Caledonian Selection Clynelish 1972 29 Year Old Northern Highlands Single Malt Whisky – Cask Strength
85-89 Points

Golden hue. Initial nosing passes unearth dry, unfocused, slightly muted scents of malt, sesame and even, in the distance, mustard seed; additional time releases scents of palm oil, lanolin, egg white, slight brine and fresh almonds. Better in the mouth than on the nose, the palate entry is deeply grainy/malty, sweet and oily; by midpalate sensuous tastes of dark chocolate, sugar cookies, brown sugar, oak and honey delight. Finishes medium-long, moderately sweet and succulent.

  • Price
    $160,  Buy Now
  • Appellation
    Scotland (UK)
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  • Rating
    85-89: Very Good/Recommended
  • Alcohol
    56.3%
  • Category
    Scotch Whisky
  • Date Published
    6/1/2006
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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