...and it is a shooting star! I never ever had any below-average Acorn bottling - actually, I never had an average-only either. But this one really is "Top of the Pops": a just 12-years old Clynelish dram that leaves you flabbergasted and full of thankfulness to be able to taste such a gem. Why the hell did I buy just one bottle back in 2004????
The colour is tawny and the nose offers a ... oops, not an easy to identify profile. There are some slightly cheesy aromas (comparable to some Longrow bottlings) that are unusual but not unpleasant. Beside this not many sherry aromas shine through, rather vanilla-toffee and indeed - after studying the label I recognise this is a bourbon cask maturation (wow, what a dark colour for a bourbon cask!). There are nice spices and white chocolatey aromas in a great balance with many other (but hard to name) flavours. This is a nose to explore and investigate for hours but I am afraid you will never discover the secret of it... This is whisky fun at its best (sorry, Serge for high-jacking your trademark!).
The taste is unbelievably complex for a 12-years old bourbon maturation and in a blind setting I would have guessed a sherry cask or something rather strange but never ever a bourbon cask. Wow, this really blows your minds off! Dozens of different flavours attack your taste buds in a coordinated offense but not to overwhelm them but to please them, instead. Serge would call the "antimaltoporn-brigade" in such a moment - I rather serve me a second dram... (why share such a beauty with a whole brigade???). Water turns the dram smoother and releases more flavours so I like it both neat and reduced (another characteristics of excellent whiskies).
The whisky arrives warming and charming on my taste buds with no distracting moment whatsoever. Simply enjoyable! The finish is very long and very satisfying with more creamy and fruity flavours that really pep it up. No distracting bitter-drying-astringent moments whatsoever - just very, very quaffable.