Hazelburn 12 year old single malt is a triple distilled whisky from Springbank distillery in Campeltown. First released in 2009 as a limited release of only 3900 bottles. Like Longrow (another brand by Springbank), Hazelburn gets its name from a long closed Campbeltown distillery.
Springbank increased the Hazelburn 12yo production a bit and 4500 bottles were released in 2010. My sample is the 2010 version and I must say, it is interesting.
I tried to source some info about the maturation, but it was difficult to find any more info than the fact, that there’s been sherry casks involved. Ralfy suggested the influence of other casks as well, port, rum and wine. But those were only innuendos.
Before Hazelburn, Longrow Peated was the only Springbank experience for me. That experience was okay but Hazelburn 12yo managed to convince me about the know-how of this well liked Campbeltown region distillery. Like I stated before, this is an interesting dram, mixture of dark and fruity notes – like a dark horror comedy by Tim Burton. Dark Shadows truly have fallen over a good, vanilla and fruit palate.
Ralfy likes Hazelburn 12yo: