Fine wine and spirits company, Biggar and Leith recently launched an exciting new brand: The Gladstone Axe Malt Whisky. Named after four-times Prime Minister, William Gladstone, the whisky is a modern twist on classic Scotch. There are two expressions in the range – The Gladstone Axe American Oak and The Gladstone Axe The Black Axe, both bottled in an iconic bottle which tells the story of William Gladstone in a contemporary way.
The whiskies have been carefully selected from the Highlands and Islay to create two easy-drinking smooth blends made up of 14 single malts. The whiskies were created in honour of William Gladstone by his great-great-great Grandson, Elwyn Gladstone, Founder of Biggar and Leith and Malfy Gin.
The Gladstone Axe American Oak is aged and finished in American Oak Bourbon barrels and blended from whiskies from 14 different Highland and Islay single malt distilleries. The Black Axe has a higher proportion of Islay malts to add just a touch of smoky character.
With growing interest in blended malt whiskies amongst younger consumers globally, The Gladstone Axe presents an exciting opportunity as an approachable, mixable malt blend for a new generation of whisky drinkers.
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – American Oak Blended Malt Whisky (41%)
Nose: Creamy toffee and vanilla, woody oak coupled with buttery popcorn.
Palate: Sweet popcorn and toffee.
Finish: Smooth, light finish with some growing peppery spice.
Overall: Quite untamed with an attractive rough n’ ready palate!
Tasting Notes – The Black Axe Blended Malt Whisky (41%)
Nose: Buttery popcorn with a little smoke.
Palate: Sweet popcorn and faint wisps of smoke.
Finish: Black treacle blended with some spicy punch ending in tobacco dryness.
Overall: Of the two The Black Axe is nicest taken neat – I think because of the subtle smokiness.
These two drams make an excellent choice as a mixer whisky. Either one makes for a nicely satisfying ol’ fashioned – I know ‘cos I tried ’em!
RRP: £32 for a 70cl bottle ABV: 41%
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Website (coming soon): gladstoneaxe.com