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12 Feb 2014

Clynelish 1997 (Liquid Library)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Clynelish

Another one of these redesigned Liquid Library releases. Something that has become a ‘must-have’ or even a semi-permanent offering for most independent bottlers: Clynelish 1997.

 

 

Clynelish 1997 / 2013 (Liquid Library)Clynelish 16 yo 1997 (52,6%, Liquid Library 2013, refill hogshead, 129 btl.)

Nose: quite a round Clynelish, with some lemonade touches and lime juice. Buttercups and other flowers. Green banana. Less waxy and mineral than comparable Clynelish, although there’s surely some brine and waxy notes in the background. Soft peppery hints too. Mouth: again a clear fruity side (oranges, crystallized grapefruit, lemon) with a sweetish vanilla coating. Then it grows oilier and waxier, with louder zesty notes. Increasing sharpness. Ginger, a little juniper and nutmeg. Fades on grassy notes. Finish: long, waxy, lightly salty and peppery. Still showing some fruity elements.

Very good Clynelish, like the vast majority of the 1997’s, right? Clean Highlands whisky, this time with an attractive roundness. Around € 90.

Score: 88/100

Clynelish 1997 (Liquid Library) 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-02-12

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