Clynelish 1997 that I tried, but it holds its own. Lastly seen for around 90
EUR (which I do not find cheap, considering the other bottles of Clynelish 1997
I acquired in the last two years).
The nose needs a
little time to show its true colors. But it is nicely fruity on sugared lime
peel, oranges and grapefruit. Nice touches of toffee and beeswax. A little
waxy, but less than I am used to from this vintage. Some grass and flints.
Candle wax. Hints of almonds. Mildly salty touch. So far so good, but I did
expect it to be a bit more powerful.
On the palate it is
immediately fairly bitter like white grapefruit. Now it is very waxy, I must
say. Spicy too. White pepper, ginger, liquorice, quinine. Touch of peat that
allows for a nice smoky development. The salty edge reappears.
The finish is medium
long on grapefruit and wood. Mildly bittersweet at the death.