Hunter Laing Clynelish Tasting Notes

Posted: August 23, 2014 in Clynelish, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Clynelish 1997 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2351/ Dist: May 1997 Btl: Jan 2014/ Tasted: Feb 2014

Now that’s an oaky nose. Buttery and toasty with some fragrant barley, dense apricot and honey. A touch of citrus and mineral attempts to balance but we are still firmly in oaksville! With time the oak becomes rather chocolaty in character – white chocolate.

The palate displays a little less oak, which allows the crunchy/brittle honey to show, but the oak duly arrives and builds coating the mouth in a creamy/ toffee’d/ toasty veneer . The mineral and citrus comes back on the finish to clean and leaves a lovely soft honey and spice after-taste.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Clynelish 1997 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2355/ Dist: May 1997 Btl: May 2014/ Tasted: June 2014

A dense and dusty nose with a big fragrant barley hit. The oak has a lovely slightly sawdusty edge which gives the aromas a greater aged feeling. Quite fleshy with hints of apricot, white fruit, grass, honeycomb and smoke.

A soft, barley led palate with plenty of sawdusty oak. Again it feels older than 16 with toffee coated apricot and hints of white fruit along with a vibrant, stony demeanour. Lovely honeyed middle and a long, dusty oak finish with a touch of sweet spice. Very pleasant.

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