Whisky-Fässle “Highland Region” (Clynelish) 12 Year (2007)

Scotch Whisky Review #431: Whisky-Fässle “Highland Region” (Clynelish) 12 Year (2007)

Distillery: Clynelish.

Region: Highland.

Age: 12 Year. Distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2020.

ABV: 51.9%.

Price: Day 3 of Advent Calendar (see below).

Color: 0.1, White Wine. Natural Color and Non Chill Filtered.

This dram is the fourth of 2022’s Christmas Countdown! Whiskies from previous years can be found here.

Every year, I look at the advent calendar offerings that pop up across the pond and think that it would be super cool to do something like that (it is actually the inspiration for my review spree in December). Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to do one so between /u/federalagents, /u/DangerousDoorknob, and I we put our own together! This is the third dram of the calendar. It was reviewed partially blind as in I know the whiskies in the calendar but not the order.

Nose: The overpowering note here is of acetone. There’s a really strange funk going on, it’s quite mushroom-y and yeast-y. There’s a slight tinge of lemon but it hardly gets a look in with the harsher notes going on.

Palate: Much more pleasant than the nose, thankfully. There’s notes of lemon and limeade. It is quite tart but in a refreshing kind of way. It does need some water but adding some doesn’t do much to the flavor beyond taking off some of the heat.

Finish: Medium in length. Sour lemon candy is the larger note. There is a bit of the unpleasant mushroom and yeast funk again as well.

Guess: Scotland, Malt Whisky, Highland, Unpeated, 10-14 years of age, Ex-Bourbon Cask 50-55% ABV, Clynelish.

Reveal: Whisky-Fässle “Highland Region” (Clynelish) 12 Year (2007).

Conclusion: If I wasn’t so convinced that this was a younger whisky in ex-bourbon casks and known the list of possibilities, I would have never have guessed Clyenlish in a lifetime. For me, very little of Clynelish’s excellent distillate stands up here. The lemon and limeade notes are about it, unfortunately. Thankfully, it drinks a lot nicer than it smells as the acetone plus funk notes just didn’t do it for me. Solid enough but definitely not what I’m going to go looking for when I want a Clynelish.

Final Score: 72.

Scotch Whisky Review #431, Highland Review #84, Whisky Network Review #585

Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky and I will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection if feasible.
  • 85-89: Very good to amazing, almost the complete product and I’m likely wanting a bottle or two.
  • 80-84: Quite good, pleasant overall though there is usually a few things that could be improved still.
  • 75-79: Good, enjoyable to drink but ultimately flawed.
  • 70-74: Alright, solid and 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.

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