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.