ABV: 51,2 %
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is sweet and juicy. At first there’s a thick vanilla, honey and butterscotch layer sitting on top of a basket of fresh fruits. It’s mainly oranges, but with a sour lemon in the background. It’s very mild to the nose and there’s no sharp edges anywhere. It’s very concentrated to the center part and lacks some depth. This is a mild, lovely nose without much complexity.
Mouth: It starts out very mild and all the flavours are showing up in the front. It’s sweet and malty and it’s very juicy. It mimics the nose very well with oranges, honey and vanilla. After a few second it starts to spread out over the palate and a zesty bitterness is added to the fruitiness. It feels rich and textured. There’s grapefruit as well. It still has a fairly straight forward and uncomplicated profile.
Finish: The high ABV finally reveals itself and gives it a nice little kick. When it settles, it’s leaning more towards the bitter zesty notes and the sweetness has somewhat subsided. There’s still some orange juice left in the back and when the oak comes through it sort of emerge from the zest. It’s a nice and easy to approach oakiness with a hint of hazelnuts, but mainly just produces a middle of the road oak flavour. This is a very approachable whisky with a great texture to it. It’s a high ABV easy sipper.
The Game of Thrones series was released by Diageo in 2018. This Clynelish is a NAS whisky aged in ex-bourbon barrels.