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Clynelish 20 Year Old 1983 Dun Bheagan

The Better Work

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

25th Feb 2020


Clynelish 20 Year Old 1983 Dun Bheagan
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Dun Bheagan is a label from independent bottler Ian Macleod. Some 15 years ago they launched a 20 Year Old Clynelish that was distilled in 1983. I was thirteen and didn’t even own a moped. When it was bottled, I was father of three. Just trying to give you some context.

Yes… this is another textbook example of a deliciously fruity and waxy Clynelish. Citrus, candy floss, peach, apple and more citrus. Pineapple and quinine. Instant classic on the nose.

Wonderfully creamy and a tad dirty on the palate. Bull’s eye. Nicely piquant on white pepper and liquorice, bitter as a grape pith, lots of quinine and tannins (without becoming oaky), pretty mineral, while sweet barley sugars precede the citrus fruit. The beeswax certainly does not lack and brings a smile to my face.

The finish is pleasantly long, remains bittersweet and peppery and leaves the mouth warm.

The better work, no two ways about it. Unfortunately nowhere to be found nowadays.

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