Review #11: Clynelish 14 Year
Region: Coastal Highland (Brora)
Color: Color: 1.1 Burnished
Nose (according to the wife): Very floral and fragrant, reminds her of a bouquet of flowers. A bit of sweetness in sherry and honey. Dries out the nose a bit.
Palate: Despite being a little sweet on the nose, this one is a more bitter than anything else. It really feels like drinking a floral tea (I was reminded of rose tea). Like the lightness of the color might suggest, this one has a pretty light body. Surpisingly, the mouthfeel is a bit oily/creamy even though it is pretty light. There is also a pleasant trace of smoke and spice from fresh wood, but only just.
Finish: I found the finish to be, unfortunately, rather short and dry. I wasn’t particularly too impressed by it.
Conclusion: Overall, I thought this was a pretty pleasant whisky. It’s light body makes for easy drinking and the floral fragrance/palate makes it refreshing. I would say that this is far more suited for a hot summer day over ice rather than when it is snowing and ~20°F. Definitely have to try this one again later in the year.
Final Score: 79
Scotch whisky review #11, Highland review #4, Whisky Network Review #12
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection.
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.