Thanks to Yosi for the sample (and the image)
I sometimes regret how little love I give to Clynelish, for years my favourite distillery, still is I’ve just added several others to the list as well. This is one of many many bottles of mid to late 90’s distillate put out by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. It’s one of the independent bottling labels I really feel confident when trying as they’re almost always fantastic and when they’re not they’re still pretty damn good.
Aged 20 years. 53.6% ABV. Matured in a refill sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask #8687.
Nose: Naphthalene and paraffin wax. Lavender. Brine. Red fruits. Dried orange peel. Hints of marmalade and gooseberry jam. Light woodspice.
Palate: Bitter wood. Marmalade. Wax. Cedar. Cloves. Herbal honey. Cashews. Nectarines. Flairs of floral notes.
Finish: Long. Light pepper. Floral. Marmalade. Cloves.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Spicy, waxy, fruity goodness. The sherry wasn’t too strong here it let the amazing Clynelish juice shine through here. I found this a little but aggressive on the nose at first, but a little glass time got rid of that and from there just pure enjoyment.