Ok I know, this is a bit of a sunny picture for this time of the year. I took this bottle with me for my holidays in August, but I managed to save just enough to make notes of it. 😉 This is a Clynelish 16 year old from the indie bottler The Maltman. The Maltman is part of the Meadowside Blending, a family-owned company from Glasgow. Next to their single malt whiskies they also have blended whiskies. But today I’ll stick to the Clynelish.
Clynelish 16 year old has matured in a first fill bourbon cask and bottled at 46% ABV. Cask no. 6920. It is un-chill filtered and oncoloured.
Clynelish 16 year old – The Maltman tasting notes:
Nose: Hmm, it doesn’t reveal much. There is a typical Clynelish wax, but not extreme. A bit of liquorice and honey. Some oak, but that was about it. With water it gets a bit fresher, more coastal influences.
Taste: Brine and minerals, the liquorice is back again. Orange peels. A pinch of salt and slightly peppery at the end.
Finish: The finish is medium, peppery and minerals.
It’s a pleasant whisky to drink and it does have some Clynelish aspects. But it is certainly not the best Clynelish that is out there.