Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Local Dealer Selection
Stated Age
21 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Dec 2017 3:08 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 239.00

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176 × member ratings

231 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 SV

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.72 points

  1. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I like it really well!
    • Nose
      Mirabelles, raisins, oranges, fruity-sweet, where is the alcohol? Spring blossom honey, leather, furniture polish, nutmeg, delicate notes of menthol, vanilla, herbs, warm apple pie, decent mature forest soil, with citrus fruits and lemon sorbet.
    • Taste
      Spicy, nutmeg, black pepper, tart orange marmalade, dark chocolate, leather, more red fruit than the nose suggests, wild berries, salty, roasted walnuts, ginger sweets, honey, waxy-oily mouthfeel, great and well balanced, an interplay between tart and sweet notes, between nut and fruit! Class!
    • Finish
      Long and pleasant warming! Leather, dark chocolate, walnuts and coffee again. Add ginger and black pepper. The roasted, salty walnuts last the longest.

  2. Nosingbär scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    93/100. A toppaint that reliably pervades its sweet, fruity pampering program from the nose to the long finish and whets up the experience with honey and barrel flavor. Provided by 1.5 teaspoons of water on 2cl Clynelish.
    • Nose
      without water : very sweet, very fruity. A mix of red berries, blood oranges, plum jam, candied cherries and caramel. with water : the fruits become tingling acidic, the Malt is on the move. When he sits down, a complex, sweet, flowery fruit reigns. Blood oranges, melons, fruity flower nectar ... in the background dark chocolate. Sweet caramel is now allowed to move forward again. It takes a long, deep breath to bump into the back of the barrel wall, where you can find liquorice, overripe dark fruits, sweet honey, malt and more of the dark chocolate. Some cinnamon, pepper.
    • Taste
      without water : sour, red berries, oranges, sour, red forest berries such as sloes and dirndls, caramel, slightly flowery. Cherries! with water : sour, sweet, thick start. Then mint rises in the nose, cherries. A mix of red berries, with unique blackberries, stand out from the background. The oranges from the nose I do not think makes nothing. Cassis, honey. A mouthfeel like hot fruit nectar, nice voluminous, but not yet syrup.
    • Finish
      Cherries, minty, fruity-sour-spicy blackberries, here again blood oranges. On fading fruity flowery and still blood orange.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose - awesome - a Glendronach revival with extra orange, mountains honey and Wick colds balm - on the palate, he can not hold the level for me To be honest, I do not like the design at all - it does not fit the price range - then rather yellowed paper
    • Nose
      warmed it brings an extremely honey sweet, oily nose, dried dates, dried cherries, raisins and figs with a little orange and citrus, mint, methol, eucalyptus, blooming thyme, rosemary, bright freshly split oak wood and a hint of wax - especially the fruit and Herbal notes are on the move - they wave up and down and alternate in dominance
    • Taste
      On the palate, slightly alcoholic on the tongue, oak with mint, some salt, mineral, in the background the spicy sweet dried fruit from the nose, warms and cools and the salty sweetness is very mouthwash - it adds a subtle bitterness that gives nice volume - however I'm missing something here - behind the superficial taste I lack depth, probably. Also covers the salt note a bit
    • Finish
      warm, fruity, slightly dry, minimal waxing comes out here, leather, a lot of light oak - pepper, tingling with a delicate sweet-sour note - menthol remains eternally on the tongue

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Can't say anything against - especially not if you like Clynelish and / or flawless sherry barrel ripening.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nice rich mid-nineties Oloroso sherry nose. Comparisons to Glendronach are inevitable, only that there are also beautiful beeswax and filigree floral aromas that make the whole thing a little more interesting and playful. I also think I can perceive a slight maritime saltiness - however, I cannot decide whether this is really due to the distillery-like character of the coastal area or simply because of the umami-heavyness of the sherry barrel maturation. Otherwise: all sorts of leaves and bushes, great sweet berry fruit, deep dark forest honey, delicate herbality, leather, maggi, a hint of smoke. A subtle hint of marzipan makes me suspect American oak, but the wood is otherwise rather reserved in the nose; definitely doesn't look too fresh or pushy. Nice thing, maybe a little straightforward, but also pretty flawless.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Yeah, that's a board. If you are looking for a sherry malt with lots of booms, but also a good age and enough facets, you will find it here. Extremely thick, juicy, full of character, spicy. At the back, the salt that is only hinted at in the nose is actually clearly noticeable. The style is a bit in the direction of Parliament, but is drier, more bitter and less "sticky". Drink well without water. I also think it's nice that you can still notice the Clynelish DNA: it fits perfectly after a warm-up glass from the 14th OA. For a 91 rating, with which I have already flirted here, I only lack a little more complexity or a slightly more oily mouthfeel. But that's really high level whining.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Nuts, honey, espresso, sea salt. Towards the end it gets drier and drier. You shouldn't have left it in the barrel for much longer, but it still fits wonderfully.

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Hallelujah, what a complex and multi-layered drop. The nose is really impressive, I could smell it for hours! In terms of taste, this malt impresses with its interplay of sweet and tart components. Powerful yet creamy and harmoniously balanced with a pleasant basic sharpness, this malt is really fun. Great part, I like it very much! Why did not I buy another bottle of it back then?

