Clynelish 38 yo 1972/2011 (42.1%, Single Malts of Scotland, hogshead, cask #430341, 439 bottles)
Already many fabulous Clynelishes from the TSMOS/Specialty Drinks
racing team in the past… Colour: gold. Nose: well, all I can say is that
this is very ‘Clynelish 1972’, and that it’s not tired on the nose.
Beehive, yellow flowers and oranges, then more wax and a little
patchouli, then flints, clay, iron and linseed oil. An absolutely
perfect nose. Mouth: good attack, very lively, citrusy, typical, but the
oak is sot of starting to take over indeed. It’s not that the spirit
doesn’t manage to fight back but these notes of menthol and cinnamon are
a wee bit too much. Just a wee bit… A tiny wee bit… Finish: medium
length, a tad drying despite the beautiful notes of bitter oranges and
mead that remain in the background. Pepper. Comments: right, it’s still a
very wonderful whisky and it hasn’t lost its Clynelishness at all, but
indeed we’re now slowly approaching the limits. I’m absolutely sure this
was 92/93 points material five years ago… A great bottling nonetheless.
SGP:562 - 90 points.