Another evening with a few samples to savor. Claxton’s is a proudly Yorkshire based independent bottler of outstanding single cask, single malt Scotch whiskies from across Scotland’s oldest and finest distilleries. A tasting I looked forward to, can you blame me?
When you have a look at the names that are passing the revue, it’s like a good movie you can’t miss, you have to stay until the end.
When you go to Claxton’s.com they mention the following:
Whether it is blended, grain or even single malt whisky, distilleries produce their signature style by vatting together a large number of casks to create the consistent profile they seek. Claxton’s collection of single cask whiskies offers the opportunity to delve deeper than these widespread core ranges through bottling each release in its original single cask form, thus preserving the truly unique taste developed in each individual cask of whisky. Every single cask bottling has been selected with the utmost care, ensuring only casks of whisky that offer outstanding quality and an unrepeatable taste experience make The Single Cask range.
Teaninich 1999 – 53 %
- Color: Pale gold
- Nose: Fresh, caramel, rich vanilla, fresh grass, cinnamon, basil, pear drops, stewed apple, milk chocolate, sticky toffee pudding, raspberry jam and a complexity of saltiness, red and black pepper
- Taste: Fresh, different herbal notes, toffee, caramel, with hints of raspberry combined with lemon and fresh apple sweets
- Finish: Sweet and warm
Springbank 1996 – 55 %
- Color: Pale gold
- Nose: Citrus fruit, oranges, grapefruit, lemon peel sprinkled with salt and a wee bit of pepper, fresh toast, butter, licorice, vinegar, nutty, cherries, fresh grass, creamy, vanilla, warm custard with smooth fresh fruit like apples, pears, pineapples and bananas
- Taste: Dried apples, lemon, peach jelly, tropical influences well balanced with salty air, sweet pepper, custard, pure chocolate, wood and a bit of vinegar spread over toast
- Finish: Sweet, but dry (ish)
Bruichladdich 2002 – 61.2%
- Color: Deep copper
- Nose: Apples, pears, sultana’s soaked in water, mandarin, marzipan, white chocolate, salty rocks after the rain, beeswax, wet leather, hints of sweet and hot pepper, citrus influences and in the background you can spot blue berries
- Taste: A lot of chocolate covered in warm caramel dark this time, cherries, prunes, strawberries, sultana’s, salty sweets, baked cookies with custard and dried fruit after a day in the fridge
- Finish: Long and warm
Dumbarton 1986 – 57.1%
- Color: Pale straw
- Nose: Vanilla, sweet honey, breakfast cereal, hints of cinnamon, cloves, citrus, grapefruit peel, kiwi, mango, very floral, buttery, cherries, warm brown sugar, sweet cake-mix, toffee and hints of summer jelly beans, there is a lot to discover
- Taste: Vanilla, sultana’s, spices, sweet brown sugar, warm red fruit like cherries, raspberries, prunes, blue berries smashed with a salty rock and covered in citrus, mandarin juice
- Finish: Mouthwatering
Ledaig 2008 – 54.3%
- Color: Pale gold
- Nose: Mint, parsley, eucalyptus, orange blossom, hints of fresh lemon, apricots, prune, warm honey with a splash of caramel, woody, peaty, vanilla, wet wool with a salty pat of air, very fresh with a complexity of warm red fruit, raspberry, smashed red apples and strawberries
- Taste: Tropical hints strikes with smashed coconuts in the salty air, white chocolate covered with banana, mango, red well balanced fruit, influences of lemon, mandarin, fresh custard and sweet warm toffee mixed with honey
- Finish: A bit oily, but warm
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