Hunter Laing

Review: Clynelish 18 Year Old 1996 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Hunter Laing Old & Rare Platinum) by Jason Hambrey

18 Years; Refill Sherry Cask
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Clynelish (Brora, Scotland)

This single cask of Clynelish was aged in a refill sherry hogshead, bottled by independent bottler Hunter Laing.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Light, fruity, and very clean on the nose – with white grape, green mulberries, and light spices – clove and cinnamon. White raisins, and marshy clear water – like a stream flowing through a channel full of moss and algae – it reminds me of the smell of many hills in England and Scotland that I used to climb when I was younger. Nutty – marzipan, peanut brittle – emerging more as it sits. Custard, and dulce de leche are around too.

The palate shows, surprisingly – some smoke, fire roasted chickpeas, green raisin, semi-dried tomatoes, and finishes with tingly spice, tannin, and smoke. I wasn’t expecting the smoke! I don’t even know if dried green mulberries exist, but if they did, this has many elements which I imagine would be similar. Finishes with light oak, green raisin, white pepper, and cloves and cinnamon. Quite the character! It does show how phenomenal the Clynelish distillate is. Great stuff. It is quite amazing how the green raisin holds its ground amidst everything else that is going on.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very Low (based on $385)