[Quick review] Clynelish - 30 years old Halcyon Spirits 42.1%

Distillery: Clynelish

Bottler: Halcyon Spirits

Age: 30 years old

Distilled: 20/10/1993

Bottled: 24/10/2023

Cask: ex-Bourbon ?

Abv: 42.1%

Unchillfiltered: Yes

Natural Colour: Yes

Nb of bottles: 154

Price: £795

Extra: Vatting of cask 11082 and 11104

My tasting notes:

Nose: Fresh & fruity, apples, pears, peaches, quince paste, slight nuttiness, almond, lemon, dried apricots, toffee & vanilla, quite waxy (wood polish/ beeswax), desiccated coconut and some cinnamon. What a start!

Palate: Rich, sweet, fruity, oak spice, waxy, more peach, apricot, apples & pears, honey & hints of aniseed, pepper, definitely some Clyrelish DNA here and it’s delicious!

Finish: Warming with spicy notes from the palate to the finish, more nuttiness (macadamia?) & sweetness. Still some fruit but less present on the finish. Oak.

With water: From yellow fruit, the nose becomes greener & fresher (fresh linen). The palate becomes juicier & even more mouth watering with a mix of fruit & spice & honey. The finish gets a whiff of smoke.

What a dram!!! This is absolutely delicious and all I want is more of it. At nearly £800, it’s unfortunately not really for my budget right now but if yours stretches further than mine, it’s an absolute treat!

Having just read the tasting notes on their website, I must say they are absolutely bang on in my opinion!

Slàinte all!

Thanks again to Halcyon Spirits for this amazing sample!


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