So how does this stack up against the single cask Glendronachs? Pretty well I would say. But then again I think those Glendronachs are WAY overrated. All of the really good ones were bottled around 2012. That's when I loved them. Not so much now. All told, this Clynie is pretty pretty pretty, as Larry David would say, a pretty pretty good Bubbala of a dram.
This said, I like the 9 year old JWC Clynie more. It's not huge, it's just a simple pleasure but it reminds me of what it used to mean to be Clynelish not so very far from Brora when Brora didn't yet look like the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah in the middle of a sheep pasture.
That 9er let me wax nostalgic (heavy on the wax). And it was way cheaper too, which is good sense on the cents. Alas, alack, when the bottle ran dry, I pressed my head between my hands and exclaimed, "Oy vey iz mir." Woe is me, and, you know, there might not be any Clynelishes left like that one.
Nay, it reminded me of a 9 year bottled 9 times 3 years ago. I'm always a sucker for the vintage tasting Clynelishes. A while back I reviewed an Exclusive Malts Clynelish 15 that hit some of the same brain cells in my delighted skull, Reanimator be damned: "Herbert Go West young Golem."
In fact, I got an email about that bottle just this week from a guy who seems to have scored himself one. Good for him. Damn. Bad for me. Made me wax nostalglic again. I went online and looked. No such luck. They're long gone. Wax on, wax off. That old CWC had a burned plastic note that should have been godawful but was damned good instead. But why? Why? Well, it just was. And my snobby whisky friends all agreed, to a one. Salty, oceanic, waxy, farmy, Brora-esque yummers.
The barley grew better back then. Now, the skies are sprayed with deeth and the ground is sprayed with deeth and the sun is too white and not yellow like it used to be and the distilleries are run by computers instead of Zen master distillers.
Meh, what're ya gonna do. If it's not one thing, it's another. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! Time for another dram of the 23. It's quite a delicious whisky.