I never thought he was a Clynelish, because the typical notes are missing. Requires water, as it is very spicy in the beginning, I do not have a typical sherry taste either. With water, this is more recognizable, dried fruits, oak, but also slightly cellar muff in the nose. Tasty but unusual Clynelish.
If this was done blind, I would not have guessed that this was Clynelish, because there is no waxiness to be found whatsoever. Still, this came off much older and mature than the age would suggest. To be fully enjoyed I think a good dousing in water is needed however. Very enjoyable although atypical Clynelish.
Smells much older than 12 years. A lot of old oak, pencil shavings, and dried figs. Astringent at this strength, varnish and dry parchment. With water: more savory, nutmeg and perhaps even cumin. Sweetness is emerging, with hints of caramel and candied ginger. Scotch mist is fully visible now, so we’re somewhere around 40-44% ABV. The nose is quite perfumed and savory. Candied apples and pears, poached peaches – all sprinkled with saw dust and cinnamon.
Arrives juicy-sour, with rhubarb, gooseberries, and water melon rind. Slightly tannic, but without turning dry. Menthol most definitely as well. With water: less acidic, but still tart – the rhubarb is slightly bitter, burned caramel, maybe even over-brewed black tea with mint.
Medium-long. The balance between savory and sour is quite pleasant now. Good length, with mentholated oak and minted black tea. Perhaps even a few sprinkles of cocoa.
Bottler's tasting notes: Aroma: Rich and layered: sweet brown sugar and candied cherries combine with dried fruit and nutmeg. With time fragrant orange blossom and ripe citrus highlights. Taste: Intriguingly complex with smooth warming ginger, milk chocolate. Touches of baked plum develop over time into orange marmalade and mature forest fruits. Finish: Medium to long with a lingering lime zest edge.
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