Yes, time for another Clynelish! And this Clynelish 1997 is bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd, Britains oldest wine and spirit merchant. The company was founded 1698, and their store is still located at the same place where it all started.
I have this bottle for a little while now, and it still needed to be reviewed. So last week I finally took the time to write some tasting notes. Exactly on time, because the bottle is empty now. 🙂
This Clynelish has matured for 13 years and is bottled at 56,8% ABV. Cask no. 4706.
Clynelish 1997 tasting notes:
Nose: Ah yes, starting with that very fine and typical Clynelish smell: Wax! A little bit of citrus here. Oranges/mandarins. A hint of honey. Followed by a nice amount of butterscotch. Lovely! Later some floral notes, and it becomes sweeter; powdered sugar. With water: More of the floral notes, grapefruit and lime.
Taste: Citrus, mandarins and butterscotch, a hint of honey. Followed by a fair amount of spices, cinnamon, A pinch of nutmeg. A bit of wood/oak here as well. With water: lime, sweeter and floral as well. The butterscotch has dissapeared.
Finish: Long and woody. With water: Lime.
The fresh and sweet tones vary well, it’s a beautiful mix of butterscotch, citrus and flowers. Combine that with the wax and you have a beautiful whisky. Very well-balanced and one of which I can enjoy for a long time.