Clynelish 1996 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
22 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
6521 (part)
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
1st Anniversary of Fassstark.de
de Germany
Added on
25 Nov 2018 9:32 am by old-smokey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 230.00

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 SV

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    So this filthiness is very appealing to me, but he is a bit too easy-going and one-dimensional for a 90s rating. However, it is this combination that has just moved me to order two bottles, you can also chop in between times and the price-performance ratio fits.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Blood oranges, an idea sulfur, beeswax and sherry right at the front. Longevity brings first of all lots of beeswax and clear barrel acid. The citrus notes are now interwoven with caramel and honey. From time to time, the alcohol prances about it, furniture polish, damp forest floor and leather are present in traces, actually it looks less complex and rather straightforward, even if sometimes flash other flavors very briefly, such. Fresh, slightly sour berries or sometimes a little sweat. That's always very short, as soon as you want to grab it, it's gone again. The sulfur provides a pleasant "dirtiness". He can not heat off so well, the spectrum is then compressed to honey, tartaric acid and menthol in a little flattering way.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the mouth it is nice and strong with a balanced mix of honey and spice, in addition to this sulfuric filthiness. However, you are looking for fruitiness in vain. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, towards the back the oak becomes relatively massive and also slightly astringent.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is quite long, honey and oak hold here the balance. It warms the chest area pleasantly.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    voluminous and beautifully finished
    • Nose
      dried small dark raisins
      Forest soil and moist herbs
      old walls creak the wooden floorboards, dirt and dust have settled in the cracks
      you're firing a match
      in the short glimpse you recognize the table
      Jars with dried sherry
      dry chocolate crumbs
      the flowers in the vase are withered
      someone had set the soup plates aside
      the remains of the broth are dried
      an unfinished story
      Your mouth opens
    • Taste
      soft and fruity sweet he arrives
      tingles on your tongue
      makes them glow
      it tastes like chocolate wood with drops of spicy sherry
      dresses your whole mouth with it
      You think of the soup plates with the dried broth
      sweet and dark fruit
      Wood and chocolate
      smoky, peppery
      he occupies your mouth
    • Finish
      spicy, barrel notes
      At the end your mouth will be wet

  3. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Chocolate, sherry, berry fruit on damp forest soil and a hint of tobacco rise into the nose.
      Earthy-mineral. Yes, also sulfurous. But I do not feel that as a false mark. Rather, it underlines the overall dirty-dark character.
      Brown sugar, again fruits and molasses, saddle leather. Getting sweeter. The alcohol is there, but does not bother, but rather adds a dash of menthol.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy-oily and heavy on the tongue. The alcohol occurs clearly. Heavy, dark sherry. Fruit, forest soil. Now astringent. Leather, espresso, men's chocolate. Again, sulfur. Significantly tarter than in the nose. Salt licorice. Tannins. The barrel seems to dominate. The fruit recedes behind the notes of age. Now also maritime hints: sea air, Tang.

      With some water:
      A little more mint, more fruit. Coffee powder, ginger and orange zest in honey.
      Slightly spicy on the palate, still ripe with licorice and neat oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      There are oak, espresso, leather and the memory of red fruits as well as some candied orange.
      Long, rather dry finish. Pleasantly strong, ripe and slightly dry.

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For me a complicated malt, freshly uncorked wants to breathe in the bottle for a few days, especially on the palate it has undergone a very positive change for me during this time. I had it in my glass regularly for the last week because I couldn't come to a clear conclusion for myself. In the end I had to buy a few more bottles because it combines nice, rich, creamy, flattering refill sherry with "sulphurous" flavors that I like very much in Bunnahabhain Wy Viceroy Elixir and Deanston 20 and combines that with its own style at a moderate price.

    // --- obsolete notes from the freshly uncorked malt
    First impression: I like it, the nose is very mild (no alcohol noticeable) and waxy with little acid, looks like a very valuable refill (I think that is very positive) - very chocolatey on the palate, very tasty (which I personally don't really like) very easy to drink without water. full notes only when the bottle has got more air --- //
    • Nose
      92 92
      Berry pulp of raspberries, blackberries and black cherries, a little plum, balanced sweet and sour level with baking cocoa and nougat - harmonious, cultivated, orange oil, tobacco, a dash of amaretto, dark wood dust soaked in wood care oil, furniture polish and wax, and pleasantly musty cellar notes

      Every now and then a little "firing range scent" wafts over - gunpowder vapor, burnt gun oil, a touch of rancid vegetable oil, machine oil and a metallic sulfur compound that makes me think of pomegranate and rust,
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet and sourly fruity with direct Christmas mulled wine associations plus gingerbread, pleasant, intense dark chocolate, cherry jam, fine wax notes tied to oil-soaked tropical wood - if you put too much in your mouth or chew too intensely - it seems slightly soapy, but I learned how to use it quickly, small sips moved slowly in the mouth are very pleasantly creamy, fruity, flattering on the palate with a slight hint of sweat
    • Finish
      89 89
      warm, chocolaty, nougat, Black Forest cake with lots of delicious cherries, if you've "chewed" it long enough, the finish is intense, medium-length and warming with ginger, pepper and pleasant alcoholic warmth, slightly dry with fine wood aromas of old hardwoods and a tiny hint of resin

