Hazelburn 12 Year

Single Malt — Campbeltown, Scotland

Tasted October 23, 2019
3.5 out of 5 stars
The nose is very malty with a big dose of salt and a hint of caramel and some oak. I get some dry sherry notes, something like fino. The palate is definitely light, with lots of biscuity malt at the front. The flavor is light, but the texture is oily. It's got a bit of a funky flavor, which I associate with Springbank, it's probably in part due to the sherry cask aging. There is a pleasant saltiness to the whole package. I get sherry notes in this, but they are dry - more like fino and not PX. I get a bit of lemon zest, again likely from the sherry. Something about the finish reminds me of yellow cake. The finish is very astringent with some dry woody notes, but it's not "licking a board" woody. This is not my favorite whiskey from the Springbank family, but it's definitely unique amongst their lineup. It's one of the most malt forward scotches that I've had in recent memory.