Overall rating
84.32/100
votes
25
Whiskybase ID
WB193112
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Whisky Import Nederland (WIN)
Bottling serie
First Cask
Vintage
2010
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Strength
55.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
WIN dranken B.V.
Added on
07 oct 2021 1:50 pm by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 94.95

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Whisky reviews for A Highland Distillery 2010 WIN

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.32 points.

  1. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Distillery character apparent, but something is off; maybe the cask was tired. A cask strength integrity bottling: I hoped for more!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

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  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Incognito

    Although it is not explicitly mentioned on the label, the drawing of the distillery (the old Brora) is enough to realize that we are talking about a Clynelish here. It concerns a distillate from 2010 that slept on a hogshead – what type? – and was still 55.4% strong when bottled.

    The nose is a bit... strange. I get baby puke right after the fruit porridge and a lot of caramel. There is also a saltiness to it. Something of nuts and leather. Tobacco and candied orange. If I had to venture a guess, I would say they used an Amontillado or Fino sherry cask. The distillery character is hard to find.

    Great body and good strength – that often goes hand-in-hand – where the fruit now becomes a little clearer and the somewhat off-notes that I had earlier are masked. Again a lot of nuts and now also toffee – feel free to make salted caramel – before some soft spices show themselves. But again... this Clynelish is quite incognito. But on the palate already much better than what the nose announced.

    The finish is medium-long and goes very quickly from sweet and spicy to bitter and dry. Old leather on the deathbed.

    Don't get me wrong, this is certainly not an unpleasant whisky. But from Clynelish I expect more waxiness and distillery character. The cask dominated here quite a bit. Thanks for the sample, Manny!

  4. LittlePeat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I think it's a Clynelish. Not bad at all, but too much caramel and therefore out of balance. The style of cask influence reminds me of Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Balli scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Lack of power and taste. It's weird that this has been bottled.

  6. sengaia scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A disjointed Clynelish where the undoubtedly first fill cask is very powerful and the whisky is too young to have developed enough complexity. The spirit fights against the onslaught of vanilla and oak and while this is entertaining, it’s also a bit tiring. Eventually the oak wins.

    Overall this is decent whisky, but one always hopes for more from this distillery.

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Extra note: I find it rather doubtful that a professional seller of this whisky is rating it with 88 points, without having written a proper note. Isn't this something that should be monitored and enforced?

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The picture on the label could mislead you, but doesn't lead to any lack of clarity on the other side. It depicts the Old Clynelish aka Brora Distillery with the remarkable chimney, the malt tower and the pagoda. The whisky is from the new Clynelish distillery however.

    Without any spoilers: this is a cask-driven whisky, probably Amontillado sherry. It is a fairly nutty/earthy, caramel and toffee driven whisky. Not so much influence of the spirit. I see that Whiskybase put in its online shop that this was matured in a bourbon cask, but when tasting it I can't imagine that this would be the case.

    Don't expect a full-on sweet cooked fruit and leathery whisky on the other hand. It has some spices on the palate that lead to a warming, mildly drying finale.

    Too bad that the distillery character is not so present anymore? That's up to your taste. My answer: maybe yes, but the whisky is a nice dram for the rainy autumn days. Just be sure to let it breathe for a while, or you will have a total other experience to put it mildly.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Make sure you let this breathe for a while. After pouring, it's like caramel confectionery and vomit.
      Later, the vinous nose is obvious, with the nutty influence of Amontillado or Oloroso sherry. I guess it's amontillado as there is a yeasty (flor?) smell too. There is caramel, peanut (Snickers?), tobacco leaf, wet hay, orange zest and baked apple. The fruity, waxy spirit has been subdued, there is only a hint of polish to be detected.
    • Taste
      83 83
      It's full-bodied, quite coating from the ABV, giving a semi-sweet associated kick. With water, this kick is reduced somewhat which makes it easier to taste. This gives way to the sherry-led, nutty but caramellised profile to get through again. Nuts and toffee galore. Leaf, coffee grounds, a bit of wax and orange blossom. Towards the finale, a mild and sweet spice mix comes in.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is medium in length, slightly tannic but within the boundaries of the pleasant. The spices come to the fore. Further: gingerbread, coffee grounds, creme brulee, toffee, peanuts and a bit of leather.

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