Review #816 – Clynelish 21yr SMWS 26.119 – Dark and Dangerously Good

Review #816 | /r/Scotch Review #275 – Scotch Malt Whisky Society 26.119 Clynelish 21yr “Dark and Dangerously Good”

The Schtick: This is a 21yr bottling of Clynelish distillate that was aged for 20 years in Oloroso sherry casks and transitioned to a first fill PX cask for the final year of maturation. It is bottled at cask strength, NCF, with no color added, by the SMWS


Distiller: Clynelish

Bottler: SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

Designation: 26.119: Dark and Dangerously Good

ABV: 56.0%

Age: 21 Years

Source: Sample


Nose: Sugar, honey, toffee, waxed fruits, sour milk, nutty sherry, fruity. Tobacco, rich cocoa.

Taste: Thick, rich, pepper, stewed fruits, milk ash smoke, caramel, Dole fruit syrup. Super rich. Astounding complexity.

Finish: Long, rich no heat, sweet caramel, bread-y yeasty sweet caramel. Mild smoke, pepper, oak, stewed fruits. Rich sherry balances well with oak and rich spirit

Overall: Really quite great but can’t live up to some other SMWS Clynelish I’ve had. That in no way is a knock, though, because this was fantastic.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 9





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