There’s little argument that House of Hazelwood’s whiskies are among the most beautifully bottled entry-level spirits we’ve seen in recent times. Inspired by the life of William Grant’s granddaughter, Janet Sheed Roberts, and her elaborate Art Deco estate near The Glenfiddich distillery, House of Hazelwood was conceived.
Roberts’ estate, Hazelwood, was often a hub for all that was artistically thriving in the 20s, and it also celebrated how the era was considered the prime of Scotch.
All these elements combine to form an engaging backstory and stunning packaging, but the blended whisky housed within remains the most important factor. William Grant & Sons have created three expressions, an 18 year-old, a 21 year-old, and a 25 year-old. Each is primarily a blend of Girvan and Kininvie whiskies, and an undisclosed amount of other expressions from the William Grant & Sons’ private collection.
The 18 year-old is inspired by Paris during the ’20s. It mostly comprises Kininvie and Girvan, combined in Portuguese oak turns, which lends it soft hints of vanilla and wood on the palate. There are also hints of toffee, making the combination of flavours a classic and dependable one.
The 21 year-old is where Hazelwood gets unorthodox. Taking cues from the vibrancy of Mumbai, the whisky is a spice-driven mix matured in ex-sherry European oak casks. It’s all dried fruit, cinnamon, cloves and molasses on the tongue, appealing to those who love a punchy blend.
The final, 25 year-old expression comprises rare single malts from the Grant family’s private collection, matured in American oak casks. The chaotic harmony of Shanghai forms the basis for the 25 year-old, discernible in the dashes of spice, caramelised brown sugar, maple and freshly cut wood that come through.
House of Hazelwood is exclusively available through global travel retail. Prices are S$101.20 for the 18 year-old, S$151.80 for the 21 year-old, and S$261.90 for the 25 year-old.