Age Statement: 19 years old
Extra Info: Bottled by Whisky-Fässle
Here we have another independent Clynelish bottling, this time by Whisky-Fässle. This German bottler has gained quite a reputation over the years, releasing some high quality whiskies, all with that bird-themed labelling. I was curious to try one of their bottlings, so when I was able to do a sample swap with someone who had this, I took my shot (thank you Marcel!). I’ve got another one waiting (Ben Nevis), so I’ll be sure to give that a try soon as well.
Nose: Oh, that’s refreshing. Green apples, apricot, summery fruits. Big wax and vanilla. Other fruit now: very ripe pineapple, papaya, banana, maybe even some melon. Crisp malt. Caster sugar. Dried, sugared fruits now, the kind you find in mixed nuts and cereals. Fruit really is the main theme here, covered by a waxy overcoat.
Taste: So, so waxy. Fruity again. This time more over-ripe, tropical fruit and dried stuff. Not so much the sour, fresh kind. Orange and vanilla, some oak now as well. More wax again, this time almost like candle wax. Another spoonful of caster sugar. Cookie dough. Creamy, almost.
Finish: Lighter fruits and oak, still lots of wax. Some lingering spice, with vanilla sweetness and big malt. All of this lasts a long time, so there’s much to enjoy.
Overall: I can be quite short here (but I probably won’t). This is the best Clynelish I’ve tasted to date. Admittedly, there haven’t been that many. But every next one from now on will be compared to this. The waxiest Clynelish so far as well. That, combined with the sugary, fruity sweetness this makes for a delicious whisky. Excellent job by Whisky-Fässle.
Rating: 4½ stars (91-94 range).