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Raer Pedro Ximénez Expression Blended Scotch Whisky

7th July 2023
Jackton distillery release a new limited edition Scotch blended whisky under their Raer brand, Raer Pedro Ximénez Expression Whisky.

Raer Pedro Ximénez Expression Blended Scotch Whisky

If I was to mention Jackton distillery I am guessing many of you may never have heard of it. Jackton is a small 250,000 litre capacity distillery located in a small village of the same name south of Glasgow between East Kilbride and Eaglesham in South Lanarkshire, it was given planning permission in June 2019 and went in production in early 2020 so given what was going on in the world at the time you could be forgiven for not recognising it.

Like many new distilleries Jackton has its own gin as well as some sourced blended whisky which it markets under the brand name 'Raer'. Going forward the distillery has big plans including maturation in a variety of casks including bourbon, sherry, rum, port and a variety of wine casks, these will be matured in dunnage and racked warehouses which they have onsite. They also have a planning application for the construction of their own floor maltings and they have a visitor centre already up and running.

The reason I mention it today is that they have just announced the release of another blended Scotch whisky which they have sourced and bottled under their Raer brand, Raer Pedro Ximenez Expression.

This limited edition Raer Pedro Ximénez Expression Whisky is a blend od Scotch single malt and grain whiskies, it has been bottle at 40% ABV, it is non-chill filtered and naturally coloured, this new release follows last year’s Scottish Whisky Award's Gold Medal Winner - The RAER Oloroso Expression!

Launching the new blend at the family-owned distillery, Director Jaynie Kean explained "We have selected the best first-fill sherry casks from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain and brought them back to Jackton Distillery to further mature and finish this RAER PX Expression in-house. Pedro Ximénez sherry is different from the Oloroso casks we sourced last year. As such it imparts new qualities, giving a mouth-watering finish.

"We’re delighted with the end result, it was always going to be difficult to follow our Oloroso Expression but I think we’ve managed it. Initially we’re only able to produce a few hundred bottles and already we’ve had interest from across the world!"

Jackton is an independent distillery owned and run by the Kean family and in addition to receiving the prestigious Scottish Whisky Awards Gold Medal, the distillery has also been honoured with two Great Taste Awards, two silver medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and two silver medals at the London Spirits Competition. Hopefully these are a sign of good things to come in the future.

Priced at £42 Raer Pedro Ximénez Expression Whisky is available from the Raer website.


Raer Pedro Ximénez Expression Whisky Review

Bottled at 40% ABV, non-chill filtered and naturally coloured.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A bouquet of ripe raisins, figs, dates, delicious marzipan, banana and créme brûlée.

Taste: This silky, rich dram drenches your palate with notes of toasted oak, honey, figs, caramelised sugar and a subtle hint of roasted coffee.

Finish: An outstanding fruity spirit which is somewhat complex and perfectly expressive. Warm and smooth, with the right amount of smoky bitterness to balance the juice sherry flavours.

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