This is a 21 year Clynelish from Cadenhead that was selected by K&L Wines. It was bottled at 52.4% ABV. I presume this was aged in a second or third refill ex-bourbon cask based on my notes.
Nose: Salty, playdough like malt with heather and crayons. Weathered oak infused with apple cider.
Palate: Honeydew melon, some oak tannins mixed among the a floral malt with dried herbs.
Finish: Buttery oak with herbs fading gently and subtle vanilla.
Rating: 84/100 – Not quite the Clynelish style I prefer. I do enjoy non-sherry finished Clynelish, but this one left me wanting a bit on the palate and finish.
Value for the money: This is going for $140 on K&L at the moment, and I wouldn’t buy again at that price. I’d like to see this priced closer to $80-$90.