Clynelish 12, 57% – Samaroli Coilltean

Samaroli is, of course, the famous bottler from Italy that bottled (according to many) the best whiskies ever some decades ago. I believe this was the early eighties. Since then they have only released a couple bottlings until a large batch came out in 2008. This bottle is one of those.

A few years ago he revamped his brand with a new range of bottles of which this Clynelish is one. I bought it in 2008 and it has been getting emptier and emptier every now and then until I finished it last weekend.

A cask strength, First Fill Sherry Butt matured gem of a Clynelish, that deserves a review and deserved it years ago.

Clynelish 12 by Samaroli. Image from Whiskybase

Clynelish 12 by Samaroli. Image from Whiskybase

Gentle sherry with lots of fruit and honey. Also some furniture polish and a salty background. Creamy with mint and something slightly acidic, like passionfruit.

The palate is a bit sharper than I expected after such a gentle nose, but nothing too fierce. Dry crushed peppercorns, lots of tropical fruit like peaches, peach skins, dried prunes. There’s a bit of bitter wood, sweet sugar syrup.

The finish burns a little but therefore it lingers quite a while. I think there’s a little hint of sulphur in there, but in a way that I absolutely love it. Fairly bitter, sweet and creamy.

This is a stunning Clynelish. For only 12 years old it tastes much more mature, and the cask must have been one of the best available. Actually, I don’t think I have tasted many Clynelishes that are better than this one, apart from a couple from the early seventies (Old Malt Cask, Prestonfield, Berry’s).

Clynelish 1995 – 08-2008, 57%, Samaroli Coilltean, it used to cost a litte under € 100, but is long gone now.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Clynelish 12, 57% – Samaroli Coilltean

  1. Pingback: Ospitaletto Whisky Festival pt. 3 – Clynelish 1995 (2008, Samarol ‘Coilltean’, 57%) | whiskyfacile

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