Clynelish 2005 GM

Overall rating
87.31/100
votes
100
Whiskybase ID
WB111002
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
14.06.2005
Bottled
21.02.2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
308764
Number of bottles
518
Strength
55.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 18/012
Barcode
5020613066267
Added on
16 apr 2018 9:34 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 280.76

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 2005 GM

18 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.31 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Leaves me torn. The kind of dram that, while obviously flawed, you might perhaps still accept in a social situation as a straight-up sipper.
    • Nose
      82 82
      An atypical Clynelish, lacking waxiness and/or this fruity/candied/bubblegum character of younger bottlings. Very vibrant and fresh, yeasty-mashy, with perhaps a slight touch of sulphur and/or rubber. Licorice and red fruit, mint, and naturally cloudy apple juice. I don't mind this at all on the nose, though it's far from perfect.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Yup, that's sulphur alright. Rubber and geysir gas. Just enough sweetness and savory spice to keep it from going south completely, but not enough redeeming aspects to lift it above (my completely subjective this-is-pleasurable mark of) 80 points.
    • Finish
      78 78
      See above.

  2. K C Wong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. MaltHaus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Candied, caramelised ripe apples, old and soft wood, young gingers, timber logs. With water: distinctive pungent fragrance and a warm slightly sweetness, cinnamon-clove-vanilla bouquet of orientals spices.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fig taste on arrival. Green apples, green mangoes, cranberries, guavas and hints of lemon and lime. Drops of water brings out combination of a lovely, sourish, sweet, tart fruit.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. Fruitiness continue to linger, gazing spices. The sweetness, spices and sourish all clicks together and bring out the harmonius of this distillate.

  4. leeho scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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.

  6. claymore84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-04-2021.

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

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

  8. 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).

  9. Quercus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  10. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  15. steinrich scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Ferol28 scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Even though there are totally misunderstood members like "whiskycu", this is a super dram. Has nothing to do with marketing and creating a hype.
    • Nose
      Intensive sherry oak, raisins, toffee, honey. But also ritch in citrus fruits, dark fruits, blood oranges, plums, figs, vanilla, some sweetness - I could sniff this forever.
    • Taste
      Oily, and then the punchy full blown sherry oak, first dry and then subtle sweet, notes toffee and coffee, the dark fruits againFinishLong and intensive - still punchy and burning - a tad bitter in the end from the oak wood but there is also still some sweetness around that neutralizes it pretty much
    • Finish
      The palate is fully bodied and punchy. There is a long finish with a subtle sweetness.

  18. hansverkerk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This one wil be  really hard to find in the near future.
    • Nose
      fresh, rich, fruity, pears, honey dew, tropical fruits, pineapples, mangos, passion fruit, citrusy, green apples, and much more -, int of coffee and that special whiff of dusty old cupboard really complex and fantastic nose.
    • Taste
      A perfect balance of sherry and oak with a plethora of fruit and spice flavours.  
    • Finish
      Long and intensive - still punchy and burning.  There is a long finish with a subtle sweetness

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