After a brief change of dram, here’s another expressions from the latest Darkness! installation by Master of Malt (or Maverick Drinks is you like). Just like the previous Darkness! whiskies , this Clynelish spent a finishing period of 3 months in tiny, specially coopered, fresh, first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks with huge surface area to volume ratios prior to bottling, as to “enhance it” and endow it with quite some sherry goodness.
Nose: Spicy and sweet. Lots of fresh ground pepper on top of dried fruit (mainly dates & figs) with hints of leather , heavily roasted coffee beans , wax and spices. Sweet with old school butterscotch candy but not overly sweet in spite of the heavy sherry influence.
Palate: thick and oily. sun dried dates paste, Silan (a sort of honey made from dates) . Pepper and more butterscotch candy getting creamier after the initial pepper disappears. A certain saltiness comes to mind too. As well as coffee flavoured dark chocolate.
Finish: Spicy. Peppery & salty.
Actually this was felt more balanced than the BIG FAT PX that was the Benrinnes PX
Highly enjoyable. Thick, and the salty sweetness is a lovely combination. Certainly not cheap for a 0.5 litre bottle, but It’s a really special Clynelish.