Single malt whisky - tasting notes

10 Mar 2011

Hazelburn CV

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Hazelburn

Hazelburn is the triple distilled spirit from Springbank distillery. Hazelburn CV is a vatting of different ages (6 to 10 years old), the majority being from bourbon casks.

 

Hazelburn CVHazelburn CV (46%, OB 2011)

Nose: straw and malt aromas with some sort of metallic pear-like note. A muted fruitiness at best, and a rather artificial fruitiness for that matter. Cider apples. Some lemon drops. Quite some orange peel. A little unfresh. Mouth: big malty sweetness with cereal notes. Some oranges and vanilla cream. Hints of dry, bitterish herbs and more than just a hint of cardboard which seems to flatten it. Finish: medium length, with more spices and caramel.

I find this a strange whisky that doesn’t seem “natural” at all. I don’t know how to express it, but in a way this reminds me of blends from the 60-70’s. Disappointing. Around € 30.

Score: 70/100

Hazelburn CV 1 Ruben Luyten 2011-03-10
  • S.

    When I tried this one from the 20cl gift set which came with this Hazelburn CV, the Springbank CV and the Longrow CV I was MASSIVELY UNDERWHELMED too!…
    I reached the conclusion that the VERY FINE Longrow CV was BY FAR the best and most interesting out of the three and that the the Springbank CV was also quite ordinary too (for my own personal taste of course).
    If they’re going to present something new, they should at least try get right, don’t you think?!…
    I don’t get it!…

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
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