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Clynelish 14 Year Old

A bouquet on a wharf...

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

20th May 2014


Clynelish 14 Year Old
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Sometimes I don’t understand the variation in scores given to a whisky in online reviews, and other times I completely understand. Clynelish 14 fits into the latter. It’s a peculiar one, and I can appreciate the disparity of opinions it will provoke. It’s simply not made to fit everyone’s tastes. But it is good, and it’s one of those malts you’ll remember if not for its quality, then at least for its character.

Nose: Honey, vanilla, apples, pears, oak, sea air, lemon rind, marmalade, nutmeg, ginger and LOADS of perfume/floral notes. Seriously floral.

Palate: Medium bodied and slightly oily. A bit fizzy. We’re greeted by vanilla, honey, beeswax, apples, pears, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger, and an entire meadow of flowers.

Finish: BIG perfume flavours continue to dominate the taste. Aside from the floral notes we have some gentle smoke, butter, apples, pears, cinnamon, brine, oak, and white pepper. Medium finish with some solid coastal notes worked in.

Well, this is definitely a distinctive whisky. It’s like walking along a fisherman’s wharf wearing women’s perfume and holding a bouquet of flowers; something I’m sure you all do regularly. While its coastal character might be compared to Old Pulteney, the floral and perfume notes are unmistakably Clynelish. You’d be hard-pressed to find something similarly blossomy. While I do enjoy this, it’s is a whisky that I need to be in the mood for. On some nights it’s just what the doctor ordered, and some nights I feel like I’m drinking my girlfriend’s perfume. That being said, there is an inimitable character and an adherence to quality here. It’s something I thoroughly enjoy when I’m up for it. It’s different and it’s good. Recommended.

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BlueNote commented

Spot on review hunggar. I had a 200ml of this one last year in Scotland. Quite liked it by the time it was finished. I did have a bottle of their Distiller's Edition a few years ago and liked it a lot. Haven't had it since as it is a ridiculous price here in Vancouver.

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hunggar commented

Thanks @BlueNote. I'm also a fan of the DE. I'm working on a bottle of the 1992 release right now. I actually prefer it to the standard 14 yr old, but it's a strange one to say the least. I'm looking forward to reviewing it once I get to know it a little bit better.

10 years ago 0

WhiskyBee commented

Superb review (as if you were capable of anything less). Like you, this was a back-and-forth whisky for me. I finished my bottle a few months ago and never felt especially compelled to buy a new one. Now you've got me considering it, dang yiz!

10 years ago 0

hunggar commented

@WhiskyBee, I can appreciate that. I don't think I'd want this as a staple in my cabinet either. Definitely a once in a while whisky.

10 years ago 0

mct commented

I also don't understand why this whisky is not on the same level as Brora

7 years ago 0