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Arguably the most traditional of Scottish distilleries, Springbank continues to surprise with its somewhat paradoxical commitment to innovation and pushing the whisky envelope. In addition to the Springbank malt, which is released at varying ages and with varying wood conditionings, the distillery makes a peated malt, Longrow, and now a triple distilled malt, Hazelburn.
While there might be some expected similarities between this triple distilled malt and some Irish malts, Hazelburn retains its Campbeltown character.
Color: Probably the least important of all judgment categories - but I would like to comment on the color of this malt: it has a slightly tarnished copper hue.
Nose: Lush sherry. Coconut cake frosting with some mint in the background.
Palate: Quite light body with a nice sherry wood/malt interplay. A bit oily; salty as well. It dries quickly with late spice buzz.
Finish: Quite long and dry with sherry, spices and menthol.