Definitely needs water, otherwise it stays too snappy on the palate. Otherwise a really nice thing, even if the Clynelish character is only recognizable at second glance.
Wow, this deep, sweet-spicy forest honey note reminds me a bit of older (25-30 yo) OA-Highland Parks. Really a great ex-bourbon barrel, full of resinous, oily, sticky textures, overflowingly scented softwood aromas, hints of sweet clementines and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Does not go through dramtic transformations in the glass now, but what he does makes him very excellent. A really thick, fat, high-quality highlander, with which you can get an example of the difference between Bourbon Barrel and Bourbon Hogshead: Here everything is much more concentrated and denser than would be the case with Hoggie. I like.
Too intense without adding water, and after a drop is in it, it is best to leave it for a few minutes until the small explosion of bourbon cask aromas, which unfolds when the water releases the bound oils, has run its course and has subsided again. After everything has settled down, there remains an extremely round, still thick and concentrated tree juice syrup, the salty polish notes of which, on closer inspection, reveal its origin in Brora. Fruit fetishists should look elsewhere, however; this is all very sweet and spicy, with at most a few overripe juice oranges and canned tangerines, which provide the necessary minimum amount of acid.
Honey, beeswax, sea salt. Long, with proper wood spice.