Clynelish 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ainslie & Heilbron
Stated Age
12 years old
56.9 % Vol.
750 ml
White label
Bottled for
Edward & Edward
Added on
23 Aug 2009 11:32 am
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1996.50

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 12-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.28 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 99 points Connoisseur

    Pre-Brora Clynelish bottled at cask strength in 1969, so distilled at the end of the 1950's. One of the most famous bottlings of Edoardo Giaccone. In one word: spectacular! The best whisky I have ever tasted. Perfect whisky. Period.
    • Nose
      Lots of juicy fruitiness of pears, pineapple and lime intermingled with awesome mineral notes of wet stones and chalk. Paraffin. Lemon jelly. I also got seaweed drying in the sun and dried crab shells. Spices of aniseed and camphor at the background.
    • Taste
      Full and waxy mouth coating as I have never experienced. Followed by orange-rid and kiwi fruit. Gooseberries. Also tangerines and passion fruit. Lemon-curd. Custard and some cake mix. Later on sugared almonds and fresh cedar wood. It's delicious and complex at the same time. Very good!
    • Finish
      Long and lingering with hints of clover honey and vanilla. Clove. A little ginger. Gentle mint at the end. Needless to say this whisky is perfectly balanced.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Perfect pure distillate, many fruits, orchard fruits, pineapple, stone fruits, citrus fruits, beeswax, mineral notes, just brilliant

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Clynelish H2H

    Managers Dram 17 year 1998 61.8% OB WB ID 8173
    Clynelish 1969 12 year 56.9% OB WB ID 10087
    Clynelish 1982 15 year Flora & Fauna 57.7% OB WB ID 3438
    Clynelish 1972 28 year 57.3% cask 14624 Adelphi WB ID 8106

    Managers Dram with this particular bottle there is no use getting only 1cl or even 2cl, this is one of the exceptions where you definitely need to either have a full bottle to play around with or a good sized sample of at least 3cl minimum preferably 4 - 5 cl


    1 - managers dram 17 year
    As per last notes in 2018 but also coal tar soap just not as powerful as that but same scent, great stuff.

    2 - 1969
    Surprisingly light and creamy, all on pear, green apple & green apple skins with lashings of cream, pastry notes and a hint of brine and the faintest hint of peat and some vanilla.
    Smells like an older style of malt than the managers, which it obviously is.

    3 - ff
    A big cereal note is the first thing that hits you, cream, hint of peat and vanilla,
    Closed not particularly expressive.
    Slightly ashy

    4 - 1972 adelphi
    Same sort of dna as the ff but with a dirty angle, in a good way, coal tar soap, lucozade, brine , pear and apple & white/yellow gummy bears

    Result nose neat
    1- managers 17 95
    2 - 1969 12 year 94
    3 - 1972 adelphi but almost as good as the 69 93
    4 - FF 1982 cs 92

    Palate neat

    1 managers-
    wham, bam thank you mam, holy shit, power/peat and massess of stewed fruit
    More peat than i remember, and zingy, = notes from 2018 - 95

    2 - 1969
    Completely different to the managers, more subtle , not as powerful with a lovely cream note, hints of lime and lemon, much cleaner and sharper but i like the dirty note in the managers
    Reminds me of some of the nest douglas laing brora but sweeter
    excellent 95

    3 ff
    - this is really similar to the 1969 in it’s profile with the cream, lemon and lime angle just not quite as deep and more elegant than either the MD OR THE 1969 and there is more peat, this is approaching an islay dram for the level of peat in here 93

    Another sweet one but not as refined as the 69 or ff. a little peat or so i thought btt then a wave of spicy peat lashes your tongue and it is really nice, there is a little white fruit, pepper and pastry not as complex as the other 3 92

    1= managers 95
    1= 1969 95
    2- ff 93
    3 - 1972, 92

    5 drops of water from a pipette

    Managers is a little sweeter, parma violet note, marshmallow (pink)
    1969 more cream , more expressive more spirit than md, gummy bears
    Ff no change more distant than than above, possibley a little metallic
    1972 more fruit, plum, rhubarb, gooseberry

