Clynelish 27 yo 1982 (45.5%, Exclusive Casks, finished in fresh European oak, cask #9865, 2010) Colour: amber with orange hues. Nose: it’s always better to try such bottlings blind because of course, once you know that there’s new oak, you get new oak. My bad. Having said that, I like these slightly farmy notes that hint at neighbouring Brora distillery, the new leather, the whiffs of pencil shavings and fresh sawdust, then the mocha and café latte, vanilla, beeswax, young Swiss cheese (not cheesy at all, rather flowery), dog rose tea, toasted bread and oak… It’s not very ‘Clynelish’ in my opinion but this difference is pleasant. Mouth: this is more ‘Clynelish’ for sure, even if it’s a tad unlikely. The saltiness is rather obvious, the resinous waxiness as well, there’s also something slightly meaty/yeasty (brown sauce?), some walnut liqueur (the one you make using green nuts with the bur)… It’s all very different, without Clynelish’s usual crispness. Finish: medium long. Notes of cured ham and herbal liqueur in the aftertaste. Comments: right, this is difficult whisky. As a Clynelish lover, I’m missing Clynelish. As someone who’s regularly tasting quite a few whiskies, I applaud the rather ‘whacky’ profile, because this whisky is unlike any other whisky. Vive la difference! Now, as always, I’d have been keen on trying this baby before finishing… SGP:452 - 80 points.
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