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Hazelburn 8 Year – Wood Expressions Series


Hazelburn 8 Year Taste Profile

Stats – 55.9% alcohol, aged 5 years in refill Bourbon casks and an additional 3 in Sauternes casks, Campbeltown
Price – $70
Color – Very deep chestnut
Nose – Rum raisin ice cream, figs, and dates
Palate – One of the three pillars of Campbeltown stalwart distillery Springbank. Undilluted, this beauty has tons of mouthfeel and blooms while resting on the tongue. Slick and oily with some prickle from the near 56% alcohol content, it still manages to be very sweet and nutty. You certainly get the presence of both the bourbon cask as well as the Sauternes. The finish is rich with maple sugar and sweet wine. A hint of dry tannins deep in the finish ready the palate for another sip. Those familiar with Springbank will recognize the diesel quality that shows up here as well. Adding water really opens up the nuttiness, brings in some citrus zest, and lightens the impact and richness. This is a fantastic whisky, yet somehow my taste buds were yearning for more fruit and peat. Don’t miss this fantastic addition to the Wood Expressions Series!

Hazelburn 8 Year Tastes Like:

  1. Talisker 57° North (90%)
  2. Glenmorangie Lasanta (87%)
  3. Bruichladdich 16 Year – Chateau Margaux (83%)

 


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Springbank 10 Year


Springbank 10 Year Taste Profile
Stats – 46% alcohol, Campbeltown
Price – $50
Color – Straw
Nose – Cereal, sweet, iodine, and a little floral and grassy.
Palate – Very light at the beginning, but the depth builds with apples and plenty of spice.  A light grassy character meets heather and lavender.  Fresh and clean, just a hint of bitterness, a slight wisp of peat smoke, and some astringency at the finish.  The iodine taste diminishes to a sweeter profile as it breathes.

Alternatives:

  1. The Singleton 12 Year (89%)
  2. Glenmorangie 10 Year (85%)
  3. Glenfiddich 12 Year (83%)

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