    Clear winner

    1 md more going on**
    2 1972
    3 1969 smells younger than md
    4 ff


    Md 17 silky at first but then a hand grenade of peat and masses of spice

    1969, so sweet and silky smooth at first but then the peat arrives, not silky now but still great for sure

    Ff - the water has calmed it down and it is like a rougher version of the 12 until the peat assaults your tongue, different, unique almost, very good

    1972 - now this is a lot sweeter with water, less peat now than the other 3 but really tasty, excellent

    Unable to decide
    So try again
    Md, great flavour, so powerful, rips your tongue off, i love it 1
    1969 more cereal, nice peat and spice 2
    Ff so creamy, full of cereals the peat is invasive water has released untapped peat power, jesus christ
    1972 Very nice , more peat, great fruit

    1 md 95
    2 1972 94
    3 ff 93
    4 1969 but more refined than all the others, sweeter just not as powerful 93

    MD 17 - 94
    1972 - 94
    1969 - 93
    FF 93
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. prz22 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Unforgettable old Clynelish! Pure Heart of the distillery style.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Wet Stones, mineral, salty, creamy, evolving, more fruits, vegetables,
    • Taste
      96 96
      creamy, intense, mineral, very coherent, salty, herbal, flawless!!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Medium long, dry, spicy, mineral, great!!

  5. troyk890 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Incredible purity and intensity. Tasted it next to three 1965 vintages(casks 665, 666, & 667) and it beat them all. Best old Clynelish I've had so far.

  6. dram-drinker did not rate this whisky Moderator

    No doubt, this is a great one - every time I taste this one I find more new aromas - Fantastic!
    • Nose
      Fresh, rich, fruity, pears, honey dew, tropical fruits, pineapples, mangos, passion fruit, citrusy, green apples, and much more - really complex
    • Taste
      Punchy, powerful, but yery oily, thick and smooth, immediately some smoky, peaty notes and also little bit leathery, also citrus fruits, lemony, waxy, subtle sweetness - there is really a lot in there
    • Finish
      Long and burning, mellow, zesty

  7. tebond968 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 12y, 56.9%, OB for Edward & Edward, white label, rotation 1969 is whisky from the mid-1950s (if effectively twelve years old, from 1957), produced in the distillery which was later renamed Brora (first known as 'Clynelish II', Clynelish I was the name of the new distillery that produces the Clynelish whisky to this day). Suddenly, enough interpretation seems to me. The whisky. Sorry, that must be The Whisky. How the hell am I starting here? What did I note? Waxy, minerally, farmy, sweet (banana, honey, milk chocolate), sea air, ... Yes, especially many dots. In terms of taste sweet, fruity, farmy, waxy, ... Yes, especially many dots. A yes, also 'heavenly'. Perhaps only the latter is relevant. A triumph for the senses! 96/100 http://onversneden.com/2010/12/22/de-hoogmis/

  8. WhiskyJug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    12 yo (56.9%, OB for Edward &
    Edward, white label, rotation 1969)

    Colour: straw. Nose: extremely fresh
    and vibrant, with the trademark waxiness
    right upfront. Like always, these
    old Clynelishes make me think of the
    best ‘mineral’ Rieslings.
    Lots of rubbed orange skin, paraffin,
    iron, wet stone, developing then on
    linseed oil and lemon juice. A fabulous
    sharpness and lots of precision. Goes
    on with something very maritime, sea
    air, old fisherman’s nest…
    Hints of melon and quince. Really
    excellent. Mouth: fab, just fab. Creamy
    but not limp, powerful but not violent,
    with a compactness that reminds me
    of the best old Springbanks. Lots
    of bitter oranges, wax, olive oil
    and honey, something subtly resinous,
    quite some peat, pepper and nutmeg,
    Japanese green tea… All that
    with a perfect balance. And the finish
    is long, slightly minty but also sweet
    and coating. Brilliant stuff again
    – a young whisky as it should
    be, if you ask me. 94 points



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