Hazelburn is made by the family-owned Springbank Distillery, and is named after a Campbeltown distillery that was open from 1825 to 1925. Springbank makes three brands of of whisky, Hazelburn, Springbank, and Longrow. All Springbanks are made entirely on the premises, form malting the barley to bottling the spirit.
Hazelburn 8 was tasted at Meeting No. 29 on October 30, 2014. Out of 5, we rated it 2.95, though we had some disagreement among member ratings. Hazelburn 8 ranks 11th overall in Scotch. Costing $80, this spirit is on the pricier side given the our rating of it.
Faintly smoke, like a far-off beach campfire; really light bodied but there's complexity throughout - floral, fruity, sweet pears(?) No need for water - this is magnificent as is.
Scent is crisp, light, and cold. Hits the palate cleanly with a slight sweetness, late finish of peat. Becomes hotter and coarser with water, yielding a less subtle transition to the peat. A tad of old wooden closet.
Nose: light, floral, slight peat. Flavor: salty alcohol hot, medium body, well-balanced. Slight barnyard funk. I like this for how it develops, finding more flavors and complexity.
Nose: Bright fruity taffy and a faint waft of cherrywood smoke. Taste: round, peaty, and zesty spice. Black pepper and fire. Lingering heat and tannic pucker. Somber and serious. Lingering aftertaste of granny smith apples and smoke.
Cotton candy nose. Mildly oaky.
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