Clynelish 18 yo 1996/2015 (55.5%, Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange, refill sherry, cask #6509, 606 bottles) Probably a butt again. Colour: deep gold. Nose: starts with chocolate and mint plus porcinis and cigars. I agree a perfect lunch. Gets then ‘extremely more’ complex, with old herbal liqueurs, sawn fruit trees, liquorice wood, aquavit (caraway for sure), walnut stain… We’re almost nosing an old amontillado. Not sure the distillate has much of the floor so far, but the whole’s great. With water: old books and papers, walnut wine, earth, wet grass, wet dogs (hello, dogs!), old wines… Mouth (neat): bitter oranges, leather, tobacco, strong liquorice and bitter chocolate. Notes of heavy Demerara rum. Big stuff, as they say in Sumo. With water: its now that the distillate speaks out. Waxy oranges and orangey waxes, pepper, a little brine... Finish: very long but clean. Comments: what great with these bottlings is that even if it’s very big whisky, it never gets tiring. In other words, it’s moreish.SGP:562 - 89 points.