In the past we have already published several articles about Claxton’s bottlings. Sometimes about bottles we have had in our collections, sometimes about samples we received from Adrian Hoose and we even had two whisky’s bottled for SMWG on Facebook. Recently I added a new bottle to my collection. New for me but is it that new?
End of the line. Good things coming to an end. It’s time to review the last Claxton’s sample I received earlier this year. As you’ve seen I’ve lined them up according to age. Therefor it shouldn’t be surprising that this one is the oldest. A Lowland whisky distilled at the Auchentoshan distillery, matured in a Sherry Hogshead and bottled at an age of 26. Should be nice, don’t you think?
When I received the lovely box that Adrian Hoose sent me, I immediately made a plan how to review the fine samples that were in it. Nothing fancy, just going upwards with the age of the whisky. I struggled with these two though. Two whisky’s distilled at the same distillery and following eachother in age. Let’s put them both in one review and compare them.
Working towards the weekend seems to be a great time for another Claxton’s sample review. Of course I’m not tasting the whisky while I’m working but it’s very nice to sit down with a fine dram after a busy day at work don’t you think? Today it’s a 14yo Macduff that has been poured into my glencairn.
The same bottler but another sample resulting in another blog. The label on this sample says it’s distilled at an undisclosed Orkney distillery. Luckily there aren’t that many distilleries on Orkney so will it be the heathery and slightly peated Highland Park or the more honeylike and unpeated Scapa? Let’s find out.
In het najaar van 2017 was ik bij The Old Pipe in St. Oedenrode. Volgens mij was ik er toen om de 25yo Cambus van Claxton’s te kopen. In ieder geval was het ook de dag dat Johan van Boxmeer me vertelde over een nieuwe botteling voor zijn slijterij. Hij liet me zelfs een beetje proeven van het casksample dat hij had staan en toen wist ik het al meteen. De 16yo Bunnahabhain die door Claxton Spritis gebotteld ging worden, moest ook in mijn kast komen te staan.
It must be about a year ago that Johan van Boxmeer, owner of The Old Pipe in St. Oedenrode, told me about his plans to bring a “new” independent bottler to his shop. His plans became a reality and by now all of the Dutch whisky enthusiasts know the characteristic bottles. A stylish bottle is one thing, it’s about the contents in my opinion and that’s why I was very glad to taste a few of the recently bottled expressions.