To get the blog going I’ll be reposting some tasting notes that I’ve taken in the past. I decided to start with this whisky because it’s a long time favourite of mine. Say what you will about Diageo’s methods and their use of colouring and chill filtration, one thing they are good at is consistency. This malt is still just as good as when I first discovered it way back in 2003.
It was a little harder to find back then as it wasn’t being marketed so widely and I always felt a sense of accomplishment when I could find a bottle at a good price. I used to really like the old Johnnie Walker Gold Label (with the age statement) which got is why I originally sought out Clynelish.
Since then I’ve always kept a bottle in my cabinet. These notes or from November 2015
Aged 14 years, 46% ABV
Nose: Beeswax. Wild flowers. Brine. Rubber. Orange cake. Worn copper coins. But of a herbal note hiding away. Some candied fruit. Sweet white wine. A really nice English Leather aroma develops with a long glass time.
Palate: Spicy and woody. Not woodspice, two distinct notes here. Peppery spices, pickled ginger and dry wood. Honey. Flowers. Malted barley (like the actual stuff). Citrus zest. Maybe some lemon zest too.
Finish: Medium-Long. Woodspice. Salt with an undulating honey note. Olive oil. Bitter orange and grapefruit.
Global VFM: 3/5
Local VFM: 3/5
This malt has a classic highland profile and is complex yet approachable. Still a firm favourite.