Very busy days with many tasting events before summer strikes (sorry for not posting more), so here comes just a short comparison of two recent Clynelish releases because many people were asking for more of these ‚bang-for-your-buck‘ drams (like the one I just rated 91 by the Single Cask Collection). Fourteen years seemed to be a good age for Clynelish in the past, many releases were around this puberty age in the past.
Clynelish 14 y.o. The First Editions 1997, 56,3%
Comment: This one is peppery and has quite some cask influence (more than the Archives version). Leather, apple and pear, green grapes and raisins are wrapped in a vanilla-malt quilt. And of course, the typical Clynelish features (visit link above). It has a creamy texture and can be drunk with or without water. A good dram.
Clynelish 14 y.o. Archives 1997, Bourbon Hogshead 4634, 160 btl., 53,9%
Comment: An amazingly fresh and coastal nose, mostly on apples, pears, lemon zest, wax, soft peat and moss. In the mouth it posesses a great balance: everything is there in good delineation, only the pears stand out. This one has some nice acidity to it as well and finishes just as good as it tastes. Recommendation!