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06 Feb 2012

Clynelish 1997 (Archives)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Clynelish

By now they’re selling a second batch of Archives releases (Glen Grant 1975 and Dailuaine 1983 among others), but we’re still reviewing one of the Inaugural Releases, a 14 years old Clynelish 1997.

 

Clynelish 1997 ArchivesClynelish 14 yo 1997 (53,9%, Archives 2011, bourbon hogshead #4634, 160 btl.)

Nose: a slightly austere Clynelish which starts on linseed oil, flints and wax, followed by light fruity notes (lemon skin, apple) and some flowery hints. A very mineral profile. Mouth: sharp and pretty mineral again. Apples again and big zesty lemon (homemade limoncello without the sugar). Hints of tonic water. Grows more austere with grassy notes, ginger and salt. A tad too raw for my taste. Finish: medium long, clean, sharp and zesty.

Young Clynelish that’s behaving more like a lemon brandy. Around € 65. Available from the Whiskybase shop.

Score: 85/100

Clynelish 1997 (Archives) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-02-06

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