Insider knowledge: Clynelish 1997 (bottled 2012) Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish - Distillers Edition whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Clynelish 1997 (bottled 2012) Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish - Distillers Edition whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Soft smoke, burnt toast and hints of baked apple. Mixed spices and sea spray.
Palate: Rich, malty core with notes of fruity honey and salted butter. Beeswax develops, with candied peel and smoke.
Finish: Smoky, peppery finish.
I concur on the finish description by the MoM, but on the rest, it opens with a heavily sherry nose but still enough of the oak present to be notable. The palate does have a rich, malty core with fruit, and largely stays there, waiting for the smoke and pepper at the finish. Came highly recommended at Whisky Exchange in London, and I feel like I was guided well. (I'm a Speyside, low-peat fan).
6th October 2014