CLYNELISH 1996 COLLECTIVE 48%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 53834
Created in 1968, the new Clynelish distillery produces a single malt highly sought-after not only by master blenders but also by independent bottlers. Produced from deux casks, this bottling has all the notes of wax, sweet spice, salt, florals and fruit that represent the DNA of this North Highland malt. To top it all, a gentle hint of peat has also been added to the fold. More subjectively, it is also a great excuse to take an invigorating hike to the summit of steep cliffs.
Profile: the opulent initial nose is lightly peated, before moving into beeswax and malted barley. Allowed to breathe, it becomes herbaceous, salty, floral (peony) and fruity (melon). The lively attack draws on a malty, spicy backbone to assert its honeyed, juicy character. The end of the palate brings iodine. The rich finish then offers us still-hot brioche.
Small Batch – Sherry Cask
Limited edition of 1 030 bottles
Exclusive to LMDW
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- Appearance : deep burnished gold.
- Nose : rich, opulent. At the very start of the initial nose, a light note of peat momentarily occupies the centre of the aromatic palette. Then, allowed to breathe, it gives way to beeswax, grated ginger and malted barley. Its herbaceous (cut hay, lucerne) and salty character becomes increasingly more precise. Gradually, we discover a very pleasant sensation of fullness and floral (peony, old rose), fruity (apricot, mango, melon) energy.
- Palate : taut, full of energy. The attack is extremely confident. Supported by a backbone of malt and spice (cinnamon), it gradually reveals wild honey, ground almond, apple jelly, sweet, juicy William pear, coconut milk and candied citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit). The end of the palate steps to the edge of a cliff swept with an iodine breeze, as the cries of seagulls pierce the gustatory palette.
- Overall : long, generous. Back from its coastal trek, the finish immediately takes us to a bakery to enjoy delicious notes of brioche and still-hot Chelsea buns. Now it is time to bite into delicious Danish pastries. The retro-nasal olfaction clearly evokes a malting floor and the empty glass brings more spice (cinnamon, nutmeg).
- The brand
Located in the north of the Highlands and rebuilt next to its original site in 1967, Clynelish produces a fresh and fruity malt, the majority of which is used for the Johnnie Walker blends. The former Clynelish distillery wasn’t demolished, but instead renamed Brora in 1969. It produces a powerful and heavily-peated Highland malt. It closed its doors in 1983 and its bottlings are now particularly sought-after by collectors.
Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.
The lineSince the dawn of time, artist collectives have been a place of exchange, inspiration and creativity. In the same way, each of the single malts found in our Artist Collective range draws the richness of their olfactory and gustatory palettes from the marriage of various casks. Devoted to diversity, every region and every style of Scottish single malt, peated and unpeated, are represented. Within this range we also find 43%, 48%, 57.1% (100 proof) and cask-strength bottlings. To illustrate the labels of the six bottlings in our first collection, La Maison du Whisky has called on contemporary artists from very different backgrounds. Each of them brings their own very personal touch that echoes the richness of the single malts selected!
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