Of this bottle there are two versions. One is bottled by Cadenhead in their wood series range. The other were just a few dozen bottled for the exclusive Broracademy. The Broracademy was a massive Brora tasting, inside the remnants of the old distillery, if I’m not mistaken.
I got a sample of it from Jon Beach. He had been rubbing it in that whatever we whisky geeks were up to, he was at the Broracademy so it could never be topped. While that is true, I don’t want that in my face all the time. I think he owed it a bit to give me the slightest experience of the event…
Well. He actually didn’t owe me anything since he welcomed me into his whisky room for a kick ass semi-blind tasting. He promised a report on that from his point of view and I’m waiting for that before posting my own reviews.
Clynelish from halfway through the nineties often has a very austere, heavy mineral character and this one is no exception. I get basalt or slate with iron and grain dust. It is very punchy but mellows a little bit after some air. The typical Clynelish waxy notes show up then too!
It’s rich and waxy with a touch of vanilla. Pretty sharp but with a syrupy mouth feel. Some oak, salt and a touch of smoke.
A surprise of some fruit, pear in this case. More bees wax with honey. Very gentle with a noticable amount of oak.
I drew a little graph in my notebook with one increasing line on the waxiness, and the inverse (decreasing, that would be) on the minerals.
It’s a lovely Clynelish, but I wouldn’t have guessed it was sherried. Some characteristics can be attributed to that, but those are minor flavour components. Could have been any cask, but it sure is a lovely Clynelish. Not the best ever. Not even the best from the second half of the nineties, but a lovely Clynelish nonetheless.
Clynelish 17, 58%, bottled for the Broracademy, Cadenhead. The Cadenhead bottling costs around € 82.50 at Whiskybase.
Thanks to Jon Beach for the sample! You should all go and visit Fiddler’s.