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My Own Blend – Tasting Number 1

So as you can see in my Own Blend post, I decided to try something different. On my first tasting of the blend I have the following included:

  1. Cardhu 12 year old
  2. Clynelish 14 year old
  3. Dalmore 12 Year Old
  4. Edradour 10 year old
  5. Edradour 13 year old Natural Cask Strength
  6. Jura Superstition
  7. Jura Diurachs’ Own
  8. Mackmyra The 1st Edition
  9. St George’s Chapter 11
  10. Talisker Storm
  11. Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

That’s quite a list of some very different whiskies so I don’t know what to expect..so lets get stuck in.

So the result of these whiskies is a light golden coloured dram with the most bizarre nose I have ever experienced, unsurprisingly. There is an initial hit of smoke and then sherry, both quickly giving way to marzipan and an amazing amount of sweetness; summer fruits also have a high presence.

Onto the palate you again get hit with an initial smokiness from the Talisker Storm which actually continues onto the finish. Funnily enough the second flavour coming through is again sherry, but quite subtle, and then onto the summer fruits with a little sweetness, reminding me of the Mackmyra, it seems to follow the nose almost exactly on the first sip. The finish is relatively short but has a lovely smokiness combined with a spicy, dry oakiness to it. I obviously have no idea what the abv is but it does have a bit of heat to it, but only on the finish.

Well it’s interesting I’ll give it that, strangely enjoyable as well actually. Okay it’s no award winner but then I it was never going to be, but it is nicer than I was expect if I’m honest. I am looking forward to future tastings to see just how this progresses, because lets be honest, I have no idea what else will be going into this and therefore no idea what the next iteration of it is going to be like. I’ll keep you posted.

Clynelish 14 Year Old

Distillery: Clynelish
Name: N/A
Region: Highland (Coastal)
Age: 14
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £25 (was on offer, usually about £35)
Nose: Light fruits, fresh, lightly oaky, dry
Taste: Light, smooth, light fruits, salty, slight dryness
Finish: Long, light saltiness, dryness lessens, oaky
Rating: 7/10
Clynelish 14 Year Old

I first bought a bottle of Clynelish (Klyn-leesh) 14 year old at it’s full price of around £35, and after finishing it surprisingly quickly, I thought it was worth every penny, so when I saw it on offer I snapped another bottle up.

This is a great summer dram as it is a wonderfully light and refreshing, with the coastal roots very apparent, the saltiness really adds to it’s freshness. At 46% abv you would be forgiven for thinking that it will have some real alcohol burn, but you would be pleasantly surprised. There is some there but it is not overpowering and does not take away from the pure quality that is present in this dram. I also find that the longer it has to aerate, the less the abv is apparent so I do not usually add any water.

I did add some water for this tasting however so that I could portray what it is like. Adding a small amount of water does very little to the nose or palate; adding enough to reduce the abv burn however, just makes the palate a bit too watery and bland unfortunately and kills the finish. The nose changes very little however but it does bring out a saltiness that was not really there originally, but the oakyness seems to disappear.

Overall I would have to say that this is my ‘everyday’ dram, I have just finished this bottle and will be on the lookout for a replacement. Until I find a whisky that is as light and refreshing as this, that also has enough complexity to make it an interesting dram every time I have one, I will always try to keep a bottle in, a wonderful dram. If you have any suggestions by the way, they would be much appreciated.