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Claxton's sample, Glenburgie 2008

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I received this sample a few weeks ago when whiskyfriend Michel Heesbeen came by for a talk and a dram. On these kinds of visits we Always exchange samples, sharing the hobby. On my last visit to The Old Pipe I saw the bottles of this Glenburgie and that reminded me this sample was still waiting to reviewed. Let's give it a go.

The Glenburgie distillery is owned by the Pernod Ricard group. Most of the whisky is used for the Ballantines blends but part of the total production is sold to independent bottlers as well. Cadenhead's, Douglas Laing, Duncan Taylor and of course Gordon & MacPhail have bottled lot's of Glenburgie whisky's. For Claxton's this is the first Glenburgie cask. 

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The spirit was distilled in march of this year. It matured in a hogshead with casknumber 1719-107 for a period of 9 years before delivering 340 bottles at a caskstrength ABV of 57,8%. Seeing this whisky in my glencairn, it's very obvious no caramel coloring was added. I've seen white wines with more color than this whisky... The hogshead didn't bring a lot of color to the whisky. How about flavour then?

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  • Nose: Citrus and cereals with a hint of honey as well. 
  • Taste: Despite the young age and the high ABV this is a very friendly dram. Again honey sweetened cereals. A nice warming mouthfeel though. 
  • Finish: Not very long but it's nice.

I wonder why this whisky was bottled at this young age. It's nice, sure, but maybe three more years in the cask (or maybe even ten years more) would have made this one very special. 

At this visit I'd give it an 82 rating.

 

 

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