Clynelish 1997/2015 casQueteers (C#6942)
Time for part two of the Clynelish-trilogy from the casQueteers. I reviewed cask 6935 earlier this week, and liked it. Let’s see what’s up with this sister cask, which was distilled on the exact same day.
Clynelish 1997/2015 (56,1%, casQueteers, C#6942)
Nose: Sweet arrival with vanilla, marzipan and marshmallows, but it quickly becomes fruitier. Some (sour) apples, lime and grapefruit followed by bitter oranges. Ends on a grassy note, straw.
Taste: Menthol and a pinch of pepper. Then luscious white grapes and candied lemons. Also some fresh tobacco leaves and mocha. Traces of smoke.
Finish: Fruity finish. Melon and pear.
Bit of an atypical Clynelish, both the nose and the palate. But I really like the earthier flavours and the fruity finish. I might prefer the nose of cask 6935, but the taste and finish of cask 6942 I certainly enjoy more.
Now I’ll just have to wait untill sometime in 2016, when the third and final cask of this trilogy will be bottled.
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.