This is a 20 year Clynelish matured in a refill sherry butt and bottled at 50.3% ABV.
Nose: Sherry dominant with baking spices, floral notes, waxy malt with spiced pears, dates, and wet slate.
Palate: Sherry still predominant note with pears and melon, subtle floral notes, and gun flint – quite buttery overall with damp oak and new leather.
Finish: Oak turns slightly bitter as cocoa emerges to linger alongside the sweet sherry.
Rating: 89/100 – A pretty standard heavily sherried Clynelish – the nice thing is they are usually fairly good, so the standard is quite high in my opinion. This expression has some great sherry notes without overwhelming the Clynelish malt profile.
Value for the money: This retailed around €115 which I think is a pretty good price – not sure what they can be found for now at auction, but I wouldn’t pay a whole lot over original retail.