I’m always down to try a new Clynelish. I love the distillery profile and it works with sherry or bourbon casks. I also really like to try independent bottlings which are similar to the distillery bottling, so when I was offered a sample of this one it was a no brainer.
This was aged for a year longer than the distillery bottlings and in refill sherry casks, so a little different. It was bottled at 46% which is nice. I’ve had a lot of Connoisseurs Choice bottlings by Gordon & MacPhail which were bottled at 43% and found most of them underwhelming.
Aged 15 years. 46% ABV. Matured in refill sherry hogsheads & butts. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Waxy citrus peels. Floral. Citrus blossoms. Slight hint of salt. A little woodspice. Slight dusty notes. Wet, withered leaves.
Palate: Herbal honey. Slightly soapy. More citrus peels. Dunnage. Bitter woodspice and a slight woody vanilla note.
Finish: Long. Slightly unpleasant bitter soapy note here. Along with bitter citrus, honey and a herbal note.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
The nose on this is a little closed, but pleasant, however the notes were quite muted and I didn’t feel much sherry influence at all. The bitter soapy note on the finish kind of ruined this a little for me, I can’t really justify getting this over the regular distillery bottling considering it costs so much more.