A quaffable and enjoyable dram but in a blind tasting I never ever would have guessed a Clynelish. But who cares, if it tastes that good...
[December, 2019] I opened another bottle that I bought for 70 Euro in April, 2015. I fully confirm my old review, a nice old-style dram that is tasty and quaffable but not very "Clynelish-y". Who cares? Sláinte!
The colour is old gold and the texture shows small tears with slow moving legs. The nose is quite rich on an autumn floral and vanilla-toffee profile with spicy and herbal aromas. Nicely balanced and without any flaw (that I can find). Upon breathing fine old-style waxes and oily impressions join in.
The taste is quite smooth for a Clynelish and very creamy-chewable. Delicious and dangerously quaffable, but not a typical Clynelish taste. Nevertheless, I really like it! There are fine sweet sugary flavours in combination with milk chocolatey notes, waxes, oils, earthy notes and much more. All balanced
The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds some smokey-peaty flavours that are very welcomed. Again, no bitter or astringent notes. Some water releases more aromas and flavours both in the nose and on the palate - I like it best when reduced to about 46% abv.