This is an 11 year Clynelish that is made up ex-bourbon and ex-port matured distillate that was further finished in vintage port casks before being bottled at 46%.
Nose: Typical Clynelish notes are bold off the bat: waxy, sweet pears, baked apples, and honeydew melon. Somewhat grassy with a bit of sawdust quality coming through from the oak.
Palate: The port influence shows up here more clearly as grape juice notes are added to the typical Clynelish makeup. Very fruity overall with dominant notes of spiced pears and tangerine.
Finish: Peach sorbet and pear juice with faint oak lingering.
Rating: 89/100 – A very pleasant surprise. I’m admittedly a Clynelish fanboy, but these Murray McDavids can be very interesting with their cask vattings/additional finishing processes. Doesn’t taste like 46% at all to me – I would’ve guessed 50%+.
Value for the money: Based on typical Murray McDavid prices of this age, I’d venture to guess this retailed between $60-80, and I would gladly buy a bottle at that price if I saw one.