Of course, they did! I like these mystery bottlings for (given today's price level for 30+years drams) reasonable bucks - if they are such good. This (most probably) Clynelish shows the best what this excellent distillery can offer at such an age: a complex, balanced and delicate dram without any flaw or off-note. This is comparable to some Brora releases from that vintage (the year Brora was closed), so image the price a 36-years old Brora would fetch these days...
[September, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and still I like it very much. This is malt whisky at its best, full of complexity and surprising impressions both in the nose and on the palate without flaws or off-notes. Very, very interesting to explore and not easy, but extremely enjoyable to drink.
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a delicate, complex and harmoniouos profile (out of a big spheric blender's glass). There are so many different impressions that it is hard to name them all - from ripe fruits, honeys, spices, salt, waxes, oils all the way to herbal and autumn floral aromas, shy peaty and firm wooden notes. All is nicely balanced without any off-note - a dram to explore for hours. After significant breathing time the spices grow stronger and additional mineral-chalky notes are released which are very interesting.
The taste is layered and offers much more (hot) spices than the nose which are delicious (white peppers, chili, ginger and the like). They counter nicely the sweet fruits and honeys and pep up the waxes and oils. The wood is firm but never dominating, again I cannot find no flaw nor imbalance. After some chewing the sugars combine to milk chocolatey impressions and the old-style flavours (waxes, oils) grow stronger.
The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without any distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more waxy and chocolatey flavours which I like. Again no distracting moments here but the finish turns a little more bitter (herbs, teas) towards the end. Water is not needed, this dram is perfect at cask strength.