I recently came across Tomatin as a distillery, when I reviewed the bottle your own range for the blog, I was instantly impressed with what was being offered, the whisky was so well balanced and carried a lot of complexity. So when I got the chance to review this single cask offering from Claxton’s, who are an independent bottler who have recently released 3 offerings, this Tomatin 21yo, a Tobermory 20yo and a Glentauchers 18yo for which I have already reviewed on the blog. So who are Claxton’s I hear you ask, well they are a Yorkshire (uk) based family owned independent bottler who proudly carry on the old tradition of hand selecting individual casks for bottling, and bottle with no colour and NCF, this is also bottled at 48%abv and is from a single refill Hogshead, there are approx 210 bottles.
Nose.. This starts off quite subtle, very fresh and quite sweet, there are some lovely heather honey notes with blossom and fresh fruit, pears and green apple along with butterscotch and vanilla fudge, there is also some subtle oaky notes in the background.
Palate. This has a very creamy mouthfeel, instantly coating the tounge with heavenly sweetness, vanilla infused ice cream with stewed apples and poached pears drizzled in honey with brandy snaps. The oak is slightly more prominent on the tounge with the slightest hint of coconut and candied oranges.
Finish.. A medium finish with more of the oaky notes.
Thoughts.. This is another great barrel comming out of Tomatin, this is just another notch for them and why I am falling for this distillery. The whisky is quite subtle but it is in no way trying to hide, there are some great aromas and flavours in this bottle, and they really do blend together rather well. Whoever is picking these casks for Claxton’s should give themselves a pat on the back. The only downside is these bottles are not in every shop out there, so you might have to hunt around for one. Some shops that do stock the Claxton range are..
The Dram shop ( Sheffield )
The Wright wine company ( skipton)
Campbell’s of leyburn..
I would like to thank Adrian from Claxton’s for his generosity in sending me this sample in order to review..