This Clynelish 22 year old cask sample is one of the Manager’s Cask Samples, a relatively new thing from Cadenhead. And this particular cask sample was only available in the Edinburgh shop. They are selected by Mark Watt, but much more information is not known about it. It could be casks that have yet to be released, but that is not something I am certain of.
But I happen to like Clynelish a lot, so when I had to chance to purchase such a sample I could not resist… 🙂
This Clynelish has matured in barrel (that’s all that is known) and is bottled at 50,6% ABV.
Clynelish 22 year old tasting notes
Nose: Sand, beach, and a bit mineral. There is a faint hint of honey and vanilla, but less then I expected at first. Some lemon zest and orange peel. A little bit of pears on the nose which is something I don’t find that often in Clynelish.
Taste: Sweet lemons, or limoncello if you like. Minerals and a bit of brine. Pretty clear and seems like a minimal cask influence here. Getting some white pepper and just the abundance of very sweet lemons.
Finish: The finish is mid-long, all on the sweeter notes which I think are from the cask influence. Nothing of the lemons, minerals or beach aspects can be found here.
The colour is very light with a bit of a golden haze. All the flavours on the nose and palate is well defined, but fit feels a bit restrained. In my opinion, it could use some more time in the cask. But it’s nice, although not very complex.