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I must say that this whisky does keep you waiting. So the best approach to Clynelish 14 is to give it time to open up in the bottle. It really does wonders.
NOSE: creamy toffee with fresh fruits, a hint o butane gas, salt, honey (sweet clover honey) with some spices and bees' wax. As it sits in the glass, you also get floral hints, big vanilla and citrus. Beautifully cream-coated nose.
TASTE: oily and fruity arrival which then burst into a lovely complex combination of sweet, sour and peppery flavors. It's like oily honey with black pepper. Vanilla and toffee again.
FINISH: caramel, creme brulee note and a remote hint of peat. At first the finish is abrupt, but the more you come back to this whisky, the better the finish gets.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: a very nice dram which needs time to open up. That being said, I know see why it's mainly used in Johnnie Walker blends - it's a very good carrier of flavors, a nice foundation. And, although, it's pretty good on its own and it shows decent complexity of flavor, I wouldn't buy another bottle.