Provenance: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Typology: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 52.00
Official website: springbank.scot/
We return to the young men of Springbank to look at another of their single malt lines, alongside Longrow and, of course, Springbank.
One of the outstanding features of Hazelburn whiskies is the triple distillation, something very rare in Scottish spirits which are generally distilled twice (two and a half times the distillery’s flagship whisky, just to keep it simple).
A (theoretically) purer and more delicate whisky, with zero turbidity, in production since 1997, thus Springbank’s youngest label.
The name comes from a distillery that operated in the area from the early 1800s until 1925, and in its short production period became the largest in Campbeltown.
Only 10% of Springbank’s total production is dedicated to this line, which doesn’t have many official expressions (at the moment, this one under review and Sherry Wood), but as is often the case, there are many alternative versions: the same first bottling, obtained in 2005, was released in three different labels to celebrate its debut.
In the glass we find a pale, almost white wine-like distillate, very delicate.
On the nose, the profile is soft, sweet and fruity: citrus, apple, yellow fruit. There’s also a slight spicy note, which breaks up the placid nature of the nose, accompanied by honey and vanilla.
On the palate, with friendly vitality, the alcoholic thrust revives the score, which becomes more cheerful and lively, acquiring creaminess and substance while repeating the olfactory melody: lots and lots of fruit, with the predominance of apple and the accentuation of citrus and pepper, wrapped in vanilla, honey and brown sugar. Very full-bodied and caressing.
The finish is moderately long, and pleasantly drags along the flavours of the palate, with a predominance of pepper.
Not a whisky for those who like strong flavours, but very placid and with a good structure, well executed chamber music for when you want to relax without forgetting the quality of taste.
The Scotch Noob