Clynelish 23 yo 1990/2014 (49%, Adelphi, refill bourbon barrel, cask #3233, 176 bottles) Five stars
High hopes here but careful with these vintages… Colour: straw. Nose: phew, it’s a waxy batch. We could stop here but since it‘s Clynelish… Orange peel, beeswax, sunflower oil, burning candles, riesling, ink and newspapers, baker’s yeast, sourdough, pine needles… This is what I’d call an obvious nose. Or perfection made whisky. Mouth: medicinal arrival, then chalk, lemon, plasticine, riesling, pine liqueur, a drier chartreuse, a drop of Jägermeister (ich bitte um Entschuldigung) and a vast amount of citrus peels. Terrific. Finish: long, tense, almost a little brutal, as when you’ve had the strongest and driest herbal drinks. I think we could have called the anti-maltoporn brigade. Comments: insane whisky that hits you right between your eyes in spite of the moderate strength and the virtual absence of peat. Hate it that I missed this one when it was still on the shelves; what was I doing?
SGP:462 - 92 points.