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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1990 AD
3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points
- Balsa Wood
I confess, in the past few weeks I seem to have developed some kind of fetish for Clynelish. That’s not too hard as it’s such a good whisky. And through a friend in Holland I was able to get a sample of this 24 Year Old from Adelphi. Party!
Deliciously tropical nose on lemon, pineapple, vanilla ice cream (!) and paraffin. Sugard lime peel. Turkish Delight, green banana and coconut flesh in white chocolate. For a moment, I also get a small hint of baby shampoo, but it’s gone before you know it. Balsa wood with a hint of caramelized ginger. I’m a fan!
The body is oily, but less waxy than I am used to (or hoping) from Clynelish. Again tropical fruit, but now more apricots than pineapple, more oranges than lemon. A lovely sweetness kicks in from crème brûlée with maple syrup on top. Pencil shavings. Quinine. Ginger and mint. A soft spicy prickle. Lovely!
The finish is textbook Clynelish. Waxy, bittersweet, mildly drying on mint and garden herbs with some banana at the death. Even a tad candy-like.
Another grand malt from this rather modern distillery (built in 1968). Was around 150 EUR, but hard to find now. Thanks, Marcel!
- Tasted in comparison with casks 3846 and 3233, reviewed in my blog:
Vanilla icing. Lemon curd. Creme brulee. Slight ethanol coming through here. Waxy citrus peel. Paraffin. Light ginger. Sandalwood. A tropical fruit note similar to cask 3233 shows up but only after some time.
Very waxy mouthfeel. Bitter wood. Light smoke. Pencil shavings. Stewed apricots. Maple syrup. Woodspice. Waxy citrus peels.
Long. Bitter fruits. Banana. Treacle. Aromatic green herbs, menthol and wintergreen. Long dry banana flavour stays on the tongue with waves of woodspice at the back of the mouth.