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Claxton's homework, part three

The third and final part of the Claxton's Spring Release 2019 series. The 10yo Miltonduff was a very nice surprise. The Caol Ila delivered as expected and the Heavily Peated Loch Lomond turned out to be a more fruity expression with a subtle layer of peatsmoke. In this blog the final two samples will be reviewed. Spring will soon be over and the summer will start so we have to hurry to be on time with this review. After all, it is the Spring Release we're talking about...

First up is a young Longmorn expression. The spirit was distilled in august 2008. A bourbon barrel, cask 1960-1223, was used to mature it before the cask was selected for bottling by Claxton's earlier this year. The 10yo whisky was bottled without chill filtering at an ABV of 52,8%. The very first Claxton's Longmorn delivered 275 bottles. Here are our thoughts.

Notes by Peter

  • Nose: Honey, vanilla, fresh lemon and orange and a bit of charcoal.
  • Taste: Pepper, sweet tropical fruits like melon, green apple and lemon.
  • Finish: medium long with some char, nuts and marmelade.

 The tropical twist is just wonderful!

Notes by Jeroen

  • Nose: Quite a lot of alcohol in the first sniff but that disappears after a few minutes creating room for citrudfruit, some tropical fruits, sweet honey and almonds.
  • Taste: A hint of white pepper, surpisingly full and creamy for its age. Again the citrus and honey are here. Some tropical flavours as well.
  • Finish: Nice length concidering the age. 

 I have to agree with Peter on the tropical twist. A very nice dram for a nice spring eveneing.

Time to taste the final sample. Did we save the best for last? At least it is the oldest one of the Spring Release 2019. The whisky was distilled at the Tobermory distillery in december 1994. The spirit was matured in a sherry butt, cask 1963-688048, for just over 24 years. 346 Bottles were filled, as Always without the use of E150 or chillfiltration. The ABV on this Tobermory is 55,3%. Let's have a go!

Notes by Peter

  • Nose: Dried fruit, dates and raisins, a bit meaty bacon.
  • Taste: Creamy! soft but very full. Again a lot of dreid fruits and just the perfect amount of wood!
  • Finish: Nice and long!

This is a nice bottle! Very well balanced and I recommend to try this one if you can.

 Notes by Jeroen

  • Nose: Red apples, some other red fruits as well. Dried fruits like dates and figs.
  • Taste: A hint of raisins, apples, red fruits in a smooth and creamy texture. Well aged and well balanced!
  • Finish: Nice length with a taste of dried fruits and raisins.

 From the Spring Release 2019 series this must be the best expression in my opinion. 

We would like to thank Hugo Caprichoso and Adrian Hoose at Claxton's for sending us this fine package of samples!

2020  Whisky Oss