21st June 2021
Review of The
Gladstone The Black Axe Scotch Blended
Gladstone Axe is a new whisky brand from
New York, USA based fine wine and
spirits company, Biggar and Leith, which
recently launched with two new Scotch
blended malt whiskies.
The whisky brand was named in honour of
four-times UK Prime Minister William
Gladstone who was Prime Minister during
the reign of Queen Victoria, they were
created by his great-great-great
Grandson, Elwyn Gladstone, Founder of
Biggar and Leith.
Prime Minister William Gladstone had a
legendary collection of axes and a
passion for felling trees as a way of
relaxing and exercising and people would
come from around the country to watch
him chopping trees.
Just like The
Gladstone Axe The Black Axe is a blend of
14 Highland and Islay single malt
whiskies, but with the Black Axe having
a bigger portion of the peaty Islay
whiskies in the vatting, it was aged and finished in American
Oak Bourbon barrels.
The Gladstone Axe The Black Axe
has been bottled at 41% ABV and is
presented in a premium smoky grey glass
decanter style bottle with a wax seal
and a handy thumb print dimple in the
side of the dumpy bottle to keep a good
grip of the bottle when pouring a dram.
Morrison's Tasting Notes:
Nose: Gentle spiced oak, a little
barley sugared sweetness, some apple and
pear, vanilla and a lovely very subtle
distant peat smoke.
Taste: Barley sugared vanilla
toffee with a lovely gentle sweet peaty
edge, some sweet oak spice
Sugar sweet toasted oak and spice clings
to the mouth for an age before bowing
out to leave a lingering wisp of peat
smoke. A little drying at the end.
A gentle nose but it wins you over on
the palate and finish, the American Oak
is a good blended malt but the wee bit
extra peat from the contributing Islay
malts in the vatting for The Black Axe
adds a little bit more pleasure and
makes it stand out for me. A great dram
for its price, a higher ABV could had
made this very good indeed but you can
say that about most whiskies.
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