Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 58.5%
A cask strength 12-year-old Clynelish bottled for Diageo's Special Releases 2022, this Clynelish is subtitled The Wildcat's Golden Gaze, presumably referring to its rich gold colour and perhaps also to the fact that it's clearly one of the picks of the 2022 litter.
This Clynelish 12-year-old started life in refill American oak before being transferred for finishing into casks seasoned with Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry, giving it extra layers of sweet fruit on the palate. Bottled at a sturdy 58.5%, this Special Releases Clynelish 12-year-old will be bursting with flavour.
Special Releases 2022
|Cask Type||Refill American Oak, then in PX/Oloroso seasoned casks|
Official Tasting Notes
Appearance: Liquid sunlight. Bright gold.
Nose: Creamy top notes soon give way to light yet complex fruity and herbal aromas; subtle, understated suggestions of fruity mincemeat, tinned pears, even heather honey. Deeper still, spicy scents of oak preview a soaring intensity on the palate. A drop of water increases the herbal note, while also introducing a familiar waxy hint.
Palate: A very smooth, mouth-filling texture introduces a lively taste that is rich and wine-sweet overall, the palate well-balanced by snarling peppery, oaky spice. A little water enhances the sweetness, steers the smoothness of the texture towards waxiness and rounds the flavours, which soon give way again to spicy heat.
Finish: Quite long, chili-spiced, and appetisingly drying, with lingering pepper. A little water enhances the creamy- smooth texture and adds a little more spice.