In the late 2015 William Grant & Sons unveiled the House of Hazelwood, a range of three ultra-premium blended whiskies inspired by Janet Sheed Roberts (1901-2012).
Family member who lived in Hazelwood House, an art-deco property located close to Glenfiddich distillery. Ms. Roberts is remembered as an ‘elegant woman with extraordinary spirit’. The main components for the 18 years old expression came from Kininvie and Girvan distilleries and were married in Portuguese oak tun. The brand presentation echoes the 1920s and each of the three inaugural expressions is inspired by a different city. In case of House of Hazelwood 18 years old it was the Art Deco movement in Paris.
Nose: lots of vanilla, honey, breakfast cereals, apple blossom, sweetened lemon juice, oak and a hint of coconut shavings.
Palate: very smooth, vanilla cream, honey, toffee, brown sugar, milk chocolate, coconut shavings, dash of pepper and lovely oaky undertones.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of vanilla, creamy toffee, milk chocolate and oak.