Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Oil be drammed
Stated Age
13 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Dec 2017 2:15 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 77,27

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 2004 SMWS 26.120

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.44 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful Clynelish with an unusual start and a lot of (pleasant) oak on the tongue.
    • Nose
      The first thing is missing a bit the waxy, one is used to a Clynelish. But then it settles in slowly, the waxy. Add vanilla, as in vanilla crescents. Maritime note comes to it, slightly salty, a hint of smoke, but always fruity and fresh, with apricots and peaches.
    • Taste
      Spicy and strong, lots of wood, licorice in the distance. Apricot mousse, mango chutney. The oak is present and distinct, but very pleasant in combination with the apricots and chutney. More dry than oily. Later, chocolate notes and leather are added.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, oaky, old leather. Still a touch of fruit, but dry oak dominates.

  2. theograph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fresh, tropical and with vanilla ice-cream, menthol. Waxy, extremely waxy with water.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, perfume notes, lemon, wax, yellow fruits, tropical fruits, sugar, rum notes, bamboo juice, salty notes.
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, rummy, salty, oak, citrus, green accents, vanilla, menthol, icing sugar.
    • Finish
      Fresh, menthol, sweet, vanilla ice cream, oak, wax.

  3. Mascht scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    a great Clynelish with lots of character but also with a few rough edges, with water oily and round
    • Nose
      88 88
      heavy sweetness, cereals, paraffin, vanilla, lilac, wood glue, lemons, mustard seeds
    • Taste
      88 88
      intense, mouth-filling, waxy, spicy oak, licorice, lemon tart, apricot jam, furniture polish
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, dry and fruity, it remains tender bit oak, lemon and some camphor

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    very nice
    • Nose
      Yellow fruit basket, mirabelle plums, vanilla, canned peach - after a longer service life, it becomes spicier, oakier, but also more grainy, breadier - with salty herbs added
    • Taste
      oriental spices, apricot / yellow plum chutney, clear wood notes
    • Finish
      dry, spicy, medium long

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Peach oil meets coast: not the most typical Clynelish, but not at all uninteresting, even if the wow effect is missing somehow: is that supposed to be a Clynelish? In large parts, it reminds me more of (well-made) Austrian schnapps.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Immediately comes a pretty perfumed surge of peach aroma, apricot liqueur is also included and a spicy-lemony note. It gets creamier later, but where's the Brora candle wax?
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth a lot more oily, with gummy bears and again and again this slightly artificially perfumed, as you know it from Irish ex-Bourbonmalts. Supple and sparkling, quite elegant to name, only not particularly deep.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The gummy bear and peach mixture remains subtle for a while before the whole thing ends gently and mildly acidic.

  7. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    CASK No. 26.120

    Perfumed aromas of scented candles danced with elderflower fizz and lemon sherbet with the sweetness of candyfloss and creamy vanilla. The oily nature continued onto the palate with a waxy and viscous mouthfeel that combined the stickiness of treacle tart with desiccated coconut and the mineralic edge of chalk rocks and limestone. Water moved the aromas through herb fields of tarragon and thyme with dry orange peel and the citric earthiness of pine needles on a forest floor. Butter croissants filled with marzipan steered us towards a finish of fresh ginger and brandy snaps with green wood tannins giving structure.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    N: This needed plenty of water and plenty more time [60 mins+], as it’s thoroughly resinous, robust and locked in at first sight. Lighter fruits come through initially with a peppery mineral edge and a suggestion of Monster Munch - you know which flavour, the best. Later we’ve vanilla dunnage, grass/hay and light & sweet lemon - somewhat Littlemill-y. Really though, not a great deal here.
    T: Forget it neat. Diluted, we’ve a winey oily Speysider moving towards a grain-vanilla linseed direction. Woody vanillin all the way through. Later, more creamy dunnage and another salute to Littlemill.
    F: Resinous linseed/putty and the inevitable vanilla. Finishes warmly on chocolate caramel with some plasticine, salad leaf & popadom notes at the death.
    C: Overall, sweet, light & good/simple. Whilst not very Clynelish-y there are so so many examples of this type of whisky from the SMWS.Scores a C+


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