Clynelish 1995-2011, 46%, cask #8658 – Robert Graham’s Dancing Stag

Apparently I had a sample of this whisky sitting on my sample shelf for a while. Don’t how it got there or who brought it. But it was there. And when going through those samples to take on holiday I just grabbed a bunch and this was among them. I am never one to turn down any Clynelish, so I was quite pleased to find this one.

Robert Graham is a luxury shop chain in the UK with shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Chester, Cambridge, Mayfair and London. Some are liquor shops, some are cigar shops. Dancing Stag is one of their labels, apparently inspired by the owner seeing a dancing stag on the drive home after a trip a few years ago.

I might even have stepped in the shop when I was in Edinburgh a few years ago, since I stepped in every shop on the Royal Mile that looked like they had bottles inside. Can’t exactly remember which was which though.

All fine and dandy, but what of the whisky?

Clynelish 15, Dancing Stag label

Clynelish 15, Dancing Stag label

A warming fire in the hearth, barley and vanilla, but also straw mats. Quite spicy and even a little sharp, with resin and wax coats. There’s a slight hint of lemon for a fresh element.

White peppery heat with smooth vanilla to back it up. There is a bit of a plant like flavour to it, with honey and beeswax. Almost no wood.

The finish shows the spirit of Clynelish a little bit, which I really enjoy in Clynelish. It has some gin like qualities. Not too long with gentle vanilla.

This is a rather nice dram! I have high expectations everytime I try Clynelish and while this is not the best one ever, it certainly is a tasty drink. The whisky isn’t too consistent apart from the vanilla and wax, which are two of the flavours that make Clynelish Clynelish. The gin/spirity bit in the end I have come across earlier and I enjoy it when a whisky isn’t afraid to show where it comes from.

So, all in all, nice stuff and apparently still available from Robert Graham too, at £ 49.95, which is a very fair price!


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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