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Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1997 Clynelish Cask #4043 Tasting notes and reviews

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Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1997 Clynelish Cask #4043

Brand
Berrys' Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Expression
1997 Clynelish Cask #4043
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
17 years old
Abv
46.00%
Vintage
1997
Produced at
Berry Bros. & Rudd ~ Clynelish Distillery
Region
Highland
Website
www.bbr.com
Availability
UK

Chris Goodrum

85
Nose
Dense and thick, fleshy fruit and lightly sawdusty oak. The oak powers through with clotted cream and toffee, but the grapefruit counters. Pepper, spicy liquorice and a touch of honey come through.
Palate
Fresher and displaying more barley and crisp citrus notes. The oak sits pliantly in the background. Lovely peppery and spicy middle with the oils balancing the citrus.
Finish
Good length. The citrus and alcohol make it dry but a light herbal honey note lingers.
Comment
The nose initially feels a little lumpen but give it some time and aeration.

Sara Smith

63
Nose
Bright wood, young leaves, and straw. A bit acidic, but sweet, like homemade jam. Creamy notes after a while, toffee, hazelnut, and coconut at the very end.
Palate
Quite warm at the outset, with a peppery texture, followed by textbook mellow, fresh wood, highlighted by light custard notes and a hint of Brazil nut.
Finish
Oak, vanilla, butter, and a continuation of the jammy notes from the nose. At the very end, this develops into bitter, ash wood with a herbal edge.
Comment
A straightforward, savoury whisky, focused around fresh wood notes.
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