Ledaig 10 years old 2008 -Claxtons

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 – Claxtons.

A few nights ago I was privileged to be involved with another live tasting on Twitter with Steve Rush and Claxtons 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…

A Day in the life.. An interview with Hugo Caprichoso – Claxtons

I would like to introduce you all to Hugo who is the new Brand Development manager for one of my favourite independent bottlers and not to mention the closest to my headquarters.. As anyone who reads my blog will already know I have been privileged to review many of the releases from Claxtons so I…

Claxtons announce winter 2018 release..

  Claxtons Winter 20-8 Release.. Next month Claxton’s will launch their most prestigious release to date – This outturn displays a diverse array of styles and is comprised of five Single Cask, Single Malts and one Single Cask, Single Grain Scotch Whisky. Included in the outturn are: • Dumbarton 32 Years Old (1986), Matured in…

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, Claxtons.

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.. Claxtons.

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 (Claxtons)

Another new expression to come from the chaps at Claxtons 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,…

Arran 20 yo 1996 Single cask (Claxton’s)

Arran distillery was first founded back in 1994 but due to a pair of Golden Eagles nesting on a nearby cliff operations were halted for a short period resulting in the distillery not opening until 1995.  The island of Arran has had a chequered past with possibly around 50 or so distilleries once operating on this…

BENRINNES 19yo 1997 (Claxtons)

The latest new release from Claxtons 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 (Claxtons)

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 Claxtons is the families…

GLENROTHES 19yo, 1997 (Claxtons)

I recently had the great pleasure of sitting down with Adrian from Claxtons 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…

TOMATIN 21yo ( Claxton’s Ib )

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…

Glentauchers 18yo – Claxtons

This independent bottling of Glentauchers is from Yorkshire based Claxtons. At Claxtons  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…