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.
A while ago, around Christmas, I received a sample all the way from Sweden. Ursula, a friend of mine had sent me a sample of a sherry finished whisky from Tullibardine with a percentage of 63.5% and with a big red heart on the bottle.
For a 2 years Sherry Finish in a Bruichladdich cask, this is really a sample, sent with love.
What I learned about Whisky is not summed up in one line.
I learned about legislation and how this is different from continent to continent. It helps to understand the legal limitations that are set to Whisky and Whiskey. It helps to understand how this legislation limits the flavours that are able to be produced by American and Scottish producers. It helps to understand the economics of reused casks from the USA and how this limits the Scotch Whisky Industry. This is a partly self-chosen limitation based on available of reasonably priced casks.
As you might know, Gordon & MacPhail is an independent bottler and distiller of Scotch Whisky, founded in 1895 and located in Elgin.
During The Speyside Whisky Festival 2017, I had the pleasure to join a tasting to discover a part of the range of Gordon & MacPhail whisky. The flight of tasting was all about five whiskies, all bottled without the addition of water.
Excited as always, when I’m asked to try something “new”. This time it was a surprising whisky from Dx3, a group of friends, Marcel, Gert & Sjon. But what, or better who are they that you ask.
Well, making a long story short. Dx3 is a group of 3 Dutch Whisky Enthusiasts, and very enthusiastic I might add.
The whisky I received from Dx3 is a private bottling Port Charlotte from Bruichladdich. I have read a story, about their adventure, what started at the Bruichladdich Distilley, Islay in 2003. That is over 10 years ago.
It has been a while since my last review. The main reason for this is that the price of whisky, and the amount of ‘guff’ surrounding it, seem to be rising concomitantly. Thus my purchasing rate has slowed dramatically and … Continue reading →