This is a 10-year-old bottling of Hazelburn single malt Scotch whisky from the Springbank distillery in the Campbeltown region. It is triple distilled, matured in bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV.
Appearance: Quite light, white wine. Many thin to medium trails, a few teardrops and a sticky viscous film.
Nose: Plenty of citrus, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The alcohol level is very well balanced, obvious but not imposing. Honey, some very faint garden mint and green apple appear next. The spice element consists of cinnamon, nutmeg and a little lemon pepper.
Palate: Quite a thin mouthfeel. Lemon pepper, apricot ripple vanilla ice cream, vanilla and white chocolate. A sharp berry sweetness also appears at this point. A cherry syrup and confectionary sugar sweetness grows as the dram matures. There’s a subtle damp leaf litter funk humming along in the background too. It’s a pretty straightforward palate but one I find very pleasant.
Finish: A little oak, that chocolate, cinnamon and some of the sweet elements from the palate last for quite some time, albeit mellow.
Overall: I really like this one, there’s not a huge amount of complexity on offer but what is there is very pleasant. A very easy sipper.