Carn Mor Clynelish Tasting Notes

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Clynelish, Scotch Whisky A-G

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Clynelish 1996 (19 year old) 55.4%

Bourbon Hogshead 8801/ Dist: Oct 1996 Btl: Oct 2015/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Lovely fresh and grassy aromas of sweet barley, orange blossom honey and hints of har, brittle barley. Some soft, buttery oak rounds the nose out and hints of perfume peach become apparent. With time some malt and coffee appears and the oak becomes a little dusty.

The palate is as fresh, crisp an grassy as the nose with white fruit and subtle creamy oak. Full and barley’d on the middle with hints of white liquorice and honey. Long and remaining crisp with a wonderfully vibrant and citric finish. The lightly oily vanilla and barley balances well.

Water brings out the juicy citrus on the nose but equally makes it oilier and meatier. On the palate it emphasises the oak a little and gives it a spicier finish. However I refer it neat.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Clynelish 1997 (20 year old) 57%

First Fill Sherry Butt 9441/ Dist: Sept 1997 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Rich, treacle and aromatic dried fruit on the nose with hints of citrus, cardamom, cinnamon and subtle herbal Oloroso notes. Good complexity with a touch of butter, heather and barley.

The palate displays more sherry character and opens with the luscious treacle and dried fruit, along with wonderfully soft, chocolaty tannins, walnut and raisin. Deep and long with a gentle spice and herbal finish. There’s a little bitterness at the end but for a first fill sherry cask it has a lovely balance.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Clynelish 1989 (27 year old) 54.5%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: 1989 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Beautiful aromas of dusty American oak with hints of lime, pear, orange, honey and lightly herbal coffee’d notes. With time some earthy, herbal spice appears. Stunning depth and freshness.

The palate opens with a lovely fleshy barley and honey character with subtle, dusty oak. Hints of citrus, earth, vanilla and coffee follow. Lovely, earthy, spicy and coffee’d finish with lingering herbs, honey, vanilla and late dark chocolate.


Carn Mor Clynelish 2003 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon Hogshead 2223/ Dist: 2003 Btl: 2009/ Tasted: Feb 2012

A biscuity, soapy, cerealy marc-like nose with a touch of spice. Far, far too young although it’s good spirit. There’s absolutely no wood interaction (which is obvious from the colour or the lack of it!). late hint of grass.

The palate is a bit sweet, a bit gristy, a bit grassy and a bit spicy. Intrusively alcoholic, no wood, no real finish, should have been left in the cask for a few more years.


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