Clynelish 1996 (SV for TastToe)

Another TastToe exclusive, again sourced from the Signatory Vintage stocks to celebrate the opening of the new store. This time it’s an affordable Clynelish 1996.

Although 47.7% may not seem extremely high, it is bottled at natural strength.



Clynelish 1996 - Signatory for TastToeClynelish 20 yo 1996 (47,7%, Signatory Vintage ‘Un-chillfiltered’ for TastToe 2017, hogshead #11447, 129 btl.)

Nose: classic. Warm fruity notes (peaches, ripe gooseberries, lemon candy) and the expected candle wax / beeswax notes, as well as some marzipan. Subtle hints of chalk and plasticine. Kirsch. Back to paraffin. Subtle hints of marshmallow. A rather rounded version, more waxiness than mineral notes – pretty lovely.

Mouth: very oily, waxy spirit with a fatty texture. Candles, something more towards motor oil now. Still some sweet fruits underneath (tangerines, lemon drops). Quite perfect really. Vanilla custard. A touch of mint.

Finish: medium long, on lemons, honey and wax.

Just great, waxy Clynelish, exactly as it should be. A perfect daily dram too. Available for around € 90 – recommended but I doubt there are many bottles left.

Score: 89/100