Clynelish 14 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
*Best Buy* The initial aroma is large, biscuity and grainy sweet; the aroma then becomes more sugar biscuit-like and a touch salty. Palate entry finds generous and malty-sweet flavors; by midpalate distinctive notes of black pepper, seaweed, oaky vanilla, honey and dark caramel are added. Finishes elegantly, sweetly and malty, with just a barely discernible influence of the sea.
Ahh, Clynelish. The enigma of the northeast coast. A single malt whose waxy character — and it does smell of snuffed candles — is highly prized by blenders. This is a palate whisky, the nose almost shy and muted: glints of citrus and jellied fruits, notes of ozone/spiciness and stem ginger. It’s on the tongue that it comes into its own: clinging, strangely savory, lightly sweet, juicily fruity. Enigmatic indeed. (Vol. 21, #2)
Fruity. Like a short walk around some impressive scenery, this starts with a whiff of peat that's joined by heather, honey, peach and pear on the nose. In the mouth the rich fruit and honey turns to a nutty character that extends onto the medium finish, ending with a snap of peat.
The original Clynelish distillery was built on the storm coast of Sutherland in 1819, and its whiskies have long been praised for their combination of North Highland and maritime qualities. The 14-year is sweetly floral, with beeswax, smoke, and sea air aromatics. In the mouth it's creamy and delicious, with umami-salty characteristics, peat, and a dry, peppercress finish.