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20 Sep 2012

Clynelish 1989 (The First Editions)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Clynelish

I don’t think I’ve mentioned the Swiss website for The First Editions before. A good place to stay updated. There seems to be a new Glenturret 1977 and Strathmill 1989 among others. Today we’ll have the highly anticipated Clynelish 1989 bottled earlier this year.

 

Clynelish 1989 - The First EditionsClynelish 22yo 1989 (52,5%, The First Editions 2012, refill bourbon hogshead, ref. ES 009/02, 241 btl.)

Nose: fresh, fruity profile. Gooseberries, peach, kumquats. Some floral notes as well, summery grass. Nicely balanced with slightly sharper notes of minerals, ginger and a seaside breeze. Waxy notes. What sets it apart is a clear, sweet butter milk note, interesting. Complex and pleasant. Mouth: punchy, slightly sweet at first (lemon liqueur) but quickly showing its spicy side (pepper, liquorice, ginger). Some garden herbs and again a mineral touch. Hay and a little paraffin. Citrus zest. Finish: long, with some salty, lemony and grassy elements.

Another exemplary Clynelish, with a nice balance of coastal whiffs and sweet, fruity notes. Good selection. Around € 130.

Score: 90/100

Clynelish 1989 (The First Editions) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-20

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