...and indeed, it is! This is Clynelish at its best, obviously the early seventies vintages are the golden era of both the new Clynelish and the old Brora distillery. So, dear Diageo experts: Do you really know what they did differently during these times to make the Brora revival a success? Or will it end up like Ardbeg where they tried everything to recreate the seventies Ardbeg profile but failed, sadly. Not that the new Ardbeg is bad but it is far away from the glorious old profile. I cross my fingers for the Brora revival and have some old Clynelish/Brora drams while waiting for the outcome...
The colour is pale gold and out of a big spheric blender's glass the nose offers a delicate and complex profile with dozens of different aromas. It is both fun and enjoyment to explore this nose, but take your time. It opens up greatly upon breathing and grows stronger. There are a lot of fine old-style aromas in a lightly peated setting, among them different waxes, furniture polish and chalky-mineral notes. The fruits and honeys are truly adorable in this mix as are the autumn-floral impressions (dry haystacks, leafes). Great stuff to sniff, this is complexity and harmony at work.
The taste is multi-layered starting with the old-style waxy-herbal flavours before the honeys kick in, among them traces of Manuka. The fruits are shy and leave the stage to the other players but finally they arrive in the spotlight (by the way, there are some rather unusual fruits like cantaloupe, pumpkin and mango). The longer I chew this dram the sweeter it gets with molten sugars, honeys and fruit which are perfectly contained by the waxes, oils and spices. No flaw or imbalance, this taste is close to perfection.
The dram arrives very charming on the palate and instantly coats all of the mouth with its creamy texture. No distracting moments, just pleasure. The finish is medium to long and turns more waxy-mineral - like the start of the taste was. Towards the end minor bitter impressions (green tea, tobacco leafes) join in which are welcomed as a new encounter. Some water turns the nose even more complex and releases adorable exotic fruits together with more honeys, I like that. Same with the taste which gets even more quaffable with a reduction. I like to explore this dram neat but enjoy quaffing most at around 46% abv.