Hazelwood Reserve 17
Added on Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:00 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 17 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1990 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.50 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $900 Availability: Overseas Specialty
The second official single malt bottling from Kininvie distillery, and the first to be available to the general public.
Member Ratings and Notes
n:  Ahh, nice.  Makes me think of opening an old solid wood dresser (empty) for the first time in years.  Heavy wood nose. Cherry wood perhaps?

p: delicious and peppery.  Wood is prevalent but in a good way.  Cedar and chocolate covered cherries.  Potpourri.  I wish I could afford more.

Nose of varnish and acetone, a bit of mustyness, some caramel, something like Lawry's seasoned salt, and a nice woody background.  With water it opens up much better notes of dried fruit and chocolates.

Palate... hmmm… yeah, no. Not really doin' it for me here. A somewhat synthetic flavor overall, with the "industrial" notes that turn me off from many rums. Pretty dry. Finish adds a little spice and tang, but it's mostly just heat and woody notes.

But wait!! Water really turns this on, bringing out a surprising sweetness, Indian spices, and a dried fruits, figgy character.

This pretty much sucked until I added water. Then I liked it well enough. But as far as purchasing a bottle goes, I'd say for collectible purposes only. I spent a long time with a deep pour -- and if you don't want to pay $900 for a bottle, then you can sleep well knowing you're not really missing anything. Unless you're Andy.
The nose is sweet with woody notes (tree sap, oak), anise, grain and hints of sherry.  Theres a burst of cinnamon on the palate followed by maple syrup and a medium spiced mint rinish that turns rubery. A decent bottle, but not worth it. 
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