1997 Clynelish 18 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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We're as obsessed with Clynelish here in the K&L spirits department as we are with Benrinnes, which is why we've locked down yet another cask of the beloved distillery's whisky in this latest shipment. While Clynelish is widely considered a connoisseur's choice for top-notch single malt whisky, its appreciated attributes aren't always apparent to the unseasoned drinker. What makes Clynelish so special (and a favorite among famous blending houses like Johnnie Walker and Compass Box) is the rather diminutive profile of light vanilla, lemon zest, heather, and a bit of bees wax. It's not a powerful or potent combination of flavors, but rather a flutter of brilliant beauty wrapped up in a biscuity core of elegance. At 55.4%, this cask strength 18 year old edition of Clynelish could use a little to help unlock all that complexity, but it's not a necessity. It showcases its quintessential character in fine form straight from the bottle. While Clynelish will never be as popular as the more powerful and showy single malt whiskies, it will always remain the favorite of those who appreciate substance and style.

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2016 | Send Email
I recently was allowed to retaste this whiskey and I am really happy that I did. I remembered liking it a lot on the first taste, however I was able to really spend a little time with it and I realize there is a lot more going on in this bottle than I originally thought. This exclusive whiskey has a beautiful nose of wood, honey and peat and on the palate is so elegantly balanced. Layers of stone fruit, honey and vanilla are surrounded and complimented by subtle smoke. The finish is smooth and lingering with a light heat to it, this is an amazing price for such a good bottle of whiskey.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
Despite our best efforts, Clynelish remains one of Scotland's most under-appreciated distilleries. Reason being, the owners don't bother marketing this special whisky. Truth be told, it's such an important component of their high-end blends that any traction on the single malt side could negatively affect blending stocks. Regardless, we occasionally get access to this special, rare distillate, and each time we find a great cask, I'm reminded of why it's so coveted by connoisseurs in the first place. Vibrant and alive, this mid-aged Clynelish shows incredible richness and depth. It's not sappy or sweet by any means, but textured and mouth-filling nonetheless. When we talk about minerals in a single malt, this should be held up as a prime example. Here, the typical bright pomace fruit of modern Clynelish taking a background to the cracked rock and mineral oil aromas at first. With a touch of water, earthen tones (fresh tobacco, rich beeswax, and hints of smoke) pop open. A little later a blast of citrus, lemon peel, ripe melon, and blistering structure. The distillery really is just a stone’s throw from the sea, and we can feel that here. Altogether a fabulous example of why I absolutely love Clynelish. The complexity is of this whisky cannot be understated.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2016 | Send Email
I never get tired of drinking Clynelish, one of Scotland's most distinct single malt whiskies. That lemony, waxy, creamy profile is probably the only Scotch character I could pick out of a blind tasting 100% of the time. It's the most distinguished and recognizable flavor in the business and we will ALWAYS take advantage of an opportunity to buy the whisky directly.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2016 | Send Email
This offers soft, pretty and subtle spice aromas. There is a wonderful mouthfeel that is nice and creamy. Here again, there are light spice flavors. In short, this Clynelish is subtle, light, seductive and a joy to drink.

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Malt

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Scotland

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Alcohol Content (%): 55.4