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Clynelish 1992 Distillers Edition

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@Nemesis101Review by @Nemesis101

5th Apr 2014


Clynelish 1992 Distillers Edition
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  • Finish
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Excepting Islay, my favourite two distilleries sit diagonally opposite each other at the far extremes of Scotland's mainland. These are Springbank in the warm gulf-stream lashed south-western Mull of Kintyre. And Clynelish in the cold, desolate and remote north-east, (OK, I might be exaggerating for poetic effect).

I've also got to admit to having a fondness for Diageo's 'Distiller's Edition' range. They all seem to have a 'warmth' about them, particularly the Dalwhinnie and Oban Distillers Editions. So let's see what they do to the traditionally dry and briney Clynelish....

Nose: Yep, it's definitely dry and briney. But with some red fruits, plums, a touch of treacle followed by cooked dark fruit. Blackberries and also a slight shortbread-type edge. Saltiness is the most apparent factor but not so that it overpowers everything else. Very nice.

Palate: Quite soft and sweet. Raspberry jam. Treacle sponge pudding. A return of black fruit. Dry, but the briney saltiness has now taken a back seat, allowing the fruitiness of the sherry cask to really show its quality. Really flavoursome.

Finish: Well it was never going to be anything else - very very dry, salty and briney. Sweet fruit tempers it, but I love dry finished malts. And this really lasts and lingers.

A wonderful whisky - I love it. But I was very surprised it was still available at a relatively cheap price. Distilled 1992, bottled in 2007 yet still available for £50. This is a cracking bargain. Grab one while you can.

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MCM commented

sounds nice

10 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

You interested me but I see it's only available in the UK from the typical source that has old bottles like this. It's "unobtainium" in the US. Enjoy your lovely bottle!

10 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

The 1999, that is.

10 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Whoops, I mean 1992. When it comes to Clynelish, if you weren't aware, 1992 is the stellar year to write home about. For some reason, no wrong could be done in 92. Not sure why it was so much better than other years. Of course, much older years were even better. This said, 92 stands out.

10 years ago 0

Nemesis101 commented

@rigmorole - no I wasn't aware of the 1992 greatness from Clynelish so thanks for the info - I'll see what else I can find. Although to be honest, I can't ever remember a bad bottle from this distillery. It is a pity that many bottlings seem unavailable in the US and elsewhere - I think we're blessed in the UK with websites such as thewhiskyexchange, (I don't know where I'd be without it).

10 years ago 0