Product reviews for Clynelish 13yo 1998 Alchemist

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Dim's Drams, Malt Whisky Corner and The Bonding Dram bought this cask together from Signatory from their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, meaning it is bottled at 46%. What is interesting, of course, is that this is a Clynelish from 1997, a vintage known for being good to excellent. Something to look forward to.

The nose is surprisingly soft on grapefruit, a tiny bit of sugar candy and some apples. Not as waxy as previous 1997 bottlings. Some wet grass and lime kick in. With some good will, even a slice of juicy pineapple. Slowly but surely it does become a bit waxy. Good news.

On the palate, it is a lot more waxy, which I find a plus. The sugar candy has to bow to a slightly bitter pith of grape, pink grapefruit and flints, though. Ginger and pepper, but also some quinine, are the spices on duty. Hint of something salty, but all the way in the background.

The finish cannot really be called long but is nice on spices, grapefruit and apples. The salty edge shines through now.

A spring whisky that is very quaffable. You can get a bottle at The Bonding Dram for 49 EUR. Father’s Day gift, anyone?
From: Guest | Date: 6/3/2014 7:55 AM
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1997 seems to be THE year for Clynelish and this one proves that al over again. And  Signatory Vintage seems to be putting out nothing but good whisky lately.

Nose: very clean with a lot of citrus zeste and slightly vegetal. I like to call this a very "green" whisky. Opens up nicely after a few minutes too.

Mouth: a lot thicker than the nose even a little sweeter than expected, but still that zesty character remains. Some spices as well. A coastal note? Strange but a good kind of strange.

Finish: Medium-long. Again that coastal note but very fresh and clean.

Love it!
From: Guest | Date: 7/18/2014 2:43 PM
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