A positively ancient refill hogshead Clynelish 1971 bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range.
Colour: gold. Nose: we’re well in the same category but with more vanilla, fudge and hints of butterscotch, maybe from the extra-two years (probably not, in fact). A marginally more rounded version, but still a tireless big fruity old malt. Hints of sandalwood and rosehip tea and finally big notes of freshly squeezed oranges. Delicate oakiness in the background (new cupboard). Hard to say which I my favourite, it’s probably on the palate that it’ll all happen. Mouth: mucho bigger than the 36yo, many times richer and certainly of a higher quality in my opinion. Just imagine a blend of many jams and spices plus a little honey and herbs… The oak is perfect. Pink grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, beeswax, soft ginger, Szechuan pepper… State of the art old new Clynelish. Finish: extremely long, extremely clean and extremely well balanced. A little more peat than in the 36yo. Comments: superlative, congrats to Douglas Laing. SGP:662 - 93 points. (with many thanks to Angus du Rangen de Thann)
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Bottling Date||Mar 2009|
|ABV/ Volume||47.9%/ 70cl|