Clynelish distillery is near the town of Brora in the Scottish Highlands. It was built in 1967 to replace the old Clynelish distillery that is now called the Brora distillery. The original distillery was built in 1819 by the 1st Duke of Sutherland. The Duke was the wealthiest man in the United Kingdom at the time and was one of the most controversial people in Scottish history. The new distillery was built just across the road from the old distillery. Being three times lager than before, Clynelish created an exact replica of the stills that were in the old distillery to make sure the spirit was as close as possible to the spirit produced before. Clynelish is currently owned by Diageo. Clynelish has three wash stills and three spirit stills that produce around 4,500,000 litres a year. House Style: Seaweed, spicy. Best with a roast-beef sandwich.
First notes to hit the nose are a beautiful rich creamy toffee or caramel. Buttery, sweet and smooth. Something akin to those little Werther’s candies we all love. I get a bit of a dusty background…similar to a pleasant old wood smell. Something here reminds me a bit of saltines as well (perhaps sea salt?). There is a lovely fruitiness right up front that compliments the toffee notes. A little peat in the background rounds out the sweetness with a hint of smoke.
Absolutely beautiful creamy consistency. It coats the mouth, and just as with the nose, the first things I picked up on were fresh fruit and butter toffee. A touch of sherry…a bit of oak…vanilla…a little spice and a touch of peat somewhere in the back. Fear not peat-ophobes…not enough to drive you away. It has a nicely paced development, slowly revealing its flavors and character, and lingers for quite some time. The finish, all heat and sweet, is exceptional.
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