Clynelish 1995 DD

Overall rating
89.31/100
votes
190
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

46 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.31 points.

  1. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. leeho scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  4. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. stalker1971 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Another nice selection of Daily Drams (although I think I would rather prefer the 95 DD of 2019 than the 2018).
    • Nose
      Very waxy, slightly grassy nose, slightly rancid fruits and light dust.
    • Taste
      Very typical Clynelish mouth with big wax, which the sherry does not crush at all.
    • Finish
      Chocolatey, earthy finish, spicy leather. A little cinnamon.

  8. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  11. GJR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. -sAxo- scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Dried Orange Peel, Pomelo, Cinnamon, Tobacco, Carbon Paper, Old books hide at library corner, soft Sulphury.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, mushroom, coconut candy that wraps with transparent color paper.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, caramel candy, coconut candy, minty, wet cupboard.

  13. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. g2ther scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Lakerfield scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  19. red71 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Saika scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    It needs time to open up,

    to get a 86 score.

  21. 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!

  22. mer1973 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  23. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  24. 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!

  25. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice sherry whisky, well balanced, smooth, does not strike with a wide palette, but what is presented, everything is in place, worthy and of high quality.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, old furniture, cigar box, herbarium, earthy notes, burnt caramel, floral and cognac shades.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, sweet-woody, varnish notes, raisins, burnt caramel, dark beer, prunes, cola, chocolate.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, raisins, eucalyptus, prunes, cola, coffee, dark chocolate.

  26. sakis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Teresa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  31. Steven79 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. M134481 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Burned, honey, citrus, sherry, leather, vanilla, mowed grass and green apple.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoky, sherry, wax-like, vanilla, green apple, citrus, peppery, honey, lots of spices, leather as it smells, wood, red fruit (that reminds me of the Singleton Tailfire),
    • Finish
      88 88
      Fruity, grbrand, wax-like, spicy, wood, red fruit, citrus fruit, peppery, smoky and sherry,

  33. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. Rien scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. EJS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  37. Malinois scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    After pouring: 20 min rest because of being to sherry for me. After that, 5% less sherried on the nose.
    First impression after 3 sips: to sherried! With the 4th sip, the Clynelish spirit came a bit trough in the initial finish with the sherry. Which is quite nice.
    The nose and palet were still to sherried.
    A story short: added 4x water to it and it became a bit better. (Normally I don't use water, only in case with the powerful sherried whisky's). My scores are after adding this. Initial the score would be 86. But because of multiple times water adding, the spirit rises trough the ashes (most of the time) like the points.

    I don't know if I would buy a bottle, it was hard work to get the best of it! (1st I ever added 4x water I think)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Cooked fruits, sweet, some orange style fruit twist to it
    • Taste
      89 89
      Same as the nose, after adding 4 times water: the overpowering sherry collapses and there's a balance between the spirit and sherry
    • Finish
      88 88
      Initial spirit driven en afterwards only sherry, quite drying

  38. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. 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.

  40. mitcheltjes scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

  41. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  42. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  43. 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.

  44. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. 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

  46. wisekyofcourse 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

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