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Clynelish 1995 (2018, Wemyss, 46%)

Some time ago we tasted an excellent 1995 Clynelish bottled by Wemyss: since we liked it very much (thanks, Francesco!), we went in search of other malts with the same pedigree, and thanks to our friend Davide Ansalone we got our hands on a sample of “Pork & Plum Terrine”, a Clynelish aged in an ex-Bourbon barrel for 23 years, bottled by Wemyss. Let’s see if we can actually find a pork and plum terrine…

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N: you put your nose closer and you feel at home. The wax layer that surrounds everything is simply delicious, with hints of paraffin, candle wax. And notes of hay, too. Underneath, there’s a stream of citrus, which could be bergamot, with its floral nuances. It’s sharp and very warm at the same time: please, enjoy its sugary and fruity component when it explodes… Delicious yellow plums.

P: very, very good. There is still a citrusy, evolved, magnificent soul: there is still a floral bergamot, with hints of sugary lemon. Then wax, paraffin, a bit of sweet cereal. The minerality persists strong, and then is followed by oily nuts, almonds above all, and a hint of fresh butter. Yellow apple.

F: as above: sharp and silky at the same time. Wax and bergamot and flowers. Delicious.

Very balanced, very Clynelish: a unique profile, definitely complex, manages to be both sharp and enjoyable, and – trust us – it is not easy to achieve this balance. Thanks Davide, thanks Wemyss but especially thanks Clynelish. 90/100.

Suggested soundtrack: Roxette – It must have been love.

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