Single Malt Aficionados Club


Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The Single Malt Aficionados' Club is dedicated to seeking out and enjoying the rarest and most classic of truly aged malts, has a limit of $119.99, per shipment on the cost for the bottle itself.(Does not include tax and or shipping) That's it. No strings just pure enjoyment.

In February 2015 our members received: 

Clynelish Duncan Taylor 1995 18 year Cask Strength

For the false start history of this month’s bottling we start with the complicated peerage system of Great Britain. The Marquess of Stafford was an ambitious social climber looking to turn his ample land holdings intosomething a bit more “value added” for the marketplace. In 1819 he opened a distillery called Clynelish at the tail end of the Highland Clearances to provide a industry for the grain produced by his remaining tenant farmers. For his efforts and a strategic marriage, the Marquess was made the Duke of Sutherland and died quite possibly the richest man ofthe nineteenth century, said to be richer than Nathan Rothschild.

The reason for the opening line of a ‘false start history’ is the distillery of a singlel one still founded by His Grace is not the same Clynelish that stands today. The current corporate owners of Clynelish, the beverage behemoth Diageo, spend most of their advertising copy talking about the original defunct distillery as opposed to the new sister distillery with the same name. The distillery that was founded in 1819 by the future Duke was renamed after the town of Brora around the time the modern day Clynelish opened in 1968. We say around the time as for the first year or so they used an Clynelish A and Clynelish B naming system that did not please either the tax man nor the Scotch Whisky Association.

The modern Clynelish distillery was opened in 1968 to produce single malt for that age’s need for interesting single malt to make branded whisky blends palatable. The three stills at the time of the modern Clynelish’s founding were made to be as close as possible exact replicas of the original Brora still that had performed so admirably for the preceding century. The distillery design is an exact replica of Caol Ila on Islay, and both distilleries are owned by Diageo. The most well known brand that Diageo produces is Johnnie Walker, and Clynelish was the backbone for the much loved Johnnie Walker Gold 18 year, now discontinued.Things are looking up however, for lovers of the spirit produced at Clynelish as a year ago they announced a doubling of capacity with six new copper stills being added, which we can only hope are replicas of that long ago original.

The color of this 18 year old Clynelish is a pale straw aromas of nutmeg, praline,vanilla, orange sherbet and cereal grains. The palate is light and lively with rich flavors of tropical fruits, cornflakes and the lightest touch of peat. The finish integrates the sweet fruit notes with the spice notes mentioned in the nose with a touch of brine.