Claxton's is a fairly new player on the market. They distinguish themselves mostly by the shape of their bottles, which reminds me more of perfume than whisky. Nevertheless, I have had the opportunity to admire and taste some of these and it has to be said: the contents is nice. Today I will try their first Glen Elgin, matured for no less than 2 decades on a refill hogshead and bottled at a strength of 51,5%.
Fresh and fruity on pears, melon and even some lime, but with a dark edge. I can only describe it as woodsmoke. There is a candy-like quality, which is quite nice in this case.
Despite the high ABV, the arrival is soft on citrus fruit and pears, but the candy now turns to lavender which then becomes quite perfumy. A touch too soapy to my taste. The woodsmoke is prominent and reminds me of a hearth.
The finish is long and sweet, with quite some oak, but the soapiness lingers too long.
The nose was promising, but on the palate it goes south, I’m afraid. The lavender is too dominant.