Clynelish Select Reserve

Clynelish Select Reserve
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Winning bid: £300.00
Lot number: 091-3757

The original Clynelish distillery was built in 1819 by the reviled Duke of Sutherland as part of the infamous Highland Clearances project. It is somewhat satisfying then that it failed to make much of an impression during these early years, going through a long period of turmoil before finding its way into the hands of John Walker and DCL in 1930. This proved a real turning point though, and in 1967 it was decided that a larger, more modern distillery was needed to keep up with demand. This newer distillery is the one we associate today with the name Clynelish; the original being renamed Brora (after the neighbouring town) in 1969 to avoid confusion.

Perhaps surprisingly, due to the high regard with which its signature “waxy” style is held amongst whisky fans, Clynelish doesn't have much in the way of a core range beyond it's 14 year old; with most of its presence as a single malt down to current owner Diageo's annual releases, or releases by independent bottlers. Instead it is most often found in blends, and it provides the heart of Johnnie Walker's Gold Label Reserve.

This was the first appearance of Clynelish in the Special Releases. It is also the first premium no-age-statement to appear in the range, and is a combination of five wood types and five vintages.

Bottled: 2014

Cask Type: Bourbon, rejuvenated and refill American Oak, bodega and refill European oak

54.9% ABV / 70cl

Bottle Number: 851 / 2964

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Featured in: The 91st Auction (October 26 – November 4, 2018)