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Clynelish 16 Year Old 1996 Blackadder Raw Cask


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

3rd Aug 2021


Clynelish 16 Year Old  1996 Blackadder Raw Cask
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This Raw Cask bottling from Blackadder is already a bit older, but thanks to my buddy Manny from the Netherlands I was able to put it on the lips. It is a Clynelish distilled in 1996 and aged on a sherry cask. After 16 years it delivered 528 bottles at cask strength, in this case a whopping 58.6%. And yes, there are again some black crumbs in it... after all, it's a Raw Cask release.

The nose is relatively alcoholic, but once you get past it, you get nice notes of blue grapes, overripe red apples, gooseberries, candied oranges, walnuts and dark honey. Hint of chocolate and something of wet earth. I just love this.

It comes in study, but nice and waxy as you might expect from Clynelish. That's so nice. Raisins, oranges, gooseberries, almond shavings, walnuts and fresh fig. There's a lot going on here. And while I once again wallow in pleasure because of the delicious sherry touches combined with the great waxy whisky, I am not totally insensitive to the light notes of sulfer as from a strcuk match. But I'm not going to let it get to my heart. This is very good.

The finish starts sweet at first (apricots and pineapple) and nicely spicy, then suddenly becomes very dry.

Another stunner, Manny. Thank you very much!

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