    24/23/23/23 (93P)
    • Nose
      Amber shines mysteriously in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall syrupy drops lash their long paths back into the glass. Just this sight makes my heart beat faster. The first impression captivates with a fine and very fragrant leather note in combination with dark orange and juicy raisins. Velvety and creamy, caramel and forest honey are added, a touch of ripe peach and vanilla rises. Appearances of sour cherries, citrus fruits and fresh peppermint penetrate through the fine leather note, the nose becomes fruity, sweeter and at the same time fresher and clearer. The leather is intensified again, dates and sweet Vollmichschokolade come out discreetly. My salivation is extremely stimulated at the moment, I suddenly feel a great desire for the first sip ...
    • Taste
      Spicy and powerful, the first sip flows over the tongue. Sour cherries and dark caramel mix with spicy wood tones, from the throat creeps a slightly tickling sharpness over the tongue until it finally arrived at the tip of the tongue. Old and dry leather mixes with dried tobacco leaves, tart wood elements rest powerfully on the tongue. A pinch of freshly brewed espresso and dark dark chocolate emit their intense and tart fragrance. Dark walnuts and wet leaves rest at the back of the palate, a slightly mellow freshness passes through the mouth. The second sip is initially very tart and spicy, black pepper creeps over the tongue again and eventually spreads in the entire palate and between the lips. Dark caramel and sour cherries play together, dried raisins and berries give the taste a slight sweetness.
    • Finish
      Warming and with an incredible complexity and volume, the taste goes into the reverberation. Tobacco, leather, walnuts, tart wood tones, dark chocolate and light coffee scent exude their slightly bitter aroma for a very long time, with this fresh peppermint note in the background again. Creamy, my saliva is stimulated again, hopefully this finish never ends!

  6. token scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    this is my personal favorite of the local dealer series. has a lot of character with and without water a pleasure. chocolate, cocoa, caffee everything in it. urgent purchase recommendation. I've tried much more expensive ones that were a lot worse.

  7. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great. Tasty and intense. I am really excited. Both with and without water. 89 points.
    • Nose
      Fruit basket. Apple, apricot and orange. An aromatic oak cargo is immediately included. Fruit and wood present themselves unbelievably full, intense and absolutely equal. Honey has a great sweetness. The nose is vinous and smooth. Nothing stings, nothing is penetrative. The spice of the oak slowly takes the lead. Rosemary is there.

      Water: The oak declines somewhat and fruits become more intense, ripe and sweeter.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and fruity. The oak is a few seconds away. Then she spices up. Baked apple is in the mouth and the oak provides a pleasant tingle. Pipe tobacco appears in the taste.

      Water: sweeter, creamier. Forest honey, after a few seconds the oak comes through discreetly.
    • Finish
      Medium length and spicy with honey and apple.

  8. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft, round, full. Nut butter, dried apricots, orange marmalade. Vanilla ice cream with maple syrup and walnuts. Yellow plums, raspberries. Wild mint, damp forest soil, moss, wet leaves and rotten wood. Leather, old library. Lakeside, reeds, salty lemons.
    • Taste
      Oily. Forest honey, caramel syrup, liquid candle wax, some pepper. Raspberries, peach, nougat cream. Leather, tobacco leaves, espresso, oak spice. Dry.

  9. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Together with the Glenlivet for me the highlight of the series. Enormously well balanced, the sherry and the maritime proportions complement each other perfectly. A nose and palate flatterer!
    • Nose
      Pure: flowery, gently fruity nose, mirabelle, quince, pear. With the always mentioned at Clynelish wax I find it difficult, but I find some salt and a light sea breeze. Later some leather and orange juice, freshly squeezed. Do not worry about those oppressive sherry notes you'd expect from the color. With water: the fruits are increasing, the leathery, woody-like is even more effective. With water: the fruits are increasing, autumn leaves, slightly musty.
    • Taste
      Pure: harsh fruity beginning, here now rather what is meant by a sherry barrel. Chocolate, fine dry, orange and raspberry. Very lightly salty and leathery. Complex and mature. With water: the fruit goes deeper, mango on rocket salad.
    • Finish
      forever, this leather note and the red fears remain sticking.

  10. aspa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The nose has strong rather dry sherry, but still a great sweet note. The alk is well integrated, the aromas are harmonious and very complex. Orange, vanilla, raisins and candied fruit. Slight mineral notes are also there, but only in the background together with a little forest honey and very light beeswax. Burnt almonds and caramel are also added.
    The same program in the mouth, but the mineral and waxy notes increase strongly. Great! In addition, some tart oak and slightly bitter chocolate. Otherwise, all elements from the smell. Complex, soft, good alcohol strength. Very tasty, the nose is great but could come from many distilleries, the taste is now clearly driven by the distillery character.
    The finish is long and has a very strong forest honey note with some mineral and bitter elements. Plus the sherry flavors.

    Super paints, I would like a bottle of it ...

    N-90, T-92, F-90, totally delicious 91 points
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90


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