Both distilled in 1996 and made from bourbon casks with a measly 0.1% difference in alcohol content.
Hopefully this will be an exciting comparison.
FW: Beeswax and propolis meet sour notes of apple and subtle herbal notes and damp stones. Gooseberry and tangerine. With water, the sour, tangy side comes into its own a little stronger.
DW: Herbs, moist stones and honey on the nose, too, but with a stronger fruitiness. Mandarin, but also some lychee and mango. With a little water, the fruitiness is increased. A fruit basket glazed with honey. With some herbs: rosemary, dill, sage, a little mint.
Pure in the nose the differences are more likely to be found in the details, with water the differences become clearer.
FW: Quite sharp at the start, a little too burning for me. Nice fruity notes with water, paired with herbs and sweetness, with a slight acidity of kiwi and gooseberry.
DW: A bit hot to start with, even on its own, but a little less spicy. A fruit-honey-herb explosion in the mouth. Very intense and expressive. In direct comparison a bit fruity than the FW. Great mouthfeel, and the fruit is reinforced with water. The fruits are more exotic than local, more in the direction of lychee, passion fruit, pomegranate, persimmon.
FW: without water, strongly oak-accentuated, with water milder, sweeter and a little herbs. Both times medium to long finish.
dW: also very spicy and clearly oak. Here, too, more accessible and pleasant in the finish with additional sweetness and fruit.
In a direct comparison, the official Clynelish for your whisky has the edge. Less spicy to start with, more fruit, looks more harmonious overall.
The unofficial Clynelish (I'll eat a broom if that's not one!) With the sour side that is not so obvious with the "official" one. It is quite interesting, but in the overall picture I prefer the stronger fruit. With this comparison, I would give the unofficial one a point less than before