Ahhh here we have Bourbon barrel matured Clynelish as it stands in the book so much is immediately clear. This waxy mineral combination with fruits, apples and citrus fruits is only available from Clynelish. I find pretty much the standard 14er here, simply in barrel strength and with a little more complexity. I don't know how to describe this extremely typical combination of aromas, but for me it is the perfect symbiosis of waxy aromas that then tip over into the mineral and the whole thing sticks to the fruity-sweet aromas but also has slight notes of salt, Coast and also a light (fruit) acidity with it. You mix all of this into a sticky puree and then call it Clynelish :-D
The alcohol is very well integrated, powerful but soft and dignified. That's the way it has to be. Dripping honey with some Turkish pastries can be found in the background, and some hay and mountain herbs can still be found quite hidden.
This typical taste spreads powerfully in the mouth. The alcohol tickles a little, but is still well to very well integrated, it simply gives some strength that the 14er lacks something. The mineral-waxy side dominates the first sip, but not in a dirty, slightly sulphurous way as is often the case with a sherry barrel maturation from Clynelish, but here in the bourbon barrel variant more in the direction of candle making, beeswax and mineral-smelling chalk. The sweet aromas are also there, light bee honey, spicy vanilla oak, powdered sugar and sweet and sour apples. Here, too, the comparison to the 14 standard is very close, simply all a little better, a little more powerful and significantly more playful and complex. A dream, I don't know what else to say about it.
On the finish, more oak spices, a slight bitterness and a little more wood and malt. Nevertheless, the sweet vanilla always plays a role, and all of this can be found in the background of the flavors described above.
Long and now a little warming in the throat and palate - although the alcohol is still well integrated here you can feel the power in the finish and a light breeze of menthol / mint sets in in the mouth. Otherwise it remains waxy and mineral, here too unmistakable and just delicious. I can't get out of the raving - until I remember that I only had one sample of this whisky and it is all the same. Damn!
There is also a spicy oak finish, the years in the barrel show and complement the mineral aromas very well. The wax and chalk stick to the palate for a long time, and it tastes great like Clynelish for minutes.
Yes, that's how I really like Clynelish. I would immediately buy any bottle of this dream material and enjoy it. Fortunately, you get the light version with the standard 14, but it shows exactly that cask strength and a little more maturation can bring a lot more fun and is still worth the money. While you can enjoy the 14er quickly and easily, you get the experience of dealing with the dram, discovering a lot and enjoying similar but much more complex flavors.
N-92, T-92, F-91 for excellent 92 points