Hazelburn 2005 13 Year Old (Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection) Review

Yesterday it was Glen Scotia open day at Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019 which we celebreated with a review of a lovely sherried 18 Year Old Glen Scotia from Kintra Spirits.

Today is Springbank Open day at the festival and of course we’ll have a celebratory twofer review: A Springbank whisky bottled by Cadenhead!

This 13 Year Old Hazelburn was distilled back in 2005 and was bottled last winter after 13 years in Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection series at 54.6% abv.

Hazelburn 2005 13 Year Old (Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection) (54.6%)

Photo Credit: whiskybase.com

Nose: Cidar and honey, grease, pears, green with tomatoes vine and green unripe banana, shards of dirtiness, thyme, oily and eventually also sooty.

Palate: Dry and oily, dust, greenery, sour pear Cidar, honey, sour sweet fermented fruits, sooty.

Finish: Medium length, drier, farmy and greenery in the background, honey, soot and dust.

Thoughts: A farmy and Cidar-y Hazelburn. Not one of the easy going Hazelburns but I found it to be real good and rewarding after lengthy oxidization and a drop or two of water.

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