Lucky old me had a lovely surprise package arrive this afternoon, and who doesn’t like one of them? The label read “Claxton’s” and a smile crept across my lips in anticipation of seeing what was inside…
For those of you unfamiliar with their releases, an excerpt from the Claxton’s website:
“In the early years of Scotland’s ancient and most world-renowned industry, many merchants bought single casks of whisky and bottled them as they were, preserving their unique character and flavour. As a family-owned, independent company bound to no single distiller, Claxton’s proudly continue this ancient tradition by hand-selecting individual casks that reach only the highest benchmark.
The marriage of wood and spirit in a cask creates a unique flavour and aroma. As each release of Claxton’s is bottled straight from a single cask, this individuality is preserved and no two bottlings are ever completely alike. This means each release offers the opportunity to discover rare whiskies with exquisite and truly individual tastes which may never be repeated in quite the same way again.
At Claxton’s, the approach of bottling whiskies in their most original form is born from generations of exploration and appreciation of ‘Uisge Beatha’ (the traditional Gaelic term for whisky, meaning water of life). Not a single precious drop has been chill-filtered or has any added colouring, preserving the original flavour of the whisky. Every release is only bottled when the balance between cask influence and spirit is perfect, no matter how long this may take. Claxton’s value quality of taste and aroma above all else…”
Inside my delivery was a rather lovely sample of a BenRinnes Single Malt, this was matured in a hogshead cask and is 19 years old.
This has a lovely deep golden colour.
The nose is very fruity and floral, almost perfumed and it really sits well with me. A smear of vanilla and a touch of cream with a tiny bit of fresh orange. Sugar and spice.. and all things nice. The fruit just keeps coming back to draw me in.
Time for a sip. There’s some pepper there, and some malt. The spice just tingles gently in the mouth and it tends to make your juices flow. Some burnt sugar maybe, which gives it a tempered bitterness. The finish is warm and woody with lingering warmth from the heat of the spice and a slightly sweet yet bitter cocoa at the end. As I finish this review, I am sat just enjoying some last unexpected sweet flavours.
Thanks to Claxton’s for the sample 🙂
Please note these are my thoughts (rightly to wrongly) of the whisky sampled – Sarah