This is another great Clynelish in the best tradition of the old Brora style (not the heavy peated one that Brora produced in the early seventies when it was re-opened to compensate for a peated malt shortage due to a severe drought on Islay - but the earlier lighter and more subtle Brora style of the mid-sixties). I simply love this stuff!
The colour is pale straw and the texture shows many small sticky tears that consolidate into bigger ones with very slow legs, a fine oiliness! The nose offers exactly that complex and balanced aromas profile that I hoped for, really adorable. I can sniff this for hours and still I detect something new (no I will not name all the aromas, simply find out yourself - this is a great dram to train your olfactory cells).
The taste itself is delicate and marches in different waves across the taste buds. This is great as it helps to identify more of the beautiful flavours it is composed of (again, a perfect dram to check your taste buds too). Water releases more aromas in the nose but it turns the taste slightly bitter (not unpleasantly) - nevertheless I like the neat dram better.
The whisky arrives warming and nicely coating in the mouth with no distracting moment whatsoever (remember the oiliness?). The finish is medium and adds (even) more spices and sugars to the mix, no bitter, drying or astringent notes again. This whisky was bottled exactly at the right time and it proves very compelling that the best age for single malt whisky is around twenty years (there are exceptions, of course).