The new make spirit was put into a refill sherry Hogshead and left to age for 11 years. The nose of this whisky shows its sherry influence with aromas of nougat, cigar box, fresh earth, heather, beeswax, and toasted malt. The palate has that rounded Clynelish mouthfeel with flavors of banana, citrus, sea salt, and chocolate. D&M Tasting Notes
The distilling process at Clynelish is different from most other modern distilleries as they allow the natural precipitation of oils from the distilling process to build up in the feints receiver. This ‘gunk’ changes the spirit from what would be quite light and fruity like a Glen Grant into something with a sense of texture to it; to borrow a wine term, a waxy mouthfeel. This buildup was the norm in whiskies produced in the 1950s and 1960s, but our current cleaner is better regime in distillery maintenance has made this texture a rarity.
When the distillery is cleaned these days, the oil buildup is removed, the feints receiver is cleaned, and the gunk goes back in. In talking recently with the head of education for Diageo, he stated that Northern California takes the lion’s share of Clynelish that comes into the US. There must be something about this waxy spirit that appeals to us here in San Francisco with our sophisticated ways.
Clynelish 11 YR Gordon & MacPhail Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Brand: Clynelish Distillery
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 4
- SKU #: 4961