Whisky Review: Clynelish Select Reserve Special Release 2015

Style: Citus-y and Complex Nose:Lemon peel, Sprite lightly mixed with peppermint schnapps to give a satisfying warmth. Mineralic and coastal peat echoing a gentle whisper. Orange confectionaries sprinkled with citrus salt. Barley scattered around carelessly while a thin layer of wax coated around the core. Light pencil shavings and floral fragrance sitting at the bottom.…

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Dram Review: Clynelish 200th Anniversary Aged 20 Years

[57.3%・20 Years Old・Bottled in 2019・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 1,819 Bottles] Nose: The Sherry theme is noticeably heavy right from the get go with a whiff of spirit intensity coming across as rather strong.  Toffee crisp adding to the weight with some poached fruits adding to the mix in time.  Quite oily at first but develops…

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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”…

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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…

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Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Clynelish Aged 35 Years Exclusively Bottled for Aaron Chan (Cask No. 2566)

[52.2%・35 Years Old・Distilled in 1983・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2566・Single Cask Release of 144 Bottles] Nose: Ahhh, the nose is immediately captivating with this dense matured musk; mahogany furniture heavily and meticulously wax polished.  There are some savoury notes settling over the fruits, wood fired bell pepper and capsicum, whilst a mushroom-y note peels off…

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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…

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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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