Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Calculated age
19 years old
1st Fill American Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
27/06/17 171024
Bottled for
Germany At Cask Strength
Added on
21 Sep 2017 9:26 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 114.07

13 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

48 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 GM

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.95 points

  1. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a distillery visit in the glass. Very unusual and delicious!
    • Nose
      Mineral notes of citrus, sour, then a smell as if you would sniff in a washback, so a sour tart note, with time passes easily through vanilla, grapefruit skin
    • Taste
      Sweet grapefruit, again slightly sour and sparkling, mineral, nice bite
    • Finish
      Pleasant finish, sweet without dryness, beautiful warmth, again citrus fruits

  2. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This Clynlish isn't what I would expect from a 1st Fill American Hogshead. There is what you would expect from a Clynelish but in a very moderate way. There isn't to much wood power in here. In my opinion a very poor cask. The malt is getting more tropical fruits by adding some water and get's very cloudy.Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Mustard barley, citrus fruits, green apples, vanilla, pineapple, unripe yellow fruits, honey, hay covered with sugar.
    • Taste
      Oily mustard barley, creamy and sweet citrus fruits, sparkling pineapple, fresh oak, salt, bitter.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. Salt and citrus fruits. 

  3. Gloin did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The smell pleases when you give it the time to develop. However, he demands a bit of patience and research spirit, because the impressions are sometimes subtle and so intertwined that it is difficult to recognize individual flavors.
    In the mouth, I feel the alcohol a little too strong before the whisky plays out its strengths, because what follows after the initial sharpness, rewards with intensity and diverse delicious flavors.
    In the finish, the whisky shows its full quality, leaving little to be desired.
    I like the whisky very much, even if I wish that the smell was a little less shy and the alcohol better integrated.
    • Nose
      In the first impression, the Clynelish shows very closed, so I give him a little more time first.
      After a while it gets better, but there are no flavors that immediately "jump" towards you. Everything is densely packed and gives a complex, not easy to decipher, but also somewhat restrained aromas potpourri: yellow apples, quince, sorrel, vanilla, behind coniferous needles, sawdust, a light citrus note
    • Taste
      Cool, strong start, clear tingling on the tongue, the alcohol is felt. After a moment, the pungency subsides, leaving room for tart lemon, a grubby apple, some tangerine, vanilla, slight bitterness, little sweetness, and the association of a trace of salt
      In the second sip I got used to the alcohol and what remains is enjoyment.
    • Finish
      Classic whisky notes with wood, light bitterness, but also malt sweetness, a reminder of the sour fruit notes remains, the finish is pleasantly long

  4. DocF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: Yellow Gold - quite turbid with water

    Also no epitome of Clynelish, significant wood influence (less would have liked me better), a different style than the '83er, but full and intense from nose to finish
    • Nose
      Poppy seeds, beeswax and orange peel. With water: mango, mustard seed, beeswax and passion fruit. Freshly sawn oak wood.
    • Taste
      Pungent and alcoholic, tropical fruits, a little vanilla. Too many turns for my taste. With water: spicy, oily, parsley, dry oatmeal, dandelion honey, olive oil, passion fruit. In the background wet pebbles.
    • Finish
      Passion fruit, lime, apple juice, beeswax, rape blossom. Latte, tree juice.

  5. domani scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Dieser Clynelisch hat eine angenehme Nase. Im Geschmack, evtl. auch bedingt durch die Tagesform, äußerst kraftvoll. Der Alkohol hätte besser eingebunden sein können. Am Gaumen bleiben viele Aromen verborgen. Leider nicht ganz gelungen in meinen Augen - 06.04.2018
    • Nose
      Süß, Honig, Vanille, Cerealien, Crunchy-nuts, geröstetes Malz, Stroh Wallnuss, Zitrusfrüchte, Granny Smith, Ananas, Banane, modrig- nasses Holzig, seifig, Wachs, im Hintergrund schwebt eine leicht alkoholische Note die auch nach längerer Zeit nicht weichen will  
    • Taste
      Kühlend und süß, Tanine, kraftvoll, feuriger Chili, die Eiche drückt ordentlich aber relativ kurz für 19 Jahre, Bitterkeit, Zitronenschale, Kiefer, zum Ende verbleibt ein seifiges Aroma, kaum vorhanden, flacht sehr schnell ab ohne die zuvor angedeuteten Fruchtaromen preiszugeben
    • Finish

  6. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison with https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/99739/springbank-2002 Both distilleries have an almost unmistakable character for me. The jumper is earthy, dirty and stormy. The Clynelish is finer, more filigree and a little more elegant. Whether the candle wax is? Wait ... I'm just smelling a candle ... Nope, for me this is not a candle wax. No idea what it is, but for me it is not wax ...
    In the nose, the Clynelish shows me more his Brennereicharakter. The jumper is; at least in the nose; rather interchangeable. Clear point for the Clynelish ...
    The Clynelish is very full-bodied and mouthwashing in the taste. Again, he shows his typical character. At first, the jumper is rather reserved in taste, but after a bit of time caramel and fudge get through. For me the type of oak is missing, that I like so much else. In taste, the malts are almost at eye level, for me, the Clynelish wins but again for a breath.
    The finish of the Clynelish is medium long and gives me a tick to citrus-fruity with a fair amount of pale wood. When Springer comes in the finish finally what I like the malts from the distillery so. It is wild, dirty and beautiful woody. Unfortunately, he gets a bit too bitter towards the end. Here are both on the same level.
    For sure, both are delicious, but somehow I expected more. Both were potential buyers for me. Good that I have ever got a sample before

  7. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    fruity Highlander Caution with water, it oxidizes very fast
    • Nose
      87 87
      green apples, blossom honey, salty, mineral, fresh white bread, canned pineapple
    • Taste
      88 88
      salted honeydew melon, rennekloden, even with water it remains peppery - in the back a little bitter, dry and clear tannins from the oak barrel
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, dry and a lot of wood

  9. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90


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