Clynelish 14 Year Old
Until as recently as 2003 there was no official standard bottling from Clynelish, and even now there are only three. The 14 Year Old is the most widely available. It is an elegant medium-bodied whisky, neither peaty nor overly malty, and thus a good all-rounder.
When you nose the whisky at first, the elegance expresses itself in the well balanced interplay between bourbon and sherry casks, with vanilla notes from the American casks and raisin and chocolate notes from the European. And you'll find the seaside tang that says, "yes, this is a coastal whisky".
To taste, it is lemon toffee, sweet and smooth with a slight waxy texture and a wee bit of salt in the finish.This is a very good dram to pair up to haggis or similar savoury dishes – the salty note compliments the taste of the food, and it's not overtly sweet.
£34 / 70cl, widely available at specialist retailers; Waitrose