Whisky Review: Hidden Spirits Clynelish 1992 Aged 26 Years “Highproof”

Style: Fruity, Complex and Elegant

Nose:
Gentle entrance of lemon citrus, while herbal notes beaming positively at the front. Orange drops, baked fruits, coriander (?), yellow flowers, a touch of tar and tropical fruits all carefully weaving together to give a subtle, beautiful and complex secondary layer, which is quite the reverse of what the “modern” Clynelish offers. Are we dialing back time and have a taste of old-school Clynelish here? Medicinal spice, peppermint, vanilla barley, a pinch of salt rubbing on game meat, the elements on offer is simply dazzling.

Palate:
Citrus confectioneries building up a nice round sweetness, lemon rind, sea salt, game meat, candle wax, flint stone, coconut shreds and thyme intertwining closely. Yellow flowers blossom, while tropical fruits quietly simmering on top of amber coal and peat smoke. Another dash of peppermint spice, lavender and citrus oil dripping on mineral stones and dry barley.

Finish:
Lemon cake coated with icing sugar, more confectioneries with just a tiny bit of candle wax to finish.

Thoughts:
Not often I get to try 20 years old plus Clynelish, I wonder why there are so little them these days… Now this one feels very different to what we know as the modern style – waxy and citrus-forward, this is way more subtle, way more complex than most Clynelish that I have tried so far. The citrus fruits, tropical fruits, wax, mineral notes, peat smoke, saltiness, grassiness, every piece is assembled intricately with pure elegance and finesse. I wouldn’t say it is my 3 stars whisky, but no wonder Serge likes this so much. Incredible dram.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[50.1% | Independent Bottling | Cask Strength | Non Chill Filtered | Non Coloured | Single Cask | Cask Number: CY9219 | 2019 Bottled | 1992 Distilled | **+]

-Esmond

Dram Review: Nikka Single Cask Malt Whisky Yoichi Nicol’s Dram

[57.8%・14 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2000・Official Bottling・Cask No. 126941・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

A heavy belter with a heavy-handed serving of intensely creamy vanilla splashed generously with cinnamon spices.  The oak begins to char in the background as the coal smoke draws some cured meat notes to go with the ripe fruits from the spirit.

Palate & Finish:

A indulging festive mic of poached fruits and Christmas pudding, the coal smoke gives a warming presence as a feisty showing of spices serve to lay the path for an introduction of sweet vanilla and fig jam.

The sweet gooey presence peels off in the finish to reveal a lasting tail of peat smoke and ash.

Thoughts:

I have always thought highly of Yoichi single casks, perhaps not the most exquisite whiskies out there, but they often do come in immense characters.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas