This was a bottling I’ve wanted to try for a while. Big strength, Sherry cask, 1997 Clynelish. What’s not to like?
Luckily for me I’ve been at the whisky festival Noord Nederland in Groningen, which felt more like a crazy party weekend than work. Great, great festival though with a great bunch of awesome people. Not often I give an 89, 92 and 94 within 2 days either!
Clynelish 1997 Carn Mor 57%
Nose: Not what I expected at all! Meaty yet light and floral, pomegranate, sour green apple, freshly washed linen, raspberry and black pepper. Fragrant.
Water: Much better, classy oak, some wax now, lovely red apple.
Taste: Soft, sweet and building meaty Sherry, fruit and spice. Floral but quite light. Lots of oak into the finish.
Water: Better integrated.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Lovely, by far the best part of this dram, classy oily oak, dunnage.
Thought this would be a big sweet Sherry cask, waxy Clynelish. Nope. None of that here. Instead its light and floral, almost Lowland like in its style.
Average Score: 79.7
Distillery Ranking: 10th/64 places
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Worst Score: 12
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