Berrys' Own Selection


1997, 17 Years Old, Cask #4043

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 126
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Brand: Clynelish, Berrys' Own Selection
Expression: 1997, 17 Years Old, Cask #4043
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 17 years old
Year of bottling: 2014
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Dense and thick, fleshy fruit and lightly sawdusty oak. The oak powers through with clotted cream and toffee, but the grapefruit counters. Pepper, spicy liquorice and a touch of honey come through.
Palate: Fresher and displaying more barley and crisp citrus notes. The oak sits pliantly in the background. Lovely peppery and spicy middle with the oils balancing the citrus.
Finish: Good length. The citrus and alcohol make it dry but a light herbal honey note lingers.
Comment: The nose initially feels a little lumpen but give it some time and aeration.
Taster   Sara Smith
Nose: Bright wood, young leaves, and straw. A bit acidic, but sweet, like homemade jam. Creamy notes after a while, toffee, hazelnut, and coconut at the very end.
Palate: Quite warm at the outset, with a peppery texture, followed by textbook mellow, fresh wood, highlighted by light custard notes and a hint of Brazil nut.
Finish: Oak, vanilla, butter, and a continuation of the jammy notes from the nose. At the very end, this develops into bitter, ash wood with a herbal edge.
Comment: A straightforward, savoury whisky, focused around fresh wood notes.
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Clynelish Distillery, Brora, Sutherland, Highland, Scotland
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