Clynelish 1995 19 year old Single Malts of Scotland
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£99.95 from The Whisky Exchange
On first sniff from a fresh pour there is a lot of buttery lemon shortbread with just a touch of bonfire smoke. With a few minutes sat the smoke remains present and extra creamy fudge comes forward, cracked black pepper and some raw ginger. Gentle floral rounds things off. Very nicely sniffable, perfume qualities. It should be a perfume!
A lovely citrus lemon arrival, with a backing of creamy vanilla fudge, after the nip from the high ABV, it changes back to front with the creamy vanilla thickness coming forward, waxy fruit coming midpalate developing into apples and pears with custard, and the citrus fading into the back ground. You can keep this one on the tongue for ages, it develops slowly and changes frequently. Delicious.
Fruit, ginger, waxy lemons stick around for a medium length finish, with creamy fudge coming back towards the end with a touch of drying oakiness. Lip smacking and moreish.
Only a few drops added. The nose has become a lot more fudge centric! Added floral notes are prominent with the spices raking a small back step. The palate, without so much of an alcohol nip has buckets more flavour and continuous form arrival through development, lots of fruit now, more jammy and autumnal. The fudge notes go side by side but slightly less intense. The finish is waxy, fruity, spicy, gently intense, beautiful stuff. A touch of water brings this whisky out of its shell.
This is an absolutely gorgeous Clynelish, has a bit of everything the distillery is famous for, and is thoroughly enjoyable. It has a lovely autumnal feel to it. This is a bottle to grab now while it’s available and save to savour in the autumn months.
Many thanks to Speciality Drinks for the review sample