Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 18/012
Added on
16 Apr 2018 9:34 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 148.00

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96 × member ratings

107 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 2005 GM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.37 points

  1. voodoochile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I never thought he was a Clynelish, because the typical notes are missing. Requires water, as it is very spicy in the beginning, I do not have a typical sherry taste either.
    With water, this is more recognizable, dried fruits, oak, but also slightly cellar muff in the nose. Tasty but unusual Clynelish.

  2. leeho scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Granny Smith, honey, pear, white pepper, vanilla, pineapple, hay, beeswax, freshly sawn pine and white grapes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pear, Granny Smith, black pepper, creme brulee, white and blue grape, pineapple, dark chocolate, honey, hay.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pear, Granny Smith, black pepper, vanilla, creme brulee, white and blue grape, pineapple, honey, hay, orange peel, dark chocolate and very waxy and tart at the end.

  4. claymore84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-04-2021.

  5. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. oakyflavours scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Wonderful buttery milk chocolate on the nose, but very spicy on first taste. With some water this opened up well, but really not what I was expecting from a Clynelish (not really waxy).

  7. Quercus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    If this was done blind, I would not have guessed that this was Clynelish, because there is no waxiness to be found whatsoever. Still, this came off much older and mature than the age would suggest. To be fully enjoyed I think a good dousing in water is needed however. Very enjoyable although atypical Clynelish.
    • Nose
      Smells much older than 12 years. A lot of old oak, pencil shavings, and dried figs. Astringent at this strength, varnish and dry parchment. With water: more savory, nutmeg and perhaps even cumin. Sweetness is emerging, with hints of caramel and candied ginger. Scotch mist is fully visible now, so we’re somewhere around 40-44% ABV. The nose is quite perfumed and savory. Candied apples and pears, poached peaches – all sprinkled with saw dust and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Arrives juicy-sour, with rhubarb, gooseberries, and water melon rind. Slightly tannic, but without turning dry. Menthol most definitely as well. With water: less acidic, but still tart – the rhubarb is slightly bitter, burned caramel, maybe even over-brewed black tea with mint.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. The balance between savory and sour is quite pleasant now. Good length, with mentholated oak and minted black tea. Perhaps even a few sprinkles of cocoa.

  10. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottler's tasting notes:
    Aroma: Rich and layered: sweet brown sugar and candied cherries combine with dried fruit and nutmeg. With time fragrant orange blossom and ripe citrus highlights.
    Taste: Intriguingly complex with smooth warming ginger, milk chocolate. Touches of baked plum develop over time into orange marmalade and mature forest fruits.
    Finish: Medium to long with a lingering lime zest edge.


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