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Clynelish 1982 Malts of Scotland, cask 5895

Divine Twins

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

23rd Apr 2010


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This Clynelish 1982 was bottled by the independent bottler Malts of Scotland, based in Germany. It was distilled on 15/12/1982 and bottled last March, making it 27 year old. It has matured on a bourbon hogshead, cask number 5895 (which produced 263 bottles). It has an ABV of 51,5%. Retail price is about 100 EUR and the bottle is worth every cent.

Huge and complex nose with beewax, honey, sweet malt with some spices (nutmeg), a tad of vanilla and after a while some tropical fruits, primarily pineapple, melon and grapefruit.

The body is firm, filling up your mouth completely. The fruit is now accompanied by some salty notes like seaweed. The nutmeg is more pronounced as well. Very nice.

In the very warm and long finish, it’s again the fruit that dominates.

This is one of the best drams I’ve had in a long time. Truly divine and must have. Despite the rather steep price, this bottle is very much worth it. Get it now while you still can and put it under your Christmas tree (if you can wait that long). You will not regret it.

I also tasted from the sister cask, number 5894 that produced 229 bottles and was only recently released. It's almost exactly the same (ABV 48,7%) and also soon to become the stuff of legend.

I’d call them the Clynelish Divine Twins.

You can find the image of the bottle on my blog at blog.whivie.be. Enjoy!

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kian commented

i was lucky enough to get a 1982 clynelish bottled by perfect dram on the whisky exchange the other day.I had a glass a hour ago and i gotta agree is a mighty fine dram and although its a bit pricy its still great value for money.I think theres another simliar bottling been released today on TWE cos the other sold out in hours so be quick if anyone wants one.

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jdcook commented

This is me looking jealous... :p

12 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

JD, I've got you covered, mate. I have a 3cl sample in my database with your name on it.

12 years ago 0

Stu_R commented

This is indeed a great Clynelish and a really nice review Mark.

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