Nose is light oak, subtle, with a delicious crisp oaky taste with some fruit on the edges, sugar and smoke in the finish. Despite the subtly in flavor, I really enjoyed this and want a bottle of my own.
(May 2012) Clynelish 14 has always been a go-to for me and I like it a lot. As I was tasting through some Clynelishes tonight, I came across my A- rating (likely bottled 2006). It's funny because I've always championed this whisky, but I didn't realize I was "officially" A- on it... seems kinda high. Although, I was less experienced at the time, and this probably did strike me as A- then... it just goes to show how palates and/or bottlings change.
I'm B+ on it now, which isn't much lower. Seems to always provide the perfect sweetness level. (2009 - L9223)
Previous notes: Nose is odd with floral/fruit/sweet and makes me worried... then it hits the mouth and it's so NOT the nose, a surprising contrast of delicious sweet peat with fruit notes. Fantastic and makes me wonder where the nose comes from. Finishes pleasantly with lingering smoke
An old favorite I have not had in a while. Nose is like a still room, a little raw. Fresh sea air. Palate is smoother than the nose. Sweet lemon, pepper. Salt. Yummy. Makes me want some fish and chips.