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A surprising non-age-statement expression, released as part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases. This Clynelish single malt is made from five vintages and five types of cask - this includes American first-fill, refill and rejuvenated oak as well as European refill and bodega casks. 2,964 bottles were produced.
Nose: Waxy, Jaffa Cakes, milk choc. It's Clynelish alright, and a good'un. Disco sweets, jazzes too (the white ones), but don't think this is all sugary or sickly because it isn't. A sprinkling of cinnamon, fresh orange and orchard fruit round off a beautiful nose.
Palate: Great mouthfeel, more orange, more sweeties too but again they're kept in check by the balanced citrus and wood spices. Honeysuckle and ginger, complex and delicious.
Finish: Long,warming and spicy with some satisfying grip.
Overall: Hats off Jim.
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Oops - forgot to mention why this dram gets only a single star despite it's delectable smell and taste. It's because no scotch under 40 years of age should charge $500/bottle. The customer has to draw a line somewhere.
22nd September 2016
I sat down at a NY Scottish pub last night when I saw a bottle of Clynelish hiding behind the usual offerings. I sat for a moment in bewilderment when it wasn't the 14 yr expression I was used to seeing. It wasn't the (hard to find) Distiller's Edition either. It was something I was not familiar with called "Select Reserve", a name typically reserved for NAS entry-level pap (I'm looking at you Glenlivet). For $12 for a 2oz pour I had a dram and was surprised at how tasty and complex it was. It wasn't until I saw it again later than night at the famous Brandy Library for $236 a shot(!), that I realized something was off! It seems the pub priced it as if it was the standard C14, not realizing that they were holding a $500 bottle of sought after scotch. My good luck!