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, Screw cap
Bottled for
Edward & Edward
Added on
27 Aug 2009 3:43 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 6100.00

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25 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 12-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.24 points

  1. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    bottle from Tomislav Ruszkowski at old & rare 2020. 8/10, fill was low, slightly tired bottle? still very good indeed...
    • Nose
      soft, guava, mineralic (chalk), melting candle wax, oranges, a bit of that ol' salted multivitamin fruit juice
    • Taste
      quite fresh still, lots of waxed lemons, crushed chalk, limestone, tangerines, pebbles, sea salt

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, very close to the 71, mineral chalky waxy with hints of petrol as in some rieslings, orange, tropical fruits, impressive, maybe slightly more precise than the 71, absolutely brilliant

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Not sure if this particular one. Very impressive, but the price nowadays is nonsense.
    • Nose
      Autere, very peaty, old and a lot of OBE, pure lemon juice, light smoke, some tropical fruits (mango passionfruits), fresh double cream, some feeling of new make whisky (sweet barley, pear drop)
    • Taste
      Intense, sweet and a lot of honey, oily, mouth-watering, candy, lemon oil, leather, light peat
    • Finish
      Medium, some smoke.

  4. zzs0529 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Classic kitten, is it a big cat?
    • Nose
      Scent: Herbs, earth, bean paste, toast, sweet with honey
    • Taste
      Entrance: maltose plum, long sweet cream, unique wax texture of the kitten, mineral sense
    • Finish
      Tail rhyme: light cream bread, yeast aroma, subtle peat.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Brora H2H
    2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Brora 30 year OB along side Clynelish 12 year 56.9% Edward & Edward White label bottled 1973.

    I have been meaning to do this for some time unfortunately I had no 2007 30 year. All 5 Brora OB in Glencairns the Clynelish in a Tulip.
    The Clynelish is here because for me its  Brora, distilled in the Brora Stills about 1960 and I will put the tasting notes for this in the Brora section, also for some reason never bothered doing a tasting note for the 2003 before.

    05 – 1st  similar to Clynelish
    73 -  2nd Clynelish –
    04 – 3rd
    06 – 4th
    02 – 5th
    03 -  6th

    First nosing
    02 better than 03, 04 more powerful and peaty, 05 similar to 04 but less peat and more elegant, -06 similar to 05, clynelish 73 more waxy and fruity.

    2nd nosing
    04, 05, 06 very similar now, 
    02 & 03 similar, less expressive more fruity than peaty, clynelish more fruity

    02 – creamy & peaty
    03 – Fruity & peaty
    04 -  Very sweet, beautifully balanced and the peat is there
    05 – weaker compared to the 04 at first but this one is very subtle more creamy but less expressive on the palate than the 04.
    06 – Siimilar to the 05 but peat is louder in this one
    Clynelish, waxy, peaty & fruity

    04, - 1st
    05, - 2nd
    06, -3rd
    02 -  4th
    03 – 5th          

    The clynelish I could not decide but probably in the middle of these 5 on rating but the profile is obviously different.

    There really is not much to chose from all are great but palate wise the 2004 30 year Brora is the best because until then I would have said the 2005 was my favourite 30 year Brora OB but that why they need comparing together.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    With water there is even more fruit and a lovely creaminess. perfect weight and balance.

    • Nose
      Fruity and waxy but not particularly expressive compared to the 5 Brora OB I have just had before.

      Plum, biscuit, wafer, wax and hints of cheese
    • Taste
      Wow, big peat that I did not detect on the nose, now its like Brora.

      Drying with it, cream, peat, guava,  the peat keeps growing, plum, apple but in small qauntities
    • Finish
      Long, fizzy and satisfying

  8. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    【First】: Peach (++) Apple's sourness Alcoholic feeling tightly grapes (+) Figs (+) Wine vinegar fruit fruit fullness mango (+) Carbon feeling also 【Middle】: Body thick outline is calm Lemon Orange Mint leaves Slightly smoked potatoes ~ Taro 【Finish】: Nose omission adequate (+) Mouthy beakkoame banana (++) with no corners standing firmly Refined radish barley burned sensation bliss http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=10072

  9. WhiskyJug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    12 yo (56.9%, OB for Edward &
    Edward, orange and red label, rotation
    Colour: pale gold (a little darker).
    Nose: closer to the 1971 than to the
    1969, a step further toward more roundness,
    with a little honey now, caramel,
    apple pie, vanilla pastries…
    But it’s still a ‘real’
    old Clynelish, with all the waxy,
    mineral and oily cavalry. Gets maybe
    also a little more vegetal, and peatier
    as well (something quite farmy). Excellent
    again. Mouth: oh, this is much peatier
    now, and even more powerful. Almost
    hot after 33 years in its bottle (rule
    the twist caps!) with a fantastic
    development on wax, bitter oranges,
    marzipan, propolis and hints of vegetables
    at the back (Brussels sprouts? ;-))
    Quite some liquorice as well…
    And the finish is as long as it can
    be, with a fabulous earthiness –
    like in a good gentian spirit. Fabulous
    stuff again! 93points.



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