The nose is great. Gentle, balanced, the alcohol is very well integrated. And I actually smell sweet and old tropical fruits of all kinds. Banana, pineapple, mango. Above that a strong scent of vanilla and cotton candy. In addition, a typical mineral scent, slightly oily and salty. That's how it should be for Clynelish. But it is less strongly clynelish-typical than with the SV refill-sherry bottles that I have tried recently.
Extremely complex, there is always a new note in the foreground.
I could smell it for hours, there is always something new. Now there is some oak and seasoning, but only a little.
Candle and beeswax can be found stronger in the glass after 10 minutes, but it also remains in the background.
In the mouth, beeswax is much stronger and very mineral. Perfect!
Soft and creamy, plus oily and maritime. But the tropical fruits also remain strong, and I feel very reminded of the description of Rancio as given here:
The alcohol is still fantastically integrated and supports the taste without coming to the fore. The whisky is very sweet now. Add kiwi, apricots, light plum but not as strong as a sherry barrel. Great!
Towards the end a light hint of pepper on the edge of the tongue, which then merges nicely into the finish. This is still extremely soft and creamy, so you would give the dram a little more than 22 years.
An oily-sweet layer remains in the whole mouth, still with tropical fruits and the mineral-waxy Clynelish taste. It stays there for a very long time and I think I could do that much longer.
Really great clynelish with remarkable tropical fruits.
N-93-T-93-F-92 great 93 points and thus high on the annual list.
Update July 25, 2020:
Not even better at further tastings, the nose is almost perfect and just a dream.
This whisky is close to being the best I have ever tried in my humble whisky career.
N-97, T-95, F-95 for absolutely outstanding 96 points.
I bought several bottles of whisky for the first time to have stock. He is SO good.