Clynelish, distillery exclusive bottling, 46% A+
Thanks to JS for splitting this!
Body - Slightly austere at first, then peppery and woodsy with cut dandelion stalks and a little burnt toast.
Finish - Medium and a little acrid, but with an undercurrent of soft fruit toffee and brine.
A wonderful nose and then a little bit angular in the delivery unfortunately, but there is some good rich fruit and wax in here.
Thank you Jon for the next two…
Bourbon cask, 01.03.2008-10.04.2018
Body - Very soft, almost not there. Light, dusty sherbet, orange curd, double cream.
Finish - Surprisingly long and creamy, delicate but insistent.
This is a very light, almost dusty whisky, and good for it. A lovely citrussey nose, there's a big hole in the delivery, but it's a delicious, creamy thing to drink.
Refill butt, 11.12.1996-28.02.2018
Body - Cleaner than I was expecting, the orange is back with twisted peel and big chunks of flesh. Almost orange furniture polish.
Finish - Medium to long, and with a more peppery orange peel, with cinnamon stick and a little chocolate clove - no hole in the delivery here - it's rich, citrussy and well balanced to the end.
A lovely thing to drink, full of Christmassy orange and spices.