Sturdy malt that does not disappoint. If I had to gamble, I would say this is a young Clynelish.
A friend from Germany
recently sent me a 'blind' sample with the request of trying to identify it. A
bit of a test. But I am happy to take on this challenge, although I realize it
is a very difficult, but also very fun, exercise. I tried it, wrote these notes
and sent them to Michael. Only afterwards did he let me know what I had tasted.
A few days after
reading my tasting notes, Michael sent me a little video in which he revealed
the bottle. His commentary was short and sweet: 'bulls' eye!'.
Fresh nose on loads
of citrus. A touch of pineapple cubes, malt, hint of pilsner (the good kind),
hazelnuts and some dandelions. Softly spiced on ginger and a lot of liquorice.
Nice evolution. Some candle wax. No, it is paraffin. Becomes quite waxy indeed.
Soft arrival on the
palate, but very expressive from the get go. The waxiness from the nose is even
more pronounced on the palate. The fruit is white. Think appels and a single
pear. Some citrus, but not as much as on the nose. A nice smokiness and a touch
Long finish on spices
and white fruit. Bittersweet death.