SMWS 26.99 “The Fisherman’s Friend” (Clynelish 23) Review

This is a 23 year Clynelish from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society that was matured in an ex-bourbon refill barrel and bottled at 48.5% ABV.

Nose: Waxy pears and wildflower honey followed by some lavender and chamomile. Wisps of smoke with vanilla develop after a minute with brown sugar and maple syrup.

Palate: Spiced honey with crisp honeydew melon and sugar cookies. Turns rather floral after a bit and maintains a rather diverse bouquet of floral notes throughout.

Finish: Dried herbs and old oak with subtle nutmeg and stonefruit.

Rating: 91/100 – One of the more floral heavy Clynelish’s I’ve had, but it’s always nice having something that diverges from the typical waxy fruit profile of their’s.

Value for the money: I’m guessing this retailed for about $200 when it was released last year, and I’d be content with a bottle at that price.

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