Dumbarton 32 year old, 1986 – Claxton’s

Dumbarton Distillery started to distill back in 1938 and was at one point the largest continuous producing grain distillery in Scotland, using the continuous column  still rather than the traditional Coffey still.. Unfortunately in 2002 the distillery fell silent before eventually being fully demolished and again stocks today are starting to dwindle.. Dumbarton 32 Distillery…..

Ledaig 10 years old 2008 – Claxton’s

Tobermory distillery  ( this distillery produces both Tobermory and the peated Ledaig )  was established back in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society in a small farming settlement, built around the medieval church at the top of the hill. Then in the 1790’s an inspired a bold new vision by John Sinclair, a local kelp…

Bruichladdich 16 year old Single cask – Claxton’s

A few nights ago I was privileged to be involved with another live tasting on Twitter with Steve Rush and Claxton’s independent bottlers in order to showcase the winter releases.. Rather than write down the whole tasting I decided to do them individually as they all deserve the obligatory 15 minutes of fame as they…

Claxton’s Arran 21 yo 1996.

Arran distillery which is located on the Isle of Arran is a relatively new Distillery having only been established back in 1994 with the first spirit running in 1995.. Although a young distillery the whisky that is being produced is certainly gaining a lot of plaudits, good quality whisky is not always guaranteed but this…

Macduff 14yo Single Cask, Claxton’s.

You would be forgiven if Macduff is not a name on the tip of your tongue, this distillery was founded quite recently in the terms of distillery history, founded in 1962 by Marty Dyke, George Crawford and Brodie Hepburn the distillery first produced spirit in 1963. Today the distillery is owned by John Dewar and…

Claxton’s Orkney single cask.

As with a few single cask releases from independent bottlers these days the distilleries are asking them to withhold  the identities and / or “teaspooning “ the casks ( this involves adding literally a “teaspoon” or a small amount of  whisky from a different distillery to stop this being classed as a single malt )…

English Whisky Company 6yo bottled by Claxton’s.

St George’s Distillery is a truly English whisky produced in the heart of Norfolk and is owned by the English Whisky Company, the Distillery started production relatively recently ( 2006 ) and started releasing whisky in chapters, with the even numbers representing unpeated whisky and the uneven ones generally representing peated expressions. This  review however…

Claxton’s Glen Keith 1994 V Glen Keith 1995

What’s better than doing a whisky review I ask myself… Well doing two is the simple answer.. Claxtons, the independent bottlers based in Ripon, near the beautiful city of York are about to release a duo of single cask Glen Keith’s and they just happen to be from the years of 1994 and 1995 (…

Claxton’s Glen Moray 10 yo.

Claxton’s, the family owned independent bottlers based in Ripon near York are about to launch another set of fine single cask bottlings.. After a very successful first year which resulted in releases like the Glen Elgin 20 and the superb Glenrothes 19 yo to name but two,  the company is now ramping up production and…

Auchentoshan 26 yo, 1991.. Claxton’s.

The Auchentoshan distillery can be found nestled on the outskirts of Glasgow, at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills and in the shadow of the Erskine Bridge. Founded in 1823, Auchentoshan is Gaelic for “ the corner of the field “ and has a small pond lying in front that was created by a bomb…

Glenburgie 9 yo (Claxton’s)

Claxtons, the Yorkshire based independent bottlers continue into 2017 with another single cask release.. This Glenburgie 9 yo from a single hogsheads cask is of course natural colour and NCF, bottled at a cask strength of 57.8% abv you can’t really ask for much more.. Glenburgie is not a whisky that we come across everyday…

Ledaig 9 yo Claxton’s

Another new expression to come from the chaps at Claxton’s for 2017 is this single cask offering from Ledaig.. At 9 years of age and coming from a single hogsheads I’m expecting to  find all the things that are good about the Tobermory distillery.. Bottled in the usual Claxton style of NO Colour and NCF,…

BENRINNES 19yo 1997 Claxton’s

The latest new release from Claxton’s in 2017 is this 19yo single cask from Benrinnes, distilled on the 15-8-97 and bottled in 2017 from a single hogsheads at a strength of 51.5% abv, this bottle carries on the tradition of the company with a fully natural product.. No colour is added so the light straw…

TULLIBARDINE 24yo 1993 Claxton’s

Last year we had the emergence of another independent bottler by the name of Claxton’s, the family  who have had a real passion for whisky for quite a few years now decided it was time to start bottling for themselves and the company was born.. As mentioned before the name of Claxton’s is the families…

BEN NEVIS 17yo (Claxtons)

When we talk about whisky  we all know the biggest selling whisky out there is blended whisky which is sold just about everywhere in the wold but my main passion is single malt and even closer to my heart is a single barrel that is cask strength, NCF and has absolutely no colour added whatsoever!…

BUNNAHABHAIN (Claxtons )

Once again I have the privilege of bringing a first from Claxtons indipendent bottles in the form of this single cask from the Islay  distillery of BUNNAHABHAIN. Distilled in October 2002 and bottled in 2016 this is from a single hogsheads cask and is of course NCF , natural colour and is bottled at 51.4% abv…..

GLENROTHES 19 year old 1997 – Claxton’s

I recently had the great pleasure of sitting down with Adrian from Claxton’s independent bottlers to have a chat about the company, the background and what might be in store  in the future.. The first thing that struck me was the passion for whisky and the company and of course being a Yorkshire man his…

BRUICHLADDICH RIOJA WINE CASK (Claxtons)

Since I started this blog I must admit to not reviewing too much from Islay but when independent bottlers Claxtons sent me this sample from a single cask of Bruichladdich I could not wait to dive in, but as things typically happen this got pushed back a little.. I now have my sample ready and…

AUCHROISK 25yo ( Claxtons)

Todays review is another single cask release from Claxtons independent bottlers.  I have had the pleasure to review 3 of thier single casks so far and they were all very good so I have high expectations for this one. Auchroisk distillery  was first founded to produce high quality malt for some of the world’s most…