The Ten #3: Clynelish 2008

The Ten Number 3 Clynelish

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Nose:  Young sweet malt, fresh cut grass, honeyed oats, and icing sugar. Palate:  Fresh toast, oats, hints of honey, and faintly tropical.  Slightly grassy as well. Mouthfeel:  Dry, slightly warm, mid-weight, quite waxy. Finish:  Short, dry, some slight wood spices, and a bit waxy. Balance: Just about perfect - this whisky is fresh and reasonably light all round, with perhaps just a touch more weight on the tongue than the rest of the whisky would suggest.  A consistent whisky right from the first nosing through to the finish. The first thing I have to mention about this whisky is the…

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Glenmorangie: Signet

Glenmorangie Signet

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Nose:  Fruit cake, rum & raisin chocolates, almonds, and mixed peel. A little bit of new make coming and going. Palate:  Sweet spices, mixed fruit peel, dark chocolate, and something sweet at the back such as golden syrup. Mouthfeel:  Thick and creamy.  A little bit of that new make from the nose is still hanging around. A little bit rougher than I was expecting. Finish:  Coffee, mixed nuts, sweet and treacly.  Long and warm on the tongue. For me, Glenmorangie's Signet is a bit all over the place - the nose is great at first, but gets a little rough. …

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Compass Box: The Peat Monster

Compass Box The Peat Monster

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Nose:  Fresh cut grass, honey, peat smoke, and mixed citrus peel. Hints of dried apricots and dry apple chips. Palate: A big peat smoke impact here, some cured meats, beach water and the mouthful of seaweed you get when dumped in the surf. Hints of fresh and sweet botanicals. Fairly medicinal, but not overpoweringly so. Mouthfeel: Reasonably thick, but not chewy or creamy. A small alcoholic tingle that sits on the tip of the tongue, but goes no further. Somehow it seems to fill the whole mouth - up to the roof of your mouth - whilst it goes down…

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