Review: Clynelish – Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

(Note: This is Part 1 of a block of That Boutique-y Whisky Company reviews.)

Today I’m reviewing Batch 2 of Clynelish from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Clynelish is a coastal distillery in the northern highlands. From the description on the website, the comic-style cover of this bottle is of a “mother cat scolding a ginger tom cat (Clynelish), asking him why he can’t be more like his older brother (Brora).” Har har. As always with TBWC releases, this is NC^2. 319 bottles were made in this batch.

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Clyneslish Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) - 50.6% ABV
Category Notes
Appearance Golden
Nose Just like the last whisky I tried from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, this nose is really closed off at first. Coastal sea spray, Pinot Grigio, slightly vegetal maybe? Water brings out some lemon peel.
Taste What. In. The… Surprise sherry! No really, there’s some big sherry flavor here that’s completely hidden in the nose. DOES NOT COMPUTE. Dried fruits, winey, spice, maple syrup, woody, very slightly salty. Water brings out a lot more spice. It’s almost peppery now.
Finish A medium and delicate finish. It doesn’t have that 100 proof “burn” at all. Gingerbread, vanilla, fruity, some caramelized crème brulee topping, slightly grassy. Just like the taste, water makes this a much spicier finish. White wine is also back. This shit is bananas (I don’t actually get any banana notes).
Overall Thoughts I don’t think I’ve ever given a whisky extra points for “novelty” but I guess there’s a first time for everything. White wine to sherry to white wine again. If nothing else, this whisky gets my recommendation just for the experience. That Boutique-y Whisky Company continues to put out some more than decent malts and my first Clynelish experience was a great one.
Total Score 90/100