Does need quite a bit of water and patience to get the balance right, though. Too sharp without water.
Improves mightily in the open bottle.
Enticingly floral and creamy-sweet. Semolina pudding with caramel, hibiscus blossoms, pear pulp, grapes, sugared grapefruit. With water, it becomes even more floral and fragrant.
Surprisingly sweet – the bourbon barrel has left its mark. It's interesting to see that Clynelish's famous mineralic side, while already present, seems to develop more and become stronger as the spirit increases in age. Undiluted, the focus lies on high-fructose-corn-syrup sweetness as well as floral and fruity aspects (a lot of citrus). Water brings out more spicy oak, stretches out and differentiates the flavor development, with everything becoming more crisp.
Sweet/sour/spicy with a chalky tinge and a peppery kick from the oak. Can't quite hide its young age at this point.