  5. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I am a Clynelish fan and despite the strong influence of the bass, I find the notes that I like here too, and complement the sherry notes very nicely. All in all a very good whisky that tastes best with a lot of time in the glass and with a little water! He is not quite up to the local dealer Clynelish, but he is very close.
    • Nose
      burned matches, dried plums, wild berry jam, raisins, damp forest soil, chocolate sauce, grape nut chocolate, coriander, old books, a little bit of menthol, nutmeg, old balsamic vinegar, candle wax (yes, finally, I was waiting for that, what would be Clynelish without the wax note, but it had to air for a while before I found it), orange oil, now cherries too. Wow, the nose is really great!
    • Taste
      hui, that pushes! Pepper and ginger warm the mouth, plus a lot of honey sweetness. Nice creamy, slightly dry, with leather notes, intense grape nut chocolate, orange peel, cherries with cardamom, Mon Cherie. With a little water, the colleague softens, without losing his strength. Water runs in the mouth and the warming feeling stays eternal, the chocolate gets darker, espresso is added and dried prunes.
    • Finish
      Warmth, spice and dark chocolate remain for a very long time, the dram gets drier and espresso notes are pushed forward.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a dream, here Sherryfassreifreifungsliebhaber should get their money's worth. Beautifully balanced blend of fruit and spice, also on the tongue and on the finish.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A dense, "thick" nose with a basket of ripe black cherries. Chocolate, nougat, leather notes and tobacco. Old wood, a little clay, moder. The idea of ​​an old oak cabinet full of antiquarian books pokes up. In addition to the black cherries now also dried fruits, raisins and (slightly sulfurized) plums. The notes of the dried plums fit nicely into the rest of the spectrum of flavors: complementary, not dominant.
      Mild herbs, spices like cinnamon, coriander, cloves.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Pleasantly strong start. Creamy and oily at first, the whisky quickly lays dry and heavy on the tongue and completely covers the mouth with old wood, leather, tobacco, dark chocolate and honey. Almonds and nuts are added. The Honeycomb Clynelish kick is flashing, but has to be defeated the Sherry Keg. Also on the tongue a good portion of cherries, raisins and the slightly sulfurized plums. Spicy and oak-dry.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long, dry, oaky. Still the almond note. In addition to the plums and raisins shimmer in the finish again and again with carnations peppered orange slices.

  7. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is world class and impresses with its creamy and fruity sweet character. The first half of the taste seamlessly ties in with the wonderful nose, dominated by dried fruits and creamy wax or dark honey. Gradually, however, the sweet and fruity elements are shallow, dark and tart aromas appear. Decayed wood and forest floor, a touch of furniture polish and increasingly darker wood tones disappoint me a little, with again and again flash dark and dried fruit elements. The aftertaste does not quite meet my taste, he is a little too dark, harsh and bitter. I do not perceive sulfur, though the dark and bitter aromas could well be the result of a slight hint of sulfur. However, the whole package is definitely right for this varied and multi-faceted bottling, right now, right now, after another minute sip, I cover up new flavors and a new combination of flavors. This strong filling tastes and knows to persuade in spite of dark, tart and slightly bitter aromas!

    24/22/21/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Strong and intense amber shines with a velvety red sheen in the Premium Snifter. On the glass wall sticks a syrupy streak from the long oily drops dissolve and pull their tracks into the glass. Dried berries and grapes mix with roasted aromas, creamy milk chocolate drips on sweet caramel and toffee. Discreetly appears musty and decayed forest soil, hints of ripe apricot and sweet vineyard peach combine with juicy cherries and dried orange slices to an incredibly fruity blend. Roasted hazelnuts and ground almonds dissolve slowly from sour cherries preserved in rum, my salivation is inevitably stimulated. Again show velvety vineyard peach and abrasion of orange peel, the nose is extremely harmonious and very well balanced, the alcohol is wonderfully involved. After this great nose, I am looking forward to the first sip.
    • Taste
      Sour cherries and old orange juice moisten the lips, creamy nut chocolate melts on the tongue, decayed pieces of wood stick to the palate while slowly adding wooden sharpness to the tongue and lush warmth floods the palate. Again, the salivation is stimulated, tart and slightly dry wood elements end in decayed forest soil, bitter and dark dark dark chocolate rises. For the first time I can see the characteristics often mentioned in Clynelish: beeswax and honeycombs stick to the tongue, creamy and waxy sweet flavors stick in the palate while sour cherries and a touch of furniture polish slowly show. Likewise, more and more tart and dark wood tones in combination with peppery sharpness are noticeable. Cold deep black espresso flows over decayed wooden floorboards and drips on resinous forest floor, the tart aromas dominate the transition to the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      The dark and tart wood elements are still sticking to the palate, a mixture of heat, varnished or glazed wood and a pinch of pepper pull voluminously through the throat. Again, sour cherries, dark chocolate and zest of old oranges show up. Spicy and wooden, the dark fruit and wood aromas gradually fade, leaving a discreetly sharp film on the tongue.

