You may have noticed that Diageo brought out some whiskies with mythical, strange creatures on the labels that seem to be something to do with a tv series.
I was not excited for these whiskies. I didn’t really care. I had a funny feeling that the whole thing was a marketing exercise and a way of pushing ‘collectable’ whisky that they had no intention of limiting, therefore making it redundant. I also had a funny feeling that, where they could, Diageo would just use whiskies that they were releasing already and, where they were not, it gives them a handy excuse to get rid of certain stocks they don’t want.
The one whisky that held some semblance of hope was the Clynelish, because its good whisky and it was at a decent strength.
Some history though; the reason that many of us love Clynelish is for its waxy and oily character, that some have said comes from the fact that Daigeo never cleaned out the spirit safe, like since Clynelish 2 started in the late sixties.
Diageo cleaned that spirit safe a few years back. I can’t remember exactly when, but I heard it from a few different sources. And I have another funny feeling that this whisky is the result and, if not, just substandard.
Clynelish Game of Thrones House Tyrell 51.2%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Light, floral, young, malty. Not a lot of complexity
Taste: Soft, floral, spirity and young, some chocolate and orange.
Finish: Short length. More malty and some spice and spirit
Quite a young Clyn with none of the waxy and oiliness I would expect.
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