Review: Clynelish 21 Years Old 1992 Cadenhead’s Small Batch

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Clynelish Distillery

Bottling: Wm Cadenhead

ABV: 51.6%

Cost: £79.57 from Wm Cadenheads

Score: 89/100

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What they say:

Distilled in 1992 at Clynelish distillery, this small batch expression has matured for a full 21 years in ex-bourbon hogsheads before producing 792 bottles at outturn of 51.6% ABV marriage (combined cask) strength.

Color : Old gold.

Nose: aromas of white chocolate, salted butter and honeycomb, with accents of warm brown bread and candied orange peel. The whole is rather oily.

Taste: in the beginning citrus fruit lemon and lime, followed by notes of lemongrass and fresh basil and a delicate earthiness . In the aftertaste first light-drying taste, after which it becomes more creamy with a hint of citrus fruit.

What I say:

Another Clynelish and another marriage of casks – this time from spirit distilled in 1992 and allowed to mature for 21 years. Another great example of well-aged yet affordable whisky that Wm Cadenheads Small Batch range represents so well.

Colour:

Refractive Sauternes gold (6/20)

Nose:

Citric lemon and orange, orange essence and peel, apples, sweet honey, vanilla cream, almond oil, beeswax candles, waxy and chalky paint, a little spirit and touches of tannic suede leather and tannic oaky wood

Taste:

Rich, oily and waxy, plenty of zesty lemon and lime, lemon pledge, more fruits come through with time, orange, pear and apple, vanilla essence and vanilla cream icing, madeira sponge cake, caramel and toffee oak wood and a little herbal fennel complete this expression

Finish:

This is long with sweet herbal fruit then becomes bitter and peppery with touches of citrus lemon, grapefruit and liquorice

Overall:

Another nice example of Clynelish’s oily and waxy nature, this one becomes a little citrusy and bitter in the finish which rather overpower the drying nature. However the whole was hugely enjoyable, I could drink a lot more like this.