Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Clynelish Aged 21 Years Exclusively Selected by Boyao Zhao (Cask No. 7555)

[56.7%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 7555・Single Cask Release of 405 Bottles]

Nose:

Initially withheld, Christmas spices and toffee, dates and raw almonds. Candied oranges and subtle black cherries joined by minerals and a soft cigar smoke.

Palate & Finish:

A umami saltiness strikes an impression amidst the cherries and spices, the cream Sherry inspired toffee note carries candied oranges and roasted almonds, as strawberry sauce drizzles over subtle brush of candle wax.

A layered and coherent finish of blackcurrant, cinnamon and minerals as the oak slowly impresses a dryness.

Thoughts:

A sophistically designed bottle with the whisky inside specifically selected by and bottled for Mr. Boyao Zhao of China, the refilled Sherry hogshead is rather sensible, not overly relying on spirit characters with the Sherry influence clean but restrained. Another good one from the solid 1997 vintage.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas