Clynelish 14yo (46%, Duthies, Sherry Cask, +/-2009) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Clynelish 14yo (46%, Duthies, Sherry Cask, +/-2009)

Robert W. Duthie was the nephew of William Cadenhead and he ran the company after the passing of Mr. Cadenhead in 1904.  Cadenhead’s recently re-established the brand. Bottled at 46% without chill filtration or the addition of colouring.

Deep Demerara sugar on the nose tinged with sherry & lemon, there is also some malt, vanilla and toffee, all in all a very sweet sherried collection of aromas. After some time in the glass some more of the malt emerges from behind the sweetness however it is very much lemon (verging on sourness) malt. After some further time the sweetness comes back. Both are good but the sweetness is better. The taste is warming and leathery tobacco like at first followed by some sweetness and sherry, then some malt. Happily the taste does not descend into sourness. The taste is nice and solid with the malt, leathery tobacco red cedar and sherry all nicely doing their jobs. The finish is malty followed by the lemon once more and backed by the leathery tobacco which gives the whisky a really good back bone. The finish is big, long and is delicious. Lemony too.

This is very good whisky and it’s brilliant to see a sherry cask not polluted by the dreaded sulphur.

C$92

Score 88 Points

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