Color: Pale Gold
Nose: It's fresh all over. There's fresh fruit, mint, and barley. Nothing is overpowering, though--well-balanced. In fact, I'd call it an impressively restrained-yet-characterful bottling for being core-of-range and mass-distributed. It's hard not to think of waxiness here, but I question how much of that is "whisky taster branding," as "waxiness" is clearly the salient tasting note associated with all Clynelishes.
Mouth: Fruit and honey. The sweetness is certainly there, but again, it's not overdone. The balance remains impressive. You can quaff this, but you're not guzzling something simplistic.
Finish: The minty notes from the nose linger on the tongue. Not so much the fruit.
Comments: A first-rate large-scale official bottling. Along with Talisker 10 yo and Lagavulin 16 yo, it's one of the crown jewels in the Diageo range. I don't find it particularly difficult or heady like some other reviewers do. I'd have no problem recommending this as a daily dram, potentially even for a novice. At the same time, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be included in a connoisseur's collection as long as that person is aiming for a diversity of age and value. It's roughly on par for me with similar bottles like Ben Nevis 10 yo.