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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1995 SV
12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.49 points
- @hs305: No, there is no sulphur! I am also extremely sensitive to sulphur and I absolutely hate whiskies with sulphurous taste and avoid them even if there is only a minor flavour of sulphur. In this case (this Clynelish) the taste you mean comes from the "a bit strange" or uncommon combination of Clynelish distillate character (this waxy-fruity style, normally known from Clynelishs with maturation in ex-bourbon casks) with ex-sherry cask maturation. All Clynelishs I have tasted so far that are matured in ex-sherry oak unfold exactly this impression. But if it is very well done like here, it is a wonderful asset. As Serge mentionned, in general he does not like the combination of Clynelish with ex-Sherry instead of ex-Bourbon cask maturation. I fully agree!!! However, he also adds, in some cases the result is excellent (this is no direct citation, I am just trying to give an impression what had been meant). And I agree again, in some cases the result is extraordinary. And this is the case here! So I give it 92 points.
- [January, 2019] I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.
This is a moderately sulphurous dram (spent matches) which might be enjoyable to all that are not sensitive to the smell of hell - like good old Serge who stated in his review "not one single molecule of sulphur" and scored 90 points. This happens quite often with Serge, sometimes even at extremely sulphur-spoiled drams. Dear Serge, please do not issue any "no sulphur" statement at all if you own a blind spot on that - there are many people that trust your reviews and a significant share (in Europe around 40 to 50 per cent) are sensitive to the devil's ingredient (like me)...
The colour is old gold and the nose offers a modern sherry profile with significant sulphurous notes (matches) - sorry Serge, these are not just a few molecules, this is a complete matchbox full of it. Go for whiskyfun to read what is behind the matches, my olfactory cells are completely blocked...
The taste is quite tough and dirty, but after some chewing the sherry flavours break through the wall of sulphur that buried them first. Water releases even more sulphur in the nose but it turns the taste more approachable. Finally, it gets drinkable that way (at around 40% abv) - but to be honest: Why should I?
The initial mouthfeel is hot and coating (due to the sulphur) with a minor bitter-drying moment (sulphur again). The finish is long and even good old Serge states here "A few struck matches in the aftertaste". Hey, are struck matches not a sulphurous taste? It is bearable, of course - but it is what it is: a sulphur-spoiled whisky...
- The cask was originally selected by Reifferscheid (Bonn, Germany) and half of the cask was shared with Wein-Riegger.
The Wein Riegger part of the cask remains with only the single label SV unchill-filtered collection.
The Whisky Embassy Bonn Edition just sets itself apart with a special Reifferscheid Bottling Label with permission of Signatory of course and thus is a double label bottling (unchill-filtered collection on the other side). https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/125059/clynelish-1995-fr
The second half of the cask was bottled by the german signatory importer Kirsch in the "flower vase" cask strength collection.
- First impression / color / viscosity:
Coppery with a tendency to terracotta shines the Highland Malt from the glass. Slowly, big windows are forming. The larger drops trickle leisurely down the glass wall.
The first impression is extremely positive. All facts "vote" and let me hope for a fine single malt scotch.
Aroma / Nose feeling:
Beautiful fruity notes of refill sherry butts and a distinct nuttiness pour from the glass. The ü54% Vol. Are barely perceptible. After a few minutes in the glass I hear some anise, more spices, clearly honey and resinous pine cones.
The nose reflects the viscosity again. I get an oily impression from the smell.
The nose has something that I can not define exactly at the moment. No false mark, but something you do not have every day in the glass. This is only my sixth Clynelish and I'm just not sure if it is not just the well-known waxy note of the distillery, which I smell here or if it is a "souvenir" from the barrel.
Taste / mouthfeel:
The taste of this Clynelish is very balanced and oily sweet. Very cute. Again, the nuttiness prevails. At the same level as the wonderful fruits like strawberries, oranges, and blackberries. Oh, I like this Clynelish a lot. Really elegant with a chocolaty, maritime touch. I hear some salt and mineral notes, but no smoke. The malt has become really good in taste.
Although I do not believe that I would recognize the 23 years in a blind tasting, since it affects me after three or four years younger, but that does not diminish the positive impression in any way.
Also here in the mouth - the 54.4% Vol. Are hardly recognizable (again not meant negative).
Finish / aftertaste / Length:
A medium-length finish, sweet and finely balanced acidity of an orange. Here at the finish I taste for the first time with this malt some herbaceous aromas, which are perfectly understood with the minimal seasoning from the barrel.
The finish is also very tasty and full of pleasant, sweet, nutty impressions.
Minimal bitterness and a little bit of laurel I discover when trying.
I had to try the scotch twice to see its strengths. The first attempt was right after opening the bottle, the second tasting, two days after opening the bottle. Is it because of it or the constitution of the day or or or - at least I am now more than satisfied with the overall picture of the bottling.
It was the nose at the first Tasting, with which I could not really make friends, so this impression has eased much.
I am satisfied and fortunately can enjoy this Clynelish for a long time now.
- A good Clynelish, no doubt but less sherry compared to the 11230 or tara/Whiskyhaus. It is a good Clynelish and I would call the Price Value more than fair but we are in the "Champions League" and for me a bit less attractive than the 11230 or tara/Whiskyