Tasting Notes by Whiskyfun:
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Instantly reminds me of the "Synch Elli" at 46% that we had during the class, with this fruitiness that "comes straight from the 1970s" coated with a waxiness that is rather more "1980s" indeed. The whole is terrific despite something a tad too spirity and kirschy that is probably related to the very high ABV. With water: more soot, more grass, more wax.
Mouth (neat): Bang! This profile hits you right between your eyes, with the wax, the orange zests, the slight smokiness, the thick grass, the lemon that adds zing to the whole. With water: this is why I love these Clynelishes. It is not really complex whisky, and maybe even a tad roughish, but the balance between the fruits and this very idiosyncratic waxiness is divine.
Finish: Long, with more grass and oils. Lemon oil?
Comments: This may be for Clynelish lovers exclusively. Yes, more for us. Perfect age for a 1982/1983 Clynelish but it will stand even more ageing in my opinion. Yes I am partial to Clynelish.
SGP:553 - 92 points.