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Clynelish 21 yo 1995 / 2017 Single Malts of Scotland #10203 55.9% vs Highland Park 1981 / 2011 Scott’s Selection 48.5%

 

or Bottles I Finished Way Too Quickly, which tend to have a personally favoured style, and by that I mean various things …

Clynelish 21 yo 1995 / 2017 Single Malts of Scotland #10203 55.9%

What some might call a austere and harsh Clynelish, I call love. This one needs air and time, but when it blooms – concrete dust, chalk powder, hot paraffin mixed with blazing minerals. Not lemon zest but the full lemon rind, with bitter and pithy lemony overtones. Hints of neroli, and pureed old ginger which leans more hot than warm if that makes sense. That’s it. Objectively simple, narrow and cutting, austere but wonderful. 90 pts

Highland Park 1981 / 2011 Scott’s Selection 48.5%

These 80s Highland Parks can be reticent but, like this one, given time and air they unfurl in the glass to reward the patient seeker. Find here wispy heathery smoke, trace of ash in frigid seawater, old lamp oil, damp leaves on grimy clay, bundled earthy roots. On the tongue it takes a medicinal turn, with menthol lozenges, bitter orange, a resinous and gummy mastic, perhaps an anisic sourness and a distinct thin fruitiness so typical of these years at this Orcadian. 90 pts

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