Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure off reviewing 2 of the 3 single cask releases from Claxtons, this is an independent whisky bottler for those who don’t know the name, Claxtons are a Yorkshire based, family owned firm that hand select single barrels for bottling, the releases are NCF and natural colour.
Todays review is a bottle of Tobermory 20yo, Tobermory comes from the isle of Mull and is classed under the Islands region. The distillery was founded in 1798 and is also know for producing Ledaig whisky ( the peated offering from the distillery ) . This bottle is one of approx 280 bottles, and comes from cask 1501-1995. This has been bottled at 48%abv.
Nose.. At first you get soft floral notes but as it opens up there is more fruit and oak, citrus peel, and grassy notes. After some time a sweetness develops with vanilla and butterscotch. A touch of spice mingles with the oak in a subtle kind of way.
Palate.. A lot more prickly than the nose suggested, lots of spices and oak, ginger and cracked pepper are prevalent. Eventually the sweetness fights it’s way through and some lovely notes of honey and candied fruits become prominent, citrus peel and subtle fruits like pear and stewed apples make an appearance.
Finish.. Spicy with a sweet oaky twist.
Thoughts.. Having sampled the first 3 releases from Claxtons I can say they have all been good single cask offerings, the future will be bright if they can keep finding casks of this calibre. The whisky has been fresh and easy to drink, lots of layers and gives you plenty to think about. All 3 have given a good insight to the distilleries as well as giving a little extra.
I would like to thank the team at Claxtons for their generosity and the opertunity to review these 3 bottles.