Whisky Review: Clynelish Aged 14 Years

Style: Fruity and Waxy

Nose:
Citrus grapefruit and orange beaming positively at the front, the fruity sweetness is nicely supplemented with a gentle touch of candle wax. Decent vanilla brush, fresh lemon peels garnished around the core, with mineral spice combines with barley and cereal notes. Faint aroma of banana split at its tail.

Palate:
More lemon and grapefruit sweetness teams up comfortably with the growing waxiness on the palate. Citrus-scented candle and balm sealing the top. Light tropical fruits slipping under, quite similar to what the nose has suggested. The tone gradually drops lower to the drier region, with minimal vanilla drizzling on oat and barley, faint sea salt and ends with a hint of kumquat oil.

Finish:
Sweet lemon and orange wax, a final touch of menthol singing out pretty nicely.

Thoughts:
Clynelish, though not as well-known as some other single malts, is the beloved distillery of many connoisseurs, myself included. It is not hard to see why – Bright citrus fruits character fits perfectly with ample waxiness to create a deliciously sweet, comfortable and effluent profile. An excellent style which is now a rarity in modern era, and this current official general release offers you a glimpse of what Clynelish is about. A nice introductory whisky.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

[46% | Original Bottling | General Release | circa 2016 Bottled]

-Esmond