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Overall rating
89.30/100
votes
166
Whiskybase ID
WB117717
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

€ 215.55

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1995 DD

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.30 points

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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

  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. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Intense aromas that leave a lasting impression on the taste buds. In the finish you can tell the age most clearly. It's just a shame that nothing really remains of the distillery character.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rum, plum and apricot compote with a vanilla and cinnamon stick in it - delicious! Behind it tart, spicy heather honey and a bit of coastal freshness on a damp day.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The intense sherry fruits take over the palate and tongue, then mix with clear notes of lovage and a pinch of clove oil - an interesting combination of sweet and piquant.
    • Finish
      89 89
      It dries quickly and is slightly peppery, with dried apricots and figs. With tannins it stays on the tongue for a long time and leaves a film of honey and oil.

  6. ldcsh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Honey, Woody, Sherry, Citrus..
    This dram was so amazing whisky.
    I could feel various aroma each time.
    30ml @ MINU's Bar in Korea.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    While undeniably a fine whisky, I'm still not convinced by the Clynelish and sherry maturation combo.
    • Nose
      Lots of dry-ish sherry notes with a whisper of sulphur. Hints of furniture polish, lots of raisins and whispers of mushrooms and cocoa powder as well. Great moldy, dunnage warehouse quality. There are also more voluptuous, syrupy, almost candy-esque red fruit notes, off-setting some of the drier influences.
    • Taste
      There is a slight waxiness, but the classic Clynelish elements struggle to survive the sherry influence. Quite spicy, cloves and nutmeg, followed by strawberry marmalade and hints of orange. Quite intense though, don't be afraid to add water. It brings out dark chocolate and pralines.
    • Finish
      Whiffs or citrus fruits. Pretty long.

  8. 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.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    The leathery note on the nose was not very promising at first but it was completely gone on the palate and it developed into a very balanced and well matured sherry whisky at its best, so this is one more of the great sherried Clynelish from 1995, another winner - very good!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried fruits, dates, figs, plums, little nutty, spices, nutmeg, little cinnamon, cloves, hints of leather, shoe polish, deep sherry wood - not bad
    • Taste
      93 93
      Little punchy, oily, liquorice, subtle sweetness, dried fruits, menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, good sherry wood, some cooked oranges, spices, little nutty, new wooden cabinet, pepper, little chocolate and toffee - great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, spicy, more sherry wood and cooked ornages, chocolate, not drying

  10. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Nose: a little too alcoholic, distantly you can feel the sherry and a moist wax and a hint of wet earth, on the palate it is a little better, round, oily, a distant hint of dark chocolate, still the sherry, the typical side waxy from the distillery, lemon zest. Persistent and alcoholic finish, again the wax, cherries in alcohol, lime. With two drops of water even better, even more waxy, more oily, vanilla, shortcrust pastry, clynelish style custard.
    As usual, clynelish is a granite certainty and synonymous with quality

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