Clynelish 16 (Blackadder Raw Cask 1990) Review

This is 16 year old Clynelish matured in an ex-sherry cask and bottled at 58% ABV.

Nose: Heavy butyric acid with some sulphur in the background, sour and funky malt, young oak, slight gasoline and acetone notes – not sure what’s going on with this cask, but not a great intro for this malt.

Palate: Very acidic up front before some stewed fruit notes poke through a bit, very woody and heavily spiced – most of those off notes from the nose disappear here.

Finish: A bit of sulphury sherry with a strong metallic off taste lingering.

Rating: 70/100 – I think this is the first dud of a Clynelish I’ve had – disappointing to say the least. The nose is generally unpleasant, but the palate redeems it a bit before the lackluster finish.

Value for the money: I believe this retailed in the neighborhood $150ish and I would avoid at any price.

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