G10.1 23yo 1989 Thanksgiving dram (59.6%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 280b): a new grain is always exciting. A new grain from a new distillery should be even more so. Now, a new grain from a new distillery that I have never tried is something special. Nose: lots of evergreen saw dust, a bit of nail-varnish remover, coconut shells and a bizarre and agreeable mix of pencil shavings and strawberry coulis on ginger bread. JS finds fig & caramel gelato in it too. An old grain, in other words. :-) Mouth: most velvety grain I have had, it seems. This is like chewing on a honey-coated, satin cushion -- for real. A cushion sprayed with a twist of pink-pepper mill, that is. Finish: the wood is huge, which is not too surprising, with more honey.
44.56 23yo 1989 Sweet and sour creative tension (51.8%, SMWS Society Single Cask, ex-Bourbon Cask, 300b): nose: honeysuckle, intoxicating perfume, essential oils, sunflower-seed oil? Very oily indeed. After a minute, it comes back to me: canola oil! Canola oil and some pine-tree needles. Mouth: velvety and easy, with a light sprinkle of pepper, forsythia in the back, tulip petals and maybe half a spoonful of honey. Finish: lovely! A nicely reached, difficult balance between honey and forsythia. It works a treat.
26.92 28yo 1984 Hard glazed pretzel sticks (58.2%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Sherry Butt, 491b): nose: trademark candle wax (it is a Clynelish, after all), spent candle wick and not much else I can detect. Mouth: reasonably wide with a dash of black pepper and a tiny bit of cardboard. Finish: more pepper and wax, perhaps flower petals, as well as burnt caramel. This is good, though not the best of the recent Clynelishes. "Vingt-six quatre-vingt-douze, Monsieur Vincent!"
77.30 9yo 2003 Attractively accessible and mouth-watering (61.9%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 273b): stupidly forgot this was coming and emptied 77.14 too soon to compare both. Nose: this one is a lot sharper and greener. Lots of plant juice, pine-tree sap (not very powerful, mind), some melted butter. Mouth: dry and mildly spicy (is it nutmeg?) Finish: it is, again, dry and freckled with plant sap. I reckon this is simply too green. Leave it another ten years in the cask, then we will talk.
|The Old Man and a sea of Glenfarclas|
Shortish session, though very sufficient. We manage to completely overlook the fact there is a new 78 -- a rare thing at the society, the last couple of years. Another visit soon, then.