Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Sherry Oloroso
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 110.00
Official website: claxtonsspirits.com
We add another independent bottler to our extensive selection, one who has made a name for itself not only for the quality of its whiskies, but also for the distinctive shape of its bottles.
Claxton’s was born out of the passion for single casks of Jack Hoose and Graeme Claxton, who went from buying single casks for family use to founding their own company, opening their own bottlings in 2016 with a 20 year old Tobermory.
Based in Ripon, North Yorkshire, Claxton has, in this short space of time, established itself as a new and vibrant business, capable of creating beautifully designed bottlings that are never dull.
This bottle is from a single cask filled on 8 October 2001 and bottled cask strength on 22 November 2017, made on behalf of a Dutch shop, The Old Pipe, and bottled on the 16th birthday of the owner’s son: a pity he had to wait to enjoy his present!
Garnet in the glass.
Very silky olfactory entry, with dates, figs, sultanas, ripe blood orange, dark chocolate, honey. Leather and wood wax. A warm and sinuous whole, without the slightest intrusion of alcohol, sweet but not cloying, almost decadent.
Even in the mouth the degree does not sting but offers a warm embrace with a slight spicy thrust, flowing oily and compact in the aromas of figs, honey, citrus, cocoa, red fruits, hazelnuts. In the background there is always a worked leather and a certain dryness that dries the palate, balancing the never aggressive sherried impressions.
The finish is quite long, with cocoa, black pepper, orange, hazelnuts and wood.
Elegant and warm, with a subdued spirit despite the high alcohol content, it envelops in its flowing tones without surprising or exalting, a comfortable and comforting companion that pampers but does not indulge in effusions, remaining firmly grounded.
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Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle 2020
Bunnahabhain The Coterie Esclusive
Càrn Mòr Bunnahabhain 2004
Morisco Spirits Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7yo
Valinch & Mallet Bunnahabhain 22yo (2018)
Wilson & Morgan Bunnahabhain 2014
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