The Great Thing about Visiting Old Friends

 In Occasional Musings

For the July 4th weekend, we got the “First Friday” group back together.  This was a faculty group and their spouses that would convene on the first Friday of the month for a few drinks and snacks just to spend some time together and socialize.  It had been a couple of years since we were last together.  All are retired now and some are living in different states.  It was a grand time, telling stories and catching up.  Our relationships took up right where we left off the last time we were together.  It was a fabulous experience.

My long-time friend Gerry brought a 14 year old Clynelish to the event.  Clynelish doesn’t release a lot of expressions, with the majority of its production going towards Jonnie Walker’s Gold Label.  Located in the Highlands of Scotland, the Clynelish Distillery is actually one of the larger operations in Scotland, with a maximum yearly output of over 4 million liters. The 14 year is their flagship bottling, and the one most often found around the world.

We had tasted this dram years ago and so I was anxious to taste it again.  It has a delightfully complex spicy and perfumed nose, with some floral and malty notes. The palate os multi-layered, with some light citrus hints on a honey background, sweet with delicious spices and orchard fruits before a honey finish with a trace of brine.  The hint of smoke or peat that we had previously mentioned in our tasting note did not appear.

I really enjoyed visiting with my old friends and this dram can be counted as an old friend of a different kind.  Old friends rarely disappoint.


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