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Clynelish 30 yo 1970 / 2000 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 312 bottles 42% vs Clynelish 31 yo 1970 / 2001 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 186 bottles 48.4%

Clynelish 30 yo 1970 / 2000 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 312 bottles 42%

Uncommon vintage and one of the earliest available from the new Clynelish post construction. Honey and baked apricots in butter sauce. Full of rich yellow overtones. Touch of salt, warm clay pots, and white sand under the baking sun. Tinned yellow fruit, honeysuckle, dried lemon rind and dripping wax. It’s not got huge presence of course, and not the most complex 70s Clynelish despite the little peeks of herbal liqueur bitterness coming through. 86 pts.

 

Clynelish 31 yo 1970 / 2001 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 186 bottles 48.4%

Unsurprisingly it’s very much the same whisky on the nose, except coalesced into a corporeal solidity in the glass. On the palate however, it diverges with pine needles, stale white pepper, mustard seed, bitter pith (a lot!), hot sand, thin wax and touches of soot. There is also a brittleness to it that makes me feel like I’m licking a glass pane. Note that in Whisky, things that sounds terrible on paper might be pretty good in the glass. 84 pts.

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