The nose is world class and impresses with its creamy and fruity sweet character. The first half of the taste seamlessly ties in with the wonderful nose, dominated by dried fruits and creamy wax or dark honey. Gradually, however, the sweet and fruity elements are shallow, dark and tart aromas appear. Decayed wood and forest floor, a touch of furniture polish and increasingly darker wood tones disappoint me a little, with again and again flash dark and dried fruit elements. The aftertaste does not quite meet my taste, he is a little too dark, harsh and bitter. I do not perceive sulfur, though the dark and bitter aromas could well be the result of a slight hint of sulfur. However, the whole package is definitely right for this varied and multi-faceted bottling, right now, right now, after another minute sip, I cover up new flavors and a new combination of flavors. This strong filling tastes and knows to persuade in spite of dark, tart and slightly bitter aromas!
Strong and intense amber shines with a velvety red sheen in the Premium Snifter. On the glass wall sticks a syrupy streak from the long oily drops dissolve and pull their tracks into the glass. Dried berries and grapes mix with roasted aromas, creamy milk chocolate drips on sweet caramel and toffee. Discreetly appears musty and decayed forest soil, hints of ripe apricot and sweet vineyard peach combine with juicy cherries and dried orange slices to an incredibly fruity blend. Roasted hazelnuts and ground almonds dissolve slowly from sour cherries preserved in rum, my salivation is inevitably stimulated. Again show velvety vineyard peach and abrasion of orange peel, the nose is extremely harmonious and very well balanced, the alcohol is wonderfully involved. After this great nose, I am looking forward to the first sip.
Sour cherries and old orange juice moisten the lips, creamy nut chocolate melts on the tongue, decayed pieces of wood stick to the palate while slowly adding wooden sharpness to the tongue and lush warmth floods the palate. Again, the salivation is stimulated, tart and slightly dry wood elements end in decayed forest soil, bitter and dark dark dark chocolate rises. For the first time I can see the characteristics often mentioned in Clynelish: beeswax and honeycombs stick to the tongue, creamy and waxy sweet flavors stick in the palate while sour cherries and a touch of furniture polish slowly show. Likewise, more and more tart and dark wood tones in combination with peppery sharpness are noticeable. Cold deep black espresso flows over decayed wooden floorboards and drips on resinous forest floor, the tart aromas dominate the transition to the aftertaste.
The dark and tart wood elements are still sticking to the palate, a mixture of heat, varnished or glazed wood and a pinch of pepper pull voluminously through the throat. Again, sour cherries, dark chocolate and zest of old oranges show up. Spicy and wooden, the dark fruit and wood aromas gradually fade, leaving a discreetly sharp film on the tongue.