Clynelish 1989 26 Years Old (Càrn Mòr)
Anyone not yet familiar with Clynelish? I didn’t think so. Otherwise just browse through previous posts on Clynelish for a little more background. Today I’ll be reviewing an old, the Clynelish 1989 26 Years Old from Càrn Mòr.
This Clynelish was released as part of the Celebration of the Cask-range, which is Càrn Mòr’s line of exclusive releases. It matured in a hogshead after which a total of 277 bottles were filled in May 2016.
Clynelish 1989 26 Years Old (54,5%, Càrn Mòr, C#5886)
Nose: A bit shy. We’re starting with pine needles and pine wood, and a slight perfume-y edge. White grapes, soft lemon and buttered toast, as well as a hint of marzipan.
Taste: Now we’re getting somewhere. Lemon zest, ripe apples, plenty of candle wax too. And a pinch of salt with a tiny whiff of tobacco. Pretty classic Clynelish if you ask me.
Finish: Waxy notes accompanied by ginger and apple.
While we got off to a slow(ish) start, it picked up quickly and ended on a high note. Displays some of Clynelish trademark characteristics, which is always a good thing.
Photo: Master of Malt
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.