Clynelish Distillery Highlands Region Independent Bottlers My Name Is Whisky Scotland Whisky from 200 euros and over

MNIW The Signature: Clynelish 25yo

The first bottling in the Horizon series: Sunset.

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 54.6%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: My Name Is Whisky
Average price: € 450.00 
Official website: www.mynameiswhisky.com
Vote: 88/100

Francesca and Simon Paul Murat are two familiar names on the proscenium of Italian whisky, not only for the monumental volume published a few years ago, but also for their own bottlings that are slowly weaving a tapestry of taste and elegance in a project that, since 2017, has been making its way not only in Italy but also internationally.
After the first two bottlings dedicated to as many faces in the industry (Giorgio D’Ambrosio and Mark Watt in the Capsule Collection), The Signature series made its debut in 2021, which in the Horizon line already offered two weighty bottles, soon to be joined by a third.

Sixty bottles produced from a single ex-Sherry cask filled in 1996, which after twenty-five years has produced this Sunset, the first Horizon is a quarter-century old Clynelish in an unusual sherry ageing.
Thanks to Francesca for the very kind sample.

Tasting notes

On the nose, intense mineral notes are grafted onto a carpet of fruit and flowers, where honeysuckle meets plums, dried apricots, raspberries, wild strawberries and mango. Digging below the surface, a softer, rounder aromatic load emerges, the wax makes its way, dragging with it an impression of honey, vanilla sugar, strudel and nuts, the spices warm the nostrils, but then cool down as the mineral notes reappear. Complex.
Quite lively for its age, with a fair amount of pepper and tannins that tease the palate pushing notes of macerated red fruits, nectarine, chocolate, marzipan, plum jam, liquorice, nutmeg. The sherry seems to have left a sharper imprint on the flavours, but on the length the mineral and earthy notes return to offset its influence, along with a hint of leather and tobacco.
The finish is long and spicy, mineral, red fruits, tobacco, touch of aniseed, chocolate.

Elegant and refined, it demands and deserves time and patience to be tasted, going beyond initial impressions to allow it to open up and discover itself on the nose and palate. The sherry struggles to be felt even after five lustres, but the essence of Clynelish manages to prevail in the long run: a fascinating struggle where we are privileged spectators.

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