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This weekend my vacation starts (a week with my daughter at a family resort off of Georgian Bay in Ontario), and since I'm not bringing any whisky with me, I better get some tastings in now!
Of course, I'm a huge Campbeltown fan, so I was very happy to find the Hazelburn 12. I enjoyed the CV (rating it an 86) so I was eager to try this one!
The colour is light gold with yellow highlights. On the nose, it is light, citrusy, with a whiff of Hershey's milk chocolate(!) I get rising dough, some brine and iodine. Water brings out more malted barley notes. Very clean but also very light.
The palate is much like the nose, with lemon zest and salty brine - medicinal but also light-bodied. Good summery character. Water changes the mouthfeel from zippy to creamy, adds some of those milk chocolate notes I picked up on the nose. Quite refreshing, and if memory serves, more body than the CV.
The finish is clean and crisp, with some Middle Eastern spices on the back like cumin. Nice long, gentle, exotic finish. Very close to the CV, but despite the lightness it does seem to have a little more body. Perfect for a hot day like today, methinks.