Hazelburn (Springbank) Campbeltown Whisky Distillery
A once prolific whisky distilling area Campbeltown on the West Coast of Scotland is now home to only but a handful of whisky distilleries. Its location lies on the Mull of Kintyre made famous by the Beatles track of the same name. Hazelburn, just to be clear is not a distillery but a single malt produced at Springbank distillery, however is named after a now closed down distillery in the Campbeltown area whish survived for 100 years between 1825 and 1925. Springbank neighbours and fellow whisky producing survivors are Glengyle and Glen Scotia. Springbank is unique in that it has been owned by the Mitchell family since it opened in 1828 meaning it is not only one of the oldest but the only whisky distillery to be continually under the ownership of one family. If you have been reading about the other distilleries on this website you will understand most have been through several owners and have ended up in the hands of the multinationals. This highly regarded distillery only produces around 750,000 litres per annum making it also one the smallest, however regularly produces 3 Single malts all of great quality. One of those is Hazelburn the others are Longrow and Springbank itself.
Each single malt whisky is different with Hazelburn being unpeated, Springbank lightly peated and Longrow is very heavily peated. Springbank is by far the most popular single malt whisky in the range with 80% of spirit produced going into its flagship brand.
Hazelburn is a one of a new breed being triple distilled like its Lowland counterparts and was only 1st released in 2005 as an 8 year old. Being on its 4th release the 12 year old Hazelburn was limited to 3900 bottles. So buy Hazelburn single malt soon.
Taste: Hazelburn 12 years old is matured in sherry casks giving a sweet, dried fruit taste with dark chocolate and coffee. The after taste is a caramel taste to behold.