It may be known that I am a big fan of Clynelish in general. The 1997 vintages of this distillery seems to be having a special place for me, as it the distillery have been doing things differently in that year, used different barley varieties or maybe experimented with yeast… We probably will never know, but one thing I am sure about; I like it.
46% abv, €85
single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour
fresh, fruity, apples, sweet, honey, floral honeysuckle, a breeze of the sea, spicy, a hint of cinnamon, allspice
Palate: sweet, fruity, apples, warm apple sauce, creamy honey, floral, honeysuckle, spicy, white pepper, a hint of cinnamon
Finish: medium long, sweet, treacle, honeycomb
Conclusion: I should have brought a bottle when we were at the Kingsbarns distillery. This release has been bottled for the opening of the distillery in 2014, and only a handful of bottles are left.
More info: Distilled in 1997, matured in a hogshead and filled into 251 bottles in 2014, to commemorate the opening of the Kingsbarns distillery in Fife.