Clynelish 10 Year Old Special Release 2023 The Jazz Crescendo

Part of the Special Releases 2023 ‘Spirited Xchange’ from Diageo, this is the Clynelish 10 Year Old Single Malt called ‘The Jazz Crescendo’. This release was inspired by the sweet and soulful richness of classic American jazz. Exclusively aged in ex-bourbon American oak, this expression sings with notes of rich caramel and vanilla spice. It was bottled at cask strength.

    Nose:    A mellow, crisp nose with quite some impact. The top notes are very faintly waxy but are mainly mineral and maritime, suggesting soft sea breezes, slaked lime and salt crystals; the mid-notes become sweeter, hinting at dusty heather pollen, while the base is lightly woody and earthy, the earth faintly scorched. Late on, the aromas become rounder, with a toffee-sweet suggestion of vanilla fudge.

    Taste:    Very smooth and as expected, waxy in texture, the robust taste sweet with toffee notes then lightly salty, and soon cradled by a growing peppery warmth.

    Finish:    Long, smoothly dry and spicy with a trace of dried coconut in the aftertaste.