Signatory Vintage Clynelish 1998

Soho Whisky Club

It was the day of the inaugural whisky tasting session in Soho, and yours truly needed a little something to calm the nerves. A cup of Joe just didn’t cut it, and so I ventured around Old Compton Street looking for some stronger stuff.

It’s not every day that one joins a private members’ whisky club. For tidy annual fee of £275, it’s certainly not the cheapest club to join, but the prospect of a private corner in the heart of London stocked with a selection of 600+ whiskies at pretty decent prices (the £1000 per pop Glenlivet being one of a handful of exceptions) and being able to bring along three guests kinda sold it for me.

The free weekly tasting sessions also help, of course 🙂

So, to kick start proceedings…

Signatory Vintage Clynelish 1998 (43%)

I spied a bottle of Clynelish on the bar. £5.95 for a single. Bargain!

Serge of fame is a die hard Clynelish fan, but it wasn’t something that I have tried myself. Time to see what it was all about…

Distilled 27th May 1998, bottled 3rd December 2015, and seems to be a vatting of two casks (7776 and 7777) rather than a single cask. Bottle #654.

A rolled up ball of white bread – malty grainy sweetness on the nose and mouth. Toothy bite, chemical clean taste with a dash of burnt plastic. mid #whybother

Certainly not a stunning dram, but OK-ish and would not put me off trying a different one from the distillers!

Perhaps will have better luck at the club next time…

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