Single malt whisky - tasting notes

09 Oct 2009

Synch Elli (Daily Dram)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Clynelish

Sharing casks is a common practice these days. Lots of independent bottlers know each other and bottle the same cask for different markets.

This 27 years old Clynelish is bottled by Daily Dram at 46% but also by The Whisky Agency at cask strength (53,9%). Let’s find out if it makes a difference.


Daily Dram Synch Elli Clynelish ‘Synch Elli’ 27yo 1982 
(46%, Daily Dram 2009)

Nose: big hints of wet limestones and wax. Wet newspaper. Fresh leather. Slightly tart apples and limes. Razor clams. A wonderful profile that’s very typical of Clynelish but that may seem strange if you’re not used to it. In fact, there are few immediately attractive aromas but it’s very unique and quite excellent. Mouth: lemon / lime again with slightly more candied notes. Wax again (I’ve never tasted a lemon candle but this may be close enough). Very mineral. Hints of aspirin. Quite some oak in the aftertaste. Finish: long, zesty, dry and a tad bitter.

This Clynelish is a very tight and uncompromising dram. You’ll love it or hate it. Around € 100 – excellent value for money.

Score: 89/100

Synch Elli (Daily Dram) 4 Ruben Luyten 2009-10-09



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