Clynelish has a crisp, medium-bodied, mustard-fresh style. Although the forward, pungent smokiness of Islay seems to be absent at first, there are notable traces of it. It has a clean taste that makes it a fine aperitif.
''The most coastal-tasting mainland whiskies are those from Clynelish, between Inverness and Wick. They typically have seaweedy, salty and mustard-like aromas and flavours. Mustard-and-cress, perhaps? The 14-year-old is less peaty than some older editions.''
Michael Jackson, Whisky Magazine
Single malt Scotch: a delight usually refrained from until after dinner. Most popular pairing: the cigar.
About the Varietal:
Single malt whisky is a whisky which is distilled at a single distillery, and which is made completely from a single type of malted grain, traditionally barley, (although there are also single malt rye whiskies). Most single malt whiskies are distilled using a pot still. Single malts are produced all over the world, but the best known single malts come from Scotland, Ireland and Japan.