|Clynelish, 14-year-old (Scotland) |
A nose that is fragrant, spicy and complex, with candle wax, malt and discreet smoke. Notably smooth in the slightly waxy mouth, with honey and contrasting citric orange notes, plus spice and peat. Brine and spicy tropical fruit in the finish.
46.0% ABV, 70cl, £30.95, specialist whisky merchants.
|Clynelish, Distillers Edition 1991 (Scotland) |
Regular visitors to this site will be aware of our admiration for Diageo’s Distillers Edition range of ‘finished’ single malts, and the latest addition to the line up is a 15-year-old Clynelish, produced on the east coast of Sutherland.
Over the years, Clynelish seems to have become less ‘coastal’ in character, with reduced seaweed and salt characteristics, and this expression, finished in an Oloroso Seco cask tends to confirm that view.
Sweet Sherry and honey on the nose, with a gentle note of cloves. Water teases out peaches and cream. The palate initially offers vibrant Sherry, with cloves, angelica and spices developing. The finish is medium in length, with a mild note of enduring ginger. A well balanced and very attractive whisky, but you wouldn’t necessarily know you were drinking Clynelish without looking at the label.
46.0% ABV, 70cl, £37.95, specialist whisky merchants.
|Clynelish, Managers’ Choice Release 4 (Cask #4341) (Scotland) |
This example of Clynelish is from Diageo’s fourth and final Managers’ Choice Release. The cask strength, single cask malt from the Brora distillery on the east Sutherland coast has been matured in a first fill Bourbon American oak cask, which was filled on 10th April 1997.
The nose offers vanilla, gingery spice and a faintly maritime background note. Full and rich on the palate, though lacking Clynelish’s characteristic waxiness. Malty, with fresh fruit and a lively, spicy edge. The finish is lengthy and slowly drying, with some oak and aniseed. (232 bottles).
58.8% ABV, 70cl, £250.00, specialist whisky merchants.