Clynelish

Clynelish 20 Years Old 1995 Cask 8636 Cask Strength ~ 53.2% (Signatory)

Whisky Review: Clynelish 20 Years Old 1995 Cask 8636 Cask Strength

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Clynelish Distillery

Bottling: Signatory, Cask 8636

ABV: 53.2%

Cost: £77.49

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What they say:

Distilled 26/09/1995 at Clynelish distillery and matured for over 20 years in refill sherry butt #8636 before bottling 16/03/2016, producing 626 bottles at cask strength of 53.2% ABV.

What I say:

Every now and again I come across a whisky that POW! just hits you and leave you a little stunned and speechless about just how bloody good it is. To be fair I should have been very well prepared for this one; according to the details this is a 20 year old Clynelish matured in a single refill sherry butt and bottled as part of Signatory’s Cask Strength collection. I think most who know their whisky will already have an inkling that this has the potential to be a decent dram. So here is how this one swept me off my feet…

Colour:

Light blood red (11/20), fine tears leave medium-fine legs

Nose:

Rich and fruity, fruitcake, waxy, beeswax candles, spiced raisins, ginger, leather couches, waxed fruit, dusty, polished wood, orange zest , a little like a Cosmopolitan cocktail, heady mulled orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, musty dunnage warehouses, milled barley flour, smoked/musty gingerbread and vanilla essence, a wisp of smoke

Taste:

Waxy, full-bodied and tannic, zesty orange icing on gingerbread, meaty and malty, fruity, berries, melon mixture, rounded, sherry, waxy (again!), vanilla, sherry/leather, fruit cake, plum sauce & hoisin, gently spiced, star anise, cinnamon & nutmeg

Finish:

Medium-long, waxed, mouth-coating, red fruits, vanilla and plenty of tannins but too waxy to become drying.

Overall:

Wonderful, this is impressive from the outset with a huge amount of well-developed and integrated flavours that roll around the palate revealing new facets continuously. Full of that fat waxiness Clynelish is revered for and beautifully matured in this refill sherry cask with a delicious sprinkling of complimentary spices to bring out the orange zest and plum fruits.

Score: 92/100

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