Edit: I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this bottle as I drink it down. First off, it’s way too expensive for what it is. Secondly, it doesn’t fair well when in a lineup or compared to others. If you spend time and work with it, it rewards you, but it doesn’t hand it to you on a platter. Ive had better clynelish with this cask type/age. I’ll stick with my score, but that doesn’t factor price.
Here’s a little rumor: I heard while Clynelish was down for repairs Diageo shortened Dailuaine’s fermentation time to 54 hours to mirror Clynelish’s waxy profile for Johnny Walker Gold. If Diageo wanted to market Clynelish as a single malt (and why wouldn’t they) will they try and substitute Dailuane for Clynelish permanently? Interesting...
A shy and fickle nose. It’s hot and peppery with juicy stone fruits underneath, kiwi and mint. Wax? Not as much as I’d like, but needs time and you’ll find a little. Requires water to open up, and can handle a lot, but too much flattens out the palate and finish.
Bladnoch meets Clynelish. A bold and greasy, juicy with kiwi, dragon fruit, kumquat, peach pit. Spicy, but less so with water. Minty. Much more open on the palate than the nose. Overall very nice and better with water. Juicy - waxy - fruity.
Thick juicy fruits as above, more mint and some herbal notes of caraway. Still greasy with cough medicine notes. Long finish. Less spicy and fruitier with water. Gets quite oaky with too much water.