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.
n: "still young" nose of wet green grass. Bourbon cask influence is main nose. Floral/heather and waxy. Butterscotch malt, honeycomb, peach. Fresh cardboard pulp.
t: wet green grass and light citrus. Still "new makey" (using too many tired American oak casks?) Soft apricot and custard in middle. Some orange citrus wax and more green grass notes. Finish is short; dry wood dust and light caramel. It's a decent malt, but not very interesting to me; too "middle of the road" and young tasting. Starts well, but finish is disappointing. [C+/B-]