Hazelburn 10 Year Single Malt Scotch
Springbank Distillery, many a Scotch lover's cult favorite distillery, produces three different single malt whiskies at their home in Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula. The flagship, Springbank, represents the vast majority of their relatively very small annual production of 750,000 liters. It is 2.5 times distilled and lightly peated. Longrow is their twice distilled heavily peated malt, named for a now shuttered distillery down the road from them in Campbeltown. The third, and smallest in terms of annual production, is Hazelburn (also named for a shuttered Campbeltown distillery). Hazelburn is produced in a style rarely seen in Scotland, with it's triple distillation being more typically Irish in style. It is also completely unpeated, showing a much gentler and subtle side to Springbank's stellar malt.
On the nose, orchard fruits, particularly pear, show themselves alongside fresh milled grain, orange zest, and caramel candies. The palate is soft and sweet, with more caramel, buttered scones, citrus, honey, and though it is completely unpeated, there is a wisp of smoke in the background into the finish. Bottled at 46% abv.