Clynelish 12 Years Old Special Release 2022 70cl 58.5°

Distillery : Clynelish / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 25205

For this new series of Diageo Special Release 2022, the limited edition Clynelish 12 years old lingers on the barrel finish of Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso.

This Clynelish adds a spicier side to its usual fruitiness. The rich liquid shines with complex aromas of fruits, herbs and deeper, fragrant oak spices. Smooth texture and rich sweet wine flavours mingle with peppery spice after its long secondary maturation in Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso barrels. A Single Malt whisky as rare and elusive as its mysterious guardian.

We find on the label of this collector's bottle, the elusive Scottish wild cat, Felix Sylvestris, symbol of the distillery.

Legend has it that Clynelish once found himself confronted with an epic blizzard. The supernatural cold of the storm put precious casks of whisky in danger - freezing their contents, until a mysterious feline creature silently appeared. Unaffected by the freezing temperatures, he turned his hypnotic golden eyes on the drums, enveloping them in a cocoon of magical warmth. The salvaged barrels evolved with rare depths of mysterious, glowing spices, underpinned by the cold forever.

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soit 300,00 € / litre

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Volume0.7 L
ABV58.5 °
TypeSingle malt
Age12 years
MaturationBourbon & Sherry
PeatNon Peated
CharacteristicsCask Strength

Clynelish is a new distillery founded in 1967, facing her sister distillery Brora. Brora used to produce premium heavily peated malts to cover a shortage of Caol Ila production. Brora permanently stopped its production and closed in 1983.

Clynelish is located in the Northern Highlands, in a rural setting of bramble-filled woods, complete with a fully glazed still room overlooking the sea. It is also the natural habitat of the elusive Scottish wildcat, Felix Sylvestris. Few of these evanescent creatures remain, and they are rarely seen, but the symbol of the wild cat is inscribed on the Clyenlish distillery, protecting it forever.

The distillery produces a fresh, very fruity malt, most of which is used in the Johnnie Walker Gold Label blend.

Appearance: liquid sunlight. Bright gold.

Body: medium.

Nose: creamy top notes soon give way to light yet complex fruity and herbal aromas; subtle, understated suggestions of fruity mincemeat, tinned pears, even heather honey. Deeper still, spicy scents of oak preview a soaring intensity on the palate. A drop of water increases the herbal note, while also introducing a familiar waxy hint.

Palate: a very smooth, mouth-filling texture introduces a lively taste that is rich and wine-sweet overall, the palate well-balanced by snarling peppery, oaky spice. A little water enhances the sweetness, steers the smoothness of the texture towards waxiness and rounds the flavours, which soon give way again to spicy heat.

Finish: quite long, chili-spiced with lingering pepper. A little water enhances the creamy-smooth texture and adds a little more spice.