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This Clynelish can only be obtained in the shop of the distillery. It’s a cask strength with the color of white wine. It was bottled in 2008.
The nose differs quite a bit from the standard 14 Year Old, but this one is very complex as well. While peat and smoke are barely discernable, it’s very sweet with mostly lime and a touch of pineapple. It has something waxy and mineral. Adding water – which certainly is warranted at this strength – give you a whole new picture. I get more spices, smoke and candle wax or furniture polish. Darn, what a waxy notes indeed. I could polish my desk with this! Wow!
The high ABV also makes this one very peppery on the palate. Again I get lime and sea salt. But also shoe polish. Pineapple is present in full force. Quite a bit of vanilla and coconut. Yummie! Adding water makes it saltier. My first thought was the juice of oysters… what can I say?
The finish, even with water, is long and salty.
This distillery only is not really for the regular tourist, in my opinion. While this is the targeted audience, no? Dit is not your everyday malt, but a very complex Clynelish. A true ‘wow’-Clynelish.