  8. Pese scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Even when pouring sherry aroma rises, is literally in the room. Great color, amber with a stab in the red. Slowly, almost oily, the legs flow down the glass, forming even small drops. The expectations are fulfilled. Exactly my dram.

    Edit 03.12.2018: a second time in the glass to confirm the first impressions. With only a little water added, it opens, showing more fruity in the nose. On the palate, it is despite the cask strength also undiluted edible. the alcoholic sharpness at the beginning gives way quickly and releases fruit and sherry aromas, is voluminous and powerful, which also continues in the finish. There's an extra point for "Taste". Optimal he has tasted me with little water, max. a teaspoon to 2 cl.
    Oh, and no trace of sulfur anymore.
    • Nose
      91 91
      In the nose intense Sherry, but not overloaded or overlaying everything. Chocolate, Ritter Sport rum or grape nut with fine raisins, ripe cherries, dried plums. Almost no alcohol despite cask strength. The perceptible alcohol gently transports the aromas to the nose. The nose on the upper rim of the glass then takes on sweetness, followed by orange peel, then a touch of oak, subtle spices, nutmeg, thyme. You do not want to stop smelling.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong, heavy, oily, undiluted, the alcohol is noticeable, spicy with pepper, accompanied by sherry. The age makes itself felt, the dark fruitiness of the nose remains in the background, it becomes drier, tart.

      With water wonderfully soft, the fruitiness comes back a little, accompanied by a light peppery pungency, again orange, oak - and yes, maybe a hint of sulfur.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is long, the dryness fills the mouth and remains for a while. The saliva flows and transforms the dry, woody into fine coffee or espresso notes.

  9. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    After the excellent nose he leaves me something in the mouth but then unfortunately something. I did not have sulfur anywhere, though I'm usually quite sensitive about that
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wow is the fruity, raspberry, sweet, wax, I find no sulfur, a little oak, a touch of muff, creamy, vanilla, leathery, light pepper, greasy chocolate, after the first sip of the chocolate is clear and goes towards whole milk, the nose That's fun
    • Taste
      87 87
      creamy, shortly full chocolate milk, then in the mouth a lot more dry, slightly sour, raspberry, oak, astringent, alcohol well integrated, again no sulfur, chocolate then rather dark, unsweetened cocoa powder, personally a touch too dry and woody, from sips I get used to sip but better and the fruitiness takes up the larger space
    • Finish
      87 87
      quite dry and dry, now nuts are added, medium-long, with time the taint goes by and the raspberry comes through again.

  10. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I like this liqueur, nutty-plum-ripe consistency in smell and taste very much. The cask strength brings on the palate and the finish a wonderful abundance of nut, plum fruit and oak, the sherry appears almost "light fruit" on, elegant espresso notes complete the picture; this is not an in-the-face sherry bomb.

    With a teaspoon of water to a good 2cl, the barrel-strong Clynelish in the nose immediately a good deal sweeter. The oak and prunes now appear clearer on the stage. And I also have some cloves in my nose. Haslnusscreme- and Espressonoten stay in the background, but are still obvious. I like Malts with (at least) two faces!

    This second, sweet-fruity face is also shown on the palate, where a pear is added to the ripe plum, and again the carnation; Oak and prune are as clear as the nose and "side by side" present, the sherry is also elegant. An overall lighter, less liqueur consistency will please all non-hardcore Fassstarken, because even in the finish now remains the "lighter" note. The espresso has a touch of sugar, overall, the impression goes to caramel, pear and vanilla. A nice version.

    The nutty dry fruit-pregnant Oloroso notes are simply something fine. And the malt shows two very beautiful faces - with and without a little water very own and intense.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The first nose is dusty, oak floor. Then develops a very specific dark nut note, which reminds me very much of the Tomatin 1995/2016! Behind come, very dense, ripe plum, a few cherries; Sherry naturally, backed by the fine fresh mint note of 53.4%. Sulfur? In any case, no "organic rotting or egg sulfur"; but it could be that the loft is a toy revolver shot empty with blank cartridges on the dusty oak floor.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Comes very oily in the mouth and pushes immediately; becomes more fruity. Juicy plum, cherry, some oak; I imagined myself more bitterly. Sherry again, the nuttiness from the nose is on the palate in the background. Is very elegant in the second wave, again liqueur-like, spicy with herbal and forest soil notes, a little espresso. Now comes again the nuttiness. On the palate, I do not even have the empty toy revolver on the oak floor.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish also remains beautiful long and spicy-fruity, without ever to be bitter or even cause unpleasant sulfur. Medium-strong espresso notes complement the finish sherry and dark plum fruit.


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