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
Red-orange label
Bottled for
Whiskyteca Edward & Edward - Salò Italy
Italy Italy
Added on
11 nov 2017 4:20 pm by Tigo

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 12-year-old

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.87 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Clearly one of the most complex whiskys I have tasted.
    So many imperfections that make it irresistible.

    • Nose
      94 94
      A peat so dirty that it is enjoyable.
      Dark chocolate, camphor, hay peat.
      A little stable air.
      Leather, shoe polish, molasses. Engine oil.
      A little lemon, lime. Melon, rhubarb.
      Burnt wood, light match, well cooked caramel. Wood wax.
      Vanilla custard, crème brûlée.
      Licorice, pepper, cloves. Camphor and light medicinal. Bandage. Tiger balm. Dust.

      It is superbly complex. The fruit is clearly set back at the beginning but emerges with aeration, just like the camphor.
    • Taste
      94 94
      In the mouth it is superbly sweet for 56.9%.
      We still have that dirty side, but more on the old workbench, the old books. Oil, engine, dust, metal tools.
      Always lime, and quince, orange, zest.
      Camphor, leather, undergrowth.
      Dark chocolate, cinnamon.
      The peat is there, oily, in the background.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Superb finish on cocoa, citrus, oily peat, old age. Always these old books, this oil.
      Clove, licorice, toasted almond.
      Old workbench, dust, smoke, burnt caramel.

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Wax, mineral notes, chalk, industrial notes, candied oranges, lemon drops, pineapple, probably just slightly less intense than its earlier siblings but brilliant nonetheless

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    No doubt, typical Clynelish, probably not quite up to the previous rotations 71 and 69 but still great!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Lots of minerals, stones, hay, limestone, tobacco, whiff of smoke, old books, little metallic hint, hint of OBE, little earthy, citric, almonds - great!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily, creamy, honey, good sweetness, spices, white pepper, minerals, stones, citric, lemon peel, hint of smoke and leather, little leafy - still great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, spicy, honey, minerals

  5. Seele scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    N has a dusty but moist, mineral, orange, cake, kerosene, wax, smoke, cinnamon, pepper, obvious old wine smell, iron
    The entrance is round, rich and even lively, cake, honey, peach, almond, smoke, spice
    F is very long, mainly spice, slightly sweet, peppercorns
    C Lively and strong wine body, rich and comfortable taste, very delicious
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cosmetics, chocolate powder, smokes, minerals, a perfect old highland style with smokes and farminess, whiffs of smoked almonds, mints, and old bottle effects.
    • Taste
      Leather, roasted walnuts, chocolate liqueur, dense smoke, quite sweet, more lemon leaves, oily crystalised fruits, liquid peat and cements.
    • Finish
      Long, banana cream, mints, smoked cocoa beans, Some mango or oranges.

  7. sphinx scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Valérie scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. aphex scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What a nose ! The highlight here. OBE and complexity. It needs time but I loved the mix of waxy, mineral, farmy and dirty peat notes and its evolution. Palate is in the continuity and simply moreish. The empty glass is mineral and coastal.
    A great old Clynelish.
    And I forgot to test with a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Vibrant. Waxy, mineral, farmy and peaty. Beeswax, saw dust, old leather, old books, polish. Earthy peat, tobacco, diesel oil, hay. Hints of medicinal notes (camphor, bandaid) and lemons.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Punchy, compact. Lots of wax and honey. Citrusy notes (oranges, lemons). Liquorice. Pine resin. The old dusty books from the nose. Engine oil and earthy peat in the background.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, earthy and drying.


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