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I recently sat down with a nice dram: the clynelish 14 YO. Right from the start it was a very nice experience.
The nose is a blast of sal and citrus with floral and woody notes. Very mouth watering. Very. There's something that reminds me of a freshly sharpend pencil. Pretty estery, but all very balanced and mellow.
In the mouth, the medium bodied coastal whisky gives me back all of this, but what came first was a somewhat sweet toasted barley. And something like Salty candied orange pells. I also get some wet carboard, but it's not bad. It just goes along the pencil shavings to remind me of school day past. Theres also a very cool, almost cold, wood spices that comes along with the vanilla. So the oak is very present.
And the finish is nothing to sneeze at either; The wood, the ester and the spices. It begged for a second mouthfull.
All in all, when I first opened the bottle, I was pretty sure it was a sherry matured scoth, bit after tasting it, I'm pretty sure that some bourbon casks were also used.
It's very reminiscent of a golden aged rum. All very good indeed.