran Cask Strength and this year’s Longrow Red release, but didn’t get round to this one for a bit. Unfortunately the heat has been getting the better of me and I’m not often in the mood for whisky.

But I finally got round to this and I’m glad I did. It’s Springbank’s unpeated Hazelburn label, this one having been aged for 13 years in a mixture of refill and first fill sherry casks. Their previous special release of Hazelburn was a 9 year old finished in refill Barolo casks and I loved the shit out of the bottle I had, so hopefully this one will perform to the same standard (although this time I got a bottle of the Longrow Red and just a share of this one, which didn’t last long).

Aged 13 years. 47.1% ABV. Matured in first fill and refill oloroso casks. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.

Nose: Campbeltown funk that with the sherry, creates a kind of herbal smokiness (this isn’t peated). Leather. Taffy. Prunes. Quite a lot of marzipan. Dried orange peel. Wax paper. Chocolate shavings. Oak chips. Light nutty wood.

Palate: Orange blossoms. Toffee. Yeast. Milk of magnesia. A sharp bitter wood note. Leather. Unlit tobacco. Stewed fruits. Light woodspice.

Finish: Long. Leather. Stewed fruit. Herbal funk. Yeast (kind of like bao buns). Lingering nutmeg.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5

This didn’t wow me as much as the previous one but it was still a very interesting whisky. Again the sherry was quite mild and let the distillate also do quite a bit of talking. I found it quite yeasty, and there was smoky herbal note to it which was quite unique.

I just found that it fizzled a little on the palate, it felt thinner than it should be and didn’t carry all the flavour through.

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