Posts Tagged “Clynelish”

Clynelish 17 Year Old – Whiskybroker 1997 (54.5%)

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Clynelish 17 Year Old – Whiskybroker 1997 (54.5%)

Another quick tasting note, of a whisky I rather enjoyed tasting. I’ve written about the Whisky Broker in the past (see here), and am always happy to taste their expressions.   Clynelish 17 Year Old – Whiskybroker, Refill Hogshead 12380, Distilled 29.10.1997, Bottled 11.03.2015, 302 Bottles (54.5% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Straw, very thin legs dripping off a…

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Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Edition – Compass Box’s Newest Malt Blend

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Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Edition – Compass Box’s Newest Malt Blend

Compass Box’s fifth incarnation of the Flaming Heart is out, in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the company. One of the really nice things about Compass Box is that quality is king. Expressions will be discontinued if the right whisky can’t be sourced, as is clearly evidenced by the company’s list of limited releases…

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Clynelish 14 Review – Bridging Two Blog Series

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Clynelish 14 Review – Bridging Two Blog Series

I’m long overdue on this next series, looking at some of the basic expressions out there on the market. Coming off a series of independent Clynelish bottlings, it’s fitting to start the ‘back to basics’ series with the Clynelish official bottling. In 1991, United Distillers (later the heart of Diageo) released a series of entry level…

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A Curious Clynelish – to end this Indie Run of Clynelish

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A Curious Clynelish – to end this Indie Run of Clynelish

One of the really fun things about regularly exchanging whisky samples with friends, is the ability to get to some bottlings deep in their collections, those that are no longer available on the market, one-off single casks. In case you snoozed while that very limited supply was sold, it’s gone. A curious Clynelish bottled in…

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

Today’s offering is a 29 year old Clynelish that was distilled in the year following Brora’s closing, and shares many of the Brora characteristics. Being a SMWS single cask, don’t get your hopes up for this to be a regularity, but this cask is very special in that way. It’s a refill ex sherry butt,…

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Another Wemyss 1997 Clynelish – Vanilla Summer

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Another Wemyss 1997 Clynelish – Vanilla Summer

This is going to be just a quick tasting note on another independent Clynelish, the Wemyss Vanilla Summer, a 14 year old. This is an enjoyable experssion, though not the most complex. Wemyss Malts Clynelish 1997 ‘Vanilla Summer’, 14 Year Old single cask, Yield of 363 Bottles (46% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Gold with slow legs. Nose: Fresh…

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Yet another 17 Year Old Clynelish – or is it an Old Pulteney???

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Yet another 17 Year Old Clynelish –  or is it an Old Pulteney???

This Clynelish is fully of the sea. Wemyss names their single cask expressions with SMWS style descriptive names, and this Clynelish is aptly called “Bench with a Sea View”. This, of course, isn’t all that surprising, given just how close it actually is to the sea, as you can tell in this picture: In truth,…

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A Sherry Matured Clynelish With A Lot of Depth

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A Sherry Matured Clynelish With A Lot of Depth

I like heavier, full bodied whisky, and Clynelish (especially if not chill filtered) is right out there in front of the pack, known for its waxiness and heft. The modern day Clynelish distillery was built in 1968, with stills that are the exact replicas of the old Clynelish distillery which was built in 1819 (later…

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Clynelish at its Full Glory – Who Let The Candle Maker Out? Who? Who? Who?

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Clynelish at its Full Glory – Who Let The Candle Maker Out? Who? Who? Who?

Clynelish has one of the saddest human tragedy whisky stories associated with its founding and its founder, the 2nd Marquess of Strafford (later to be created the 1st Duke of Sutherland). During the early 19th century, the Highlands were essentially forced the eviction of all the farmers and crofters traditionally working the land to allow…

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One Quick Dram: Spice Tree by Compass Box

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One Quick Dram: Spice Tree by Compass Box

While reviewing the Oak Cross vatted malt expression by Compass Box, I talked about the toasted cask ends from Sessile Oak used by the Compass Box. Originally, John Glaser used internal staves to line the inner surface of the barrels. The SWA declared this technique to be illegal, and Spice Tree was pulled from the…

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