Clynelish 1982/2010 (48.7%, Malt of Scotland, bourbon hogshead, cask #5894, 229 bottles) Colour: pale gold. Nose: starts with a blast of fresh oak, including big whiffs of fresh varnish, clear and loud. Once again, you get accustomed to those notes and you get then notes of cider apples and green pears plus quite some vanilla custard and the trademark waxy notes. Also notes of cedar wood (brand new cigar humidor, if you see what I mean) and maybe a little young comté cheese, which I always enjoy (comté is an un-cheesy cheese!) With water: some smoke! Barbecue? And some green curry, cardamom… And fresh putty. What a nose! Mouth (neat): wowie! It seems that these great 1982/1983 Clynelishes now come to a perfect age. Anybody screaming that young whisky is ‘globally’ as good as old whisky should try this baby. Anyway, digressing again… The main flavours (you know them, wax, garden fruits, lemon and minerals) start to decompose into many ‘smaller’ flavours, which is what we expect from perfect whisky maturation I guess (and what you do not seem to be able to get from speeded-up ageing, whichever the ‘wood’ you use). Digressing yet again, I’d better talk about this whisky. It’s great. With water: it’s even greater. State of the art. Finish: I’ve watched a movie by Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov last night. It was really cool but just as long as this Clynelish’s finish (you rhymester!) Maybe because it was in Russian and I don’t understand Russian? Comments: enough babbling, this one’s stunning. Enorme, as we say in French. SGP:562 - 93 points.