So jump back to a week ago.
Yeah, he’s crazy. And he pulls it off. We all end up at the Feathers Pub, and he and I have picked the dram. Why? Because. That’s the only reason I have.
And I’m worried. Because these are actual people. All of you reading this, or skimming it, or whatever? You’re just my mind making up new things. Or parts of the Matrix. But the people in front of me? They are people.
What if I chose wrong?
Oh well, screw it, we’re reviewing Clynelish 10 year Old Malt Cask. And if it sucks, we all know that now.
So, what can I tell you about this dram? Nothing! Seriously though, I found nothing on it. I know that when it was being barreled, I was in High School, having a sad ‘ring in the new year’ time with one friend and watching artsy films.
But maybe that’s enough preamble for today, let’s see how it tastes.
Price: N/A in Ontario
Colour: Pale Scotsman
Nose: Graham cracker (lots of it), apricot, pineapple, caramel, a honey house (a beekeepers workplace)
For the first bit, all we could smell was Graham cracker. /u/slackerdude mentioned it, and it was all on our minds, and that’s all we could think. Damn hive mind.
After awhile the fruit and caramel came out for me, though there’s a lot of honey in this.
Taste: Pineapple, honey, pepper, Honeycomb serial
/u/muaddib99 is already complaining that I’ll love this one because it’s sweet. And he’s not wrong. It’s tasty. Has some unique flavours that work together. It’s a good, young whisky.
Finish: Buckwheat honey, pepper, earth, cherry peppers, cheesecake
More honey, more spice, and near the end, I start tasting the rest of the cheesecake. That may be because someone brought it up.
That said, this reminds me of honey liquor, which I love. It also reminds me of spicy vodka, which I love. I’m biased as all fuck over this one now.
Conclusion: I liked it. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so I’ll try to break it all down:
The nose is one noted. Very sweet. The taste is cereal and honey, with fruit and some burn. The finish is spiced honey and sweet. If you like sweet drams, then it’s good.
If you like smoother drams, or even less sweet, than I’d recommend avoiding it. I loved it, so it’s being bumped up, score wise.
Oh, and if you normally don’t like or do like Clynelish whisky, this is a different animal altogether.
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