Nose: Grassy, mineral and austere at full strength, at least at first sniffs. Wet rocks, tree bark, orange peel, pepper, graphite oil, cut grass and thyme.
Palate: Smashing freshness despite a huge body, with bags of wax, bitter oranges, pepper, mustard, roots, lemongrass and liquorice wood.
Finish: A long finish, with more brine, lemon and, well, Riesling.
Overall: A splendid Clynelish that both typifies and exceeds what we have come to expect from this distillery.