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Overall rating
89.18/100
votes
147
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Daily Dram (DD)
Bottling serie
The Nectar of the Daily Drams
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Sherry
Strength
56.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L18/420
Barcode
2100000152360
Added on
15 Sep 2018 7:49 am by Didiervdb
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.95

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162 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1995 DD

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.18 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Honey and wax, cooked fruits. Woody certainly, but caressing.
    On the palate, generous spices, well tempered by sherry. The spices extend into the finish with fruits and cinnamon that stands out.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

    Whisky n ° 1876

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    DD quality assurance made in belgium?
    • Nose
      wax plus licorice
      herbaceous and smoky
      stewed fruit (peach, grapes, apricots cooked on the fire)
      roasted cocoa
    • Taste
      a herbaceous side, then the creamy wax, liquorice aroma, then the typical smoke spring
      the slightly maderized fruits, rather spicy spices
      return iodized and cold ashes, with the same fruits (mandarin, lemon, peach well cooked)
    • Finish
      long, fine, it is at the same time on desiccated herbs, a little dusty and smoked, and the cold ashes, return sherry more pronounced and caramelized at this time and the wax

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Unrecognizable

    Single casks that are released by Belgian importer The Nectar can be bought blind. They release nothing but gems. This beautiful Clynelish on sherry – from the magical year 1995 – is no exception. Read on and hope you can still find a bottle.

    Deep sherry on the powerful nose: raisins, plums, mildly rotting oranges, blackberries, cassis, cuberdons and strawberry jam. And all of this is underpinned by furniture polish, chewing tobacco, beef jerky and new leather saddlebags for your Harley. This is a note of struck match, but luckily it does not dominate. Wonderful, to be sure, but it has to be said: Clynelish has become totally unrecognizable because of the cask influence.

    The palate leaves nothing to be desired – if you are expecting a sherry matured bomb, that is. Wonderfully spicy on nutmeg and cloves with a hint of cinnamon. Again lots of cassis and blackberries, four-fruit-marmalade, chocolate and leather. Tobacco and plums kick in midplate. Towards the end, that is overtaken by cold coffee, roasted almonds, chocolate and very drying notes from the oak. But honestly: this Clynelish remains totally incognito.

    The finish is quasi long. Mostly dark and sweet fruit and nutmeg linger, but at the end of the party your mouth is completely dry.

    Sure, 250 EUR is not cheap. But what a whisky! A veritable sherry bomb. But don’t forget: it’s impossible (for me at least) to recognize Clynelish in this. Who cares when it’s this good? Thx, Manny!

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tried this side by side with another 1995 sherried Clynelish:

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/137249/1995-jwc
    • Nose
      86 86
      More closed compared to the Single Cask Nation from JWC. Not as fruity or smoky... minus a few points.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Another sweet, sherry-driven Clynelish. I've been seeing these indies a lot in the past year or so. Herbs, dark cherries, Ricola cough candies. Overwhelms the distillate. No way to tell this is a Clynelish at all, other than the fact that it's got a certain viscosity and coats the mouth (I wouldn't call this quality waxiness though because the usual clynelish "waxiness" refers to both the viscosity and the actual candle-like, subtly perfumed flavors, which are not obvious here, likely obscured by sherry).
    • Finish
      88 88
      Bitter cherries, molasses, and licorice.

      The Clynelish distillate is one of the more enjoyable ones out there in whiskydom. In fact, I've never had a bad Clynelish as far as I can remember. This is not a bad Clynelish by all means, but I sometimes wonder if it wouldn't be so bad to mature this in some tired old cask for 20-something years instead of a heavily sherried cask.

  5. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    [Festival note, take with a grain of salt] It's been a long while since I wish a sherried Clynelish would convince me and it had been clear to me that this combination had been creating more failures than miracles in the past. My mind is now changed, and just for that, it deserves 90 points. Superb selection !
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very original ! Fresh goat cheese and mascarpone, then some numerous forestian scents with mushrooms, mostly. A certain grenadine sweetness later on, but rather austere. No sulfur to be found, good news !
    • Taste
      91 91
      Daaamn that's good. The waxiness and typical Clynelish refinement have miraculously survived the sherry, which simply coats this usual distillate's character with fine woodiness, overdone strawberries and raspeberries. The high proof works very, very well here.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Takes all what I've mentioned before and blends it for the best, with these quite austere an tertiary forestian notes on the one hand and the strawberries on the other. Very good.

  6. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Full review here :
    https://tastingbros.com/2020/11/04/some-good-dds-like-back-in-the-days/

  7. Lakerfield scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Clynelish on sherry can either be hit or miss. This one falls in the former category by a mile. Beautiful mature and intense Oloroso sherry notes, without being over-sherried. Not directly recognizable as a Clynelish though, it has some of that but the cask takes the upper hand. So maybe not one for lovers of the raw distillate profile. I for sure love it and I wouldn't mind having a bottle or two of this stuff!

    Based on a sample.
    • Nose
      Starts off with dried fruits and a leathery, tobacco-forward sherry influence. Oldskool sherry as they call it, and I love it. Orange, maraschino cherry, ripe banana, raisin, fig, guava and grilled pineapple. Then dark chocolate, salted caramel, green winegum, marzipan, jaffa cake and honey for the sweetness. Some Nutella comes in too. Further on wax, walnut, pepper, tobacco and a little balsamic vinegar. Besides the wax and honey there aren't many other clear Clynelish markers in here. But boy this has been a great sherry cask!
    • Taste
      For its strength it has a soft arrival, until the dry elements set in. Builds further on what the nose has created. Starting off with orange peel, citrus, raisin, apricot, cherry, ripe banana and guava. Then we go to assorted chocolate, treacle, jaffa cake and sour cream. Then walnut, roast coffee bean, tobacco, leather, balsamic vinegar, oak and varnish too. What a dram, one of the better sherried whiskies I've had this year. For sure on par with a good single cask Glendronach.
    • Finish
      Long lasting, with tangerine, orange, dark chocolate, caramel salt and pepper.

  8. red71 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Saika scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    It needs time to open up,

    to get a 86 score.

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The sherry overpowers a bit the distillate as the waxiness is very muted but the sherry feels very old style with varnish tobacco leather, the purists might not enjoy it but I did!

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