I am very worried even before trying it. A 43% whisky. I rarely do that to myself. Noooooooo, I'm not prejudiced. So give it a try ...
The nose is convincing from the first sniff - crystal clear clynelish with apples and citrus fruits, slightly mineral-waxy aromas and a salty breeze. Fresh, soft, aromatic. Simply typical, the OA 14er sends its regards. Malty and spicy, then honeycomb and candle making again. Vanilla toffee ice cream with fresher waffles, drizzled with honey. Then suddenly the salty sea air again. but all in all the typical clynelish 14 nose dominates - fruit and wax in a combination that I have not found anywhere else.
Surprisingly strong! Nothing is watered down here, the Clynelish explodes in your mouth. Wow that's unexpected. Here, too, the similarity to the OA 14er cannot be overlooked, but you can hardly believe it, I find the aromas here more intense and powerful. What, 43% real ?! I'm speechless. The typical apple and citrus flavors paired with wax, honey and a slight salty note are still evident. Oily and then there are pears and a little vanilla oak. I can only repeat myself, this is just typical of a Bourbon barrel Clynelish. If someone asks "how does Clynelish taste like" then here is the answer.
Nothing new here, it continues exactly the same, maybe with a little more oak and a little bitterness. The dram is now more spicy and salty than sweet, still mineral and still typical. I have to pour the OA 14er right away, there must have been a mix-up ?! I don't believe the 43% either.
A big surprise, this dram is excellent and has no problems with the 43% to shine anyway. It's not complex, I'll admit that, but if you just want to relax and enjoy typical clynelish then this fits perfectly here. The only question is: isn't it better to just buy the OA 14er at 2/3 the price?
N-89, T-88, F-87 for surprisingly great 88 points !!