Scotch Whisky Review #224: WhiskyDoris Art Noveau ‘Secret Highland’ Clynelish 19 Year (2000)
Age: 19 year. Distilled in 2000, Bottled in 2020.
Cask Type: Bourbon Hogshead
Cask Number: #1417
Color: 0.3, Pale Gold.
Nose: (according to the wife) It’s got a quite interesting smell. There’s a funky, slightly fermented note. It’s almost salty and brine-y. There’s a bit of a note of kombucha and some cream as well.
Palate: It’s quite an unexpected flavor. It’s very mineral heavy with a bit of a strange, funky, salty note of marmite. There are some earthy notes as well in the form of wild mushrooms and wild rice. With some water, it becomes every so slightly waxy.
Finish: Short. It’s quite woody and a lot of funk going on.
Conclusion: When you see a Clynelish aged in bourbon, your mind is probably jumping to thinking of a nice and slightly fruity whisky with a lot of waxiness in it. Mine did for sure. This whisky is absolutely not that. It’s quite funky and earthy. The kombucha note in the nose is a bit of a rude awakening. The marmite in the palate is just odd. The wild mushrooms and rice are great and help balance things out, but man this was different. I think some people will enjoy this a lot, but this one is not quite for me.
Final Score: 72.
Scotch Whisky Review #224, Highland Review #45, Whisky Network Review #334
- 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 (if feasible).
- 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.