Dram Review: Jack & Jack Auld Distillers Collection

[56.1%・10 Years Old・Distilled in 1996・Bottled Circa 2006・Jack & Jack Bottling・Single Cask Release of 150 Bottles] Nose: Pungent notes of toffee, vanilla sauce and dark honey, some minerals and sea breeze linger with the floral scent drifting on. Palate & Finish: Quite intensely sweet, fresh Sherry with some fortified led dried orange notes. Plenty of crumbly…

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Dram Review: Three Rivers Clynelish Aged 17 Years

[54.4%・17 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2014・Three Rivers Bottling・Cask No. 4046・Single Cask Release of  300 Bottles] Nose: A rush of oily caramel onto a bouquet of green fruits. Fresh Nashi pears, oranges and banana peels, but beneath the surface it’s surprisingly raw with a hint of soapiness. Palate & Finish: Thick, oily mouthfeel, a whole…

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Dram Review: The Perfect Dram Clynelish Aged 23 Years

[49.7%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・Bottled in 2012・The Perfect Dram Bottling・Limited Release of 229 Bottles] Nose: Waxy and fruity, crisp apple brushed with golden syrup.  There is a buttery goodness that leads to a French patisserie note, the slight saltiness is particularly inviting. Palate & Finish: Succulent orchard fruits with the satisfyingly fine layer of wax followed…

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Dram Review: Clynelish 5 Years Old (Ainslie & Heilbronn Bottling for M. Di Chiano Milano)

[43.0%・5 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1969・Ainslie & Heilbronn Bottling for M. Di Chiano Milano・Limited Release] Nose: Words don’t do the nose justice, ripe green fruits melt into the richness of French vanilla, beeswax and honeycomb; all the while there is this fascinating hint of ashiness.  As the nose unfolds, there comes more rhubarb, creamed honey and…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Clynelish 1995 Aged 21 Years (Cask Hand Picked by the Whisky Exchange) #8676

Style: Honey and Spicy Nose: Brown sugar cold-dripping into ice lemon tea, Earl Grey, maybe? Peppermint circling around the delicate honeycomb and candle wax core. White flower looms, while the waxiness overstaying its welcome and imparts some perfume overtone and bitter touches in the middle. Transitioning to assorted dry spices – ginger, nutmeg, chilli flakes,…

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Whisky Review: Douglas Laing Old Particular Clynelish 18 Years Old DL10999

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: A lovely mix of white flower honey and jammy apricots on the nose. The delicate floral side has a slight upper hand. Waxy undertone slowly ascends, peppermint spice tightens up the aroma, need time to breath. Lemon tart and sponge cake opens up overtime. Soft and sweet aroma. Palate: Delicate…

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Whisky Review: Clynelish Distillery’s Edition 2012

Style: Honey and Light Sherry Nose: Sherry notes on the drier side, plums and black licorice, followed by a refreshing pour of grape juice. Air-dried barley glimmering with malt syrup, then we have a thicker, pleasant aroma of roasted cornflakes with a hint of saltiness. Palate: Rose petals canon, reinforced sherry influence first touch on the…

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Dram Review: Berry Bros & Rudd Clynelish 1997 Cask 6867

[55.3%・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2013・16 Years Old・Berry Bros & Rudd Bottling・Cask 6867・Single Cask Release] Nose: This one needs some breathing initially but once it sits for a while the old school sherry note surfaces.  Pu’erh tea with an underlying waxiness.  Caramel tart dressed freely with chocolate sauce and caramelized banana mush.  Hint of old dunnage…

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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…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Clynelish 1996 Aged 18 Years (Cask hand picked by The Whisky Exchange)

Style: Light Sherry and Honey Wax Nose:  Strawberry and rhubarb jam pouring over smooth beeswax on the nose. Sweet figs simmering as a steel slate of mineral spices placed beneath. Black peppercorns, chilli growling while back on top we have lovely honey lemon tea flowing. Chocolate malt at the deepest core. Palate: Start from fragrant sweet…

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