This is personal of course, but I find you can almost never go wrong with a Clynelish. At the very less you’ll have a good whisky. But a Clynelish can reach great heights, so if you’re lucky you might even find a superb whisky. Todays Clynelish is from Douglas Laing’s Old Particular series and has matured in a refill sherry butt. Most indie bottlings from Clynelish are from ex-bourbon casks, so it will be interesting to see how the sherry influences the spirit.
Clynelish 1996/2013 (48,4%, Douglas Laing, C#DL10033)
Nose: Apple juice and lemon with some sweet and sugary cupcake. Also some light caramel, bee’s wax and honey. Some farminess (straw), but not a lot. Taste: Fruity with red apples and apricots. Also more honey with added custard and vanilla. Some with chocolate and the tiniest bit of mint. Finish: Medium in length. Sweet and fruity.
Not exactly your typical Clynelish, a lot sweeter. Nonetheless a nice drinker which is still widely available.