Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Collection Clynelish “Elisir d’amore” 1993 22 Years Old

Style: Waxy and Spicy

Nose:
Very fresh and sweet on the first encounter, like a blend of mead and sauternes sweet wine. Pears, green apples and honey slightly masked by chilli shreds and chilli seeds. The core is rather elusive and does not feel like a usual Clynelish. Waxy tone ushered forward with another touch of raw herbal brush.

Palate:
Rather interesting opening, an almost shambolic mix of chilli, mineral, light fruits and honey on the palate. Relatively hot. Floral rims and soft lemon honey coming forward. The honey is so ambiguous which makes the feeling of this is an uncommon Clynelish does not go away. Slowly the waxiness takes over with a hint of bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, spearmint and orange bitters with a touch of tropical fruits slowly unfurl. Coffee beans and dark chocolate rolls in as the oak comes in.

Finish:
Apricots and honey rally to finish. A bite of chocolate cereal with slight dryness hang on…

Thoughts:
A rather elusive interpretation of Clynelish. While the spirit of Clynelish is famed for big honey and waxy character, but there is a lack of the sweet honey component which has caught me by surprise. However, taking honey out of the equation, it also allows the flavours and complexities to build around the waxy core. Plenty of nuances to be uncovered. Uncommon but interesting Clynelish we have here.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[51.7% • 2015 Bottled • 1993 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Cask Number: 7562 • Bottle Number 22 of 259]

Photo credit: Casa de Vinos

-Esmond