I've compared a few Broras and Clynelishes, (now that's a sidetrack...what's the plural for Clynelish?), particularly various SMWS bottlings, and I've found both to be amazingly consistent.
I used to favour Brora also, but I suspect this was more out of respect or reverence for the older expressions, or simply out of sympathy that it had closed down. However, assess any Clynelish on its own merits, and I believe it becomes apparent that the newer distillery is the equal of its sibling.
Admiral wrote:Mr Tattieheid,
I've compared a few Broras and Clynelishes, (now that's a sidetrack...what's the plural for Clynelish?)
Why, Clyneslish, of course. "Slopes of the garden".
I have several bottles each of Clynelish and Brora and am looking forward to comparing them over the next year or so.
Brora 24 Rare Malts 56.1% 0.70 G&M
Brora 26 Old & Rare 54.9% 0.70 Laing
Clynelish 12 60.2% 0.75 Cadenhead's
Clynelish 14 'Advance Sample' 50.0% 0.20 Laing
Clynelish 14 OB 46.0% 0.75
Also, was there actually a Flora & Fauna bottling of Clynelish around back then? From what I've read here, it seems most people seem to think the new Hidden Malts release is a few rungs up the ladder.
I was thinking more of the likes of the maltmadness site (http://www.maltmaniacs.com/matrix/matrix.html) - even with 5 reviews, the Clynelish14 only averaged a score of 82. Two or three of those reviewers have tastes pretty close to mine, so I'm a little confused
monkeybrain wrote:This might be subject to my experience and taste, but I did not find anything "fruity" about Clynelish. I found the after taste somewhat like burnt rubber. Nonetheless, Clynelish is really light but gives you that punch almost like flavored vodka.
Or burnt pear maybe? I always detected pear and mellon... mostly pear.
The pear notes and peat play on each other nicely. I suppose I could get rubber out of that but not tire rubber. I've seen many people detect light citrus and floral notes. I get this in the nose a little but not on the tongue.
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