Hazelburn 2003 13 year old (Oloroso Cask)

Bottle: Standard Springbank stable bottling.

Nose: Wet grass, sauvignon blanc, sultanas and demerara sugar. Not quite what I was expecting. A bit greener than your average sherried nose.

Body: Medium and sticky.

Palate: Strawberry conserve, brown sugar, cafe latte and ginger biscuits.

Finish: Medium length and waxy. Cola bottles sours,  green grapes and white chocolate.

Neat/Ice/Water: 47.1%. A little watering smooths out the nose and makes it muskier. The palate gets a little smoother as well although the strawberry note seems to fade and be replaced by something greener. Tough to call so when in doubt go neat.

Verdict: Quaffable. I was hoping for a little more to be honest but this is an interesting dram nonetheless. I’ve had younger Hazelburns than this come off much older than they were but this seems a little younger than it ought to be. The flavours are good but somehow slightly less than the sum of their parts. It’s a little unbalanced and a little raw but certainly not bad value at the £55 quid that was originally charged. Currently still available online for about £74 which is too much for the end product. 12,000 bottle outturn.

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