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Cleaning out the cabinet, and saw that my bottle of Clynelish 14yo was almost empty. Guess I better make a stop at the distillery and pick up a new bottle, as it is a quite essential part of a man's whisky collection. I've said this before on another clynelish review here. This is a distillery with a solid reputation and a permanent place in my personal top 10.
Nose: Zesty, floral and ever so slightly waxy: a basket of tangerines, a vague scent of pears, vanilla sticks, a whiff of smoke (has always been a mystery to me), sea spray and something reminiscent of paraffin. A dash of water sets the salty aromas free.
Mouth: elegant medium body, clean and oily on the palate: a marriage of fruit and spice. Fruity tones: bitter orange oil, vanilla, undertones of bitter oak and hints of juniper. Spicy tones: black pepper and ginger. clean, elegant. dashes of vanilla, ginger. Medium bodied and slightly oily sea salt. (Water induces a certain softness, spicy notes are replaced by softer fruity ones, but the dryness and bitter remain.)
Finish: Quite long, bitter and salty, with a bit of spicy oak and a drop of smoke in its tail. (with water: soft and long, but the viper lost some of its venom; an overall saltier profile)