Clynelish 14 Year old

Good runner until the finish line

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WhiskyBee

Date:

10th Sep 2012

Reviewer rating:

87

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The average score for this whisky is 84.

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Tasting Notes by WhiskyBee

I'm a little undecided about Clynelish 14 yo, although I'd give it a solid thumbs-up overall. It has a one-of-a-kind nose and taste, but I'm still trying to figure out what's going on in the finish. I've had three drams from a new bottle, and it's that finish that's been the only major change with each encounter.

This one needs a little time and a healthy splash of water to reveal all it has to offer. Too harsh and bitter on the palate when sipped neat or with just a few drops of Adam's ale.

Nose: Some not-unpleasant medicine is tempered with flowers and loads of lemon and lime. Earthy and untamed, and all the better for it.

Arrival/Development: It's off to a great start. A citrus burst with loads of pepper; no soft cream or vanilla here. Turns salty in a hurry, with hints of smoke and licorice. None of the above is especially overwhelming or dominant, so the combined effect is both unique and pleasing.

Finish: A big, long "hmmmmmm," followed by several minutes of head-scratching. Seems to go back and forth between a chalky, quick-drying effect that wipes out everything that's come before, and some bitter caramel/citrus notes. It gets better with time, and with each successive dram, but its erratic behavior remains.

I'd recommend it nonetheless. A fine nose and a pleasant overall taste compensate for an uncertain exit. If I could nose it for an hour, then let it swim around in my mouth forever without having to swallow, it would easily rate a 90-plus.

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Whisky details

Distillery/Brand:

Clynelish

Region:

Highland

ABV:

46%

Colour:

Chardonnay

Comments

drinix

drinix wrote:

@WhiskyBee this is probably the whisky that benefited the most from oxidation. You'll see that with time, the more you drink it the sweeter it will get. In addition, I found this whisky to be quite "nervous" in the beginning, but with time it relaxed and revealed all its great flavors.

10 September 2012 13:32
WhiskyBee

WhiskyBee wrote:

@drinix, thanks for the advice. Sounds like I have something to look forward to. If I notice the positive changes as the bottle level goes down, I'll post some additional thoughts here in the comments section.

10 September 2012 19:01
PeatyZealot

PeatyZealot wrote:

Bought it today and I would do the review almost exactly the same. I also think the finish lacks a bit, but in the nose and taste it´s quite something. Some nice flavours come back later on in the finish, but by then most people have already lost their attention haha. When I was half way the second dram I felt like experimenting a bit, so I poured some Caol Ila 12 in it just for fun and it turned out just wonderful; they complement eachother beautifully. In the nose you get roses on a beach with a campfire in the background. The Clynelish fills the gaps in the flavour, while the Caol Ila lengthens the finish quite a bit. I think it was about 2/3 Clynelish and 1/3 Caol Ila. If you own both the bottles, give it a shot!

09 March 2013 18:30

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