These two new whiskies are a pair of Scotch blended malts from wine and spirits company Biggar & Leith. The Gladstone Axe 'American Oak' and the Gladstone Axe 'The Black Axe' are designed to be 'a modern twist on classic Scotch' and are named after four-times UK Prime Minister William Gladstone. The brand and both blended malts have been created by Elwyn Gladstone, the founder of Biggar & Leith and the great great great grandson of William Gladstone.
The American Oak expression is made from 14 single malts from the Highlands and Islay. These have been matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels. The Black Axe also features 14 single malts but with a higher proportion from Islay. Both are bottled at 41% ABV and will cost £32 each from selected online retailers to begin with. The bottle features an embossed design, cork stopper and wax dipped cap.
"We are really excited to be launching a new blended malt whisky bearing the name of my ancestor. In 1860, he signed the Spirits Act. This allowed the legal blending of Scotch whisky for the first time and essentially creating the Scotch whisky industry as we know it today."Elwyn Gladstone.