Up for review is the Clynelish 14yr single malt. Had been on my list of whiskies to review for a while, but given how much of a sucker I am for an Islay malt it just hadn’t happened. After trying the Brora 2009 I was quite interested to see the difference between the two distilleries. For those unaware Clynelish is across the road from the old Brora distillery. More information is available for those who are interested at Malt Madness.
Nose: Amazingly fruity and mineral, vanilla bean cream melds with wax. Slight peat. The fruit is a mix of apple, white peach and passionfruit. Very similar to the now lost Brora distillery, minus the heavy peating.
Palate: Gorgeous mineral fruit sweetness that rolls around the mouth. Vanilla and caramelised sugar.
Finish: Spice kicks in on the outset. Quite a nice oak hit to it. The malt is fresh but well rounded. Light oils. Not the longest finish but by no means is it short.
Age: 14yr’s Old
I received this as a present for my 30th birthday from my good friends Peter and Jess (thanks!). It’s a fantastic dram that is in my rotation frequently.
Now for the music. I’ve been listening to a bit more punk of late, so here is some NOFX for you. One 18 minute track called ‘The Decline' that was released as an EP in late 1999. Enjoy.