Clynelish 1996 TWC

Overall rating
87.55/100
votes
54
Whiskybase ID
WB101265
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 sep 2017 6:59 pm by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 94.90

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1996 TWC

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.55 points.

  1. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nectar with perfect strength. Wax, honey, tropical fruits. grass with wild flowers, chalk. pleasantly sharp on the palate, also a little salt, medium finish. 22.5-22.5-22.5-22.5

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  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. aspa scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    nose
    Ahhh here we have Bourbon barrel matured Clynelish as it stands in the book so much is immediately clear. This waxy mineral combination with fruits, apples and citrus fruits is only available from Clynelish. I find pretty much the standard 14er here, simply in barrel strength and with a little more complexity. I don't know how to describe this extremely typical combination of aromas, but for me it is the perfect symbiosis of waxy aromas that then tip over into the mineral and the whole thing sticks to the fruity-sweet aromas but also has slight notes of salt, Coast and also a light (fruit) acidity with it. You mix all of this into a sticky puree and then call it Clynelish :-D
    The alcohol is very well integrated, powerful but soft and dignified. That's the way it has to be. Dripping honey with some Turkish pastries can be found in the background, and some hay and mountain herbs can still be found quite hidden.

    taste
    This typical taste spreads powerfully in the mouth. The alcohol tickles a little, but is still well to very well integrated, it simply gives some strength that the 14er lacks something. The mineral-waxy side dominates the first sip, but not in a dirty, slightly sulphurous way as is often the case with a sherry barrel maturation from Clynelish, but here in the bourbon barrel variant more in the direction of candle making, beeswax and mineral-smelling chalk. The sweet aromas are also there, light bee honey, spicy vanilla oak, powdered sugar and sweet and sour apples. Here, too, the comparison to the 14 standard is very close, simply all a little better, a little more powerful and significantly more playful and complex. A dream, I don't know what else to say about it.
    On the finish, more oak spices, a slight bitterness and a little more wood and malt. Nevertheless, the sweet vanilla always plays a role, and all of this can be found in the background of the flavors described above.

    Exit
    Long and now a little warming in the throat and palate - although the alcohol is still well integrated here you can feel the power in the finish and a light breeze of menthol / mint sets in in the mouth. Otherwise it remains waxy and mineral, here too unmistakable and just delicious. I can't get out of the raving - until I remember that I only had one sample of this whisky and it is all the same. Damn!
    There is also a spicy oak finish, the years in the barrel show and complement the mineral aromas very well. The wax and chalk stick to the palate for a long time, and it tastes great like Clynelish for minutes.

    Conclusion
    Yes, that's how I really like Clynelish. I would immediately buy any bottle of this dream material and enjoy it. Fortunately, you get the light version with the standard 14, but it shows exactly that cask strength and a little more maturation can bring a lot more fun and is still worth the money. While you can enjoy the 14er quickly and easily, you get the experience of dealing with the dram, discovering a lot and enjoying similar but much more complex flavors.

    N-92, T-92, F-91 for excellent 92 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    The nose is well waxy with a freshness of meadow flowers. The mouth is very greedy and extremely easy on wax and honey. The texture is very nice. A slight bitterness makes its appearance in the long finish, which reveals hints of spice, cinnamon. A good typical Clynelish.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Photo Moderator

    Drinkable and somewhat enjoyable but not really great
    • Nose
      Malty, dry hay, honeydew, quinces, sea breeze, hints of green fruits
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, salty, hints of seaweed, little fruitiness
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm

  8. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Solid, typical and good, but nothing spectacular.
    He does not particularly like water, but it is rounder, but shallower and even more dry-oaky on the finish.
    • Nose
      Nice pure-fruity, the typical mirabelle and Reneclauden, with mango, paraffin, some salty tones and moss in the background.
    • Taste
      Start creamy-sweet, then comes some ginger, again the beautiful pure-red fruit from the nose. With more pear and apricot instead of mango. Gets drier and slightly sour.
    • Finish
      A little rough and peppery, briefly the fruit flashes again, but she is quickly gone. Short-medium. Ends on dry oak.

  9. Malinois scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at Infinity of Spirits 2017 7/16

  10. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

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