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28 Nov 2013

Clynelish 17 (The Whiskyman)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Clynelish

Age Matters is a new series by The Whiskyman. The labels feature big age statements, moving away from the current trend of hiding the age and claiming age is not very important when it comes to whisky. In fact even the distillery is hard to spot.

This ‘17’ is a 17 years old Clynelish 1996. In the current line-up there’s also a Ledaig 15, Ben Nevis 16, Littlemill 21 and Bruichladdich 22.

 

Clynelish 17 1996 - Whiskyman 'Age Matters'Clynelish 17 yo 1996 (53,3%, The Whiskyman ‘Age Matters’ 2013)

Nose: not the obvious sherry influence. There’s spiced Mexican cocoa and toffee as well as some dried fruits, alongside more classical Clynelish notes like wet limestone and lemon. Wet hay and soft earthy hints. Leather. A bit of a Janus. Mouth: again a slightly strange combination. Lemon, gravel, maybe wet cardboard. The sweeter sides returns, with dark chocolate, but this is no sweet sherry bomb. Some wax. Pepper, ginger and green herbs, as well as a mustardy edge. Rather dry. Finish: quite long, herbal and zesty.

An atypical Clynelish to say the least. It keeps switching between profiles, hesitating between the distillery character and the sherry cask. Neither of them really pushes through. A rather educational release from a bottler that’s known for exemplary Clynelish. Around € 85.

Score: 85/100

Clynelish 17 (The Whiskyman) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-11-28

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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