During this Tweet tasting we sampled The Gladstone Axe American Oak and Black Axe.
The Gladstone Axe American Oak 41% ABV.
American Oak: A blend of whiskies from 14 different Highland and Islay single malt distilleries, which has been matured in American oak Bourbon barrels.The Whisky Wire
Mid gold in colour, it has a nice thick swirl line, and very slowly dropping medium to thick legs. #TheGladstoneAxe
There’s a cooked meat feel about this nose, it’s herbaceous, honey, plenty of wood, a little floral, and a touch of menthol too. #TheGladstoneAxe
Turkish delight, rose water, sweet perfume and wood polish with cream soda. I’m also getting mineral water too, and stoned fruits, taken their time but they are here. #TheGladstoneAxe
Honey, a little honeycomb, the stuff you buy broken up in bags. There’s some spice here, quite warming, figs and dates, white pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and some ginger root. Black liquorice, black currants, and mocha coffee. #TheGladstoneAxe
Short to medium length and still spicy, espresso now, char, and earthy. #TheGladstoneAxe
This blended whisky is very much promoted as a whisky for mixing, cocktails specifically. On the tasting we tried it as is, and i have to say i enjoyed it. The aromas and flavours i found were rather good, it’s not a wow whisky, and isn’t marketed as such, but i’d definitely enjoy it an easy sipper, and i could see that it would mix well.
The Gladstone Axe Black Axe 41% ABV
Black Axe: As with the American Oak, this is a blend of whiskies from 14 different Highland and Islay single malt distilleries, but with a higher proportion of Islay whisky, which has been matured in American oak Bourbon barrels.The Whisky Wire
Mid gold in colour again, decent thickness swirl line, and again very slow medium thick legs. #TheGladstoneAxe
Initially i find it fruitier than the AO, then washed lettuce leaves, cooked meat again possibly, guava, and a botanicals kind of thing going on too. I’m getting pepperyness with this one, like smelling black pepper. #TheGladstoneAxe
It is becoming sweeter and more cereal/grain for me, cookies with cherry bits in them, cup cakes with 100’s and 1000’s on them. I’m getting wood treatments too, linseed, and it’s quite vegetal for me. #TheGladstoneAxe
Definitely got that far off beach bbq fire thing going on, and black peppercorns. Then stoned and tropical fruits, with a touch of grapefruit tang. Cranberries with a little drying for me too, the honey is still here, how about Eccles cakes? #TheGladstoneAxe
It’s lingering a bit that’s for sure, quite warming, Smokey, mouthfeel does improve for me, and a touch of salinity right at the very end. #TheGladstoneAxe
Considering this bottling is the exact same price as the American Oak, i found more flavours and aromas here. It is deeper and more rounded, and the mouthfeel is improved also. I have to say what i found and again i liked it, not a wow whisky, but a step up from the American Oak for sure, more of a stand alone whisky rather than a mixer.
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