Claxton’s is a fairly new player on the market. Their bottles have a distinctive square perfume bottle shape. But what’s inside is often very good indeed. Today I will try their 19 year old Glenrothes from 1997, which took a wonderful color from the sherry cask.
This is what I tend to call ‘deep sherry’! Very umami on roast beef, gravy included, dark chocolate, plums and fresh figs. Some bicycle tyre (rubber, but not over the top) and tobacco leaves. Very good indeed.
Nicely oily and immediately very spicy on the palate with nutmeg, ginger and even some curcuma. Again those deep sherry notes that make him dark and mysterious. Some coughing syrup, roast beef returns as does the tobacco. Beef jerky, treacle and liquorice. Chocolate kicks in. Powerhouse with a mildly drying effect.
Wonderfully long finish, but very dry now. At the death a surprising salty note appears, going head to head with the chololate. I need a glass of water, now…
Very intense Glenrothes! Not for the faint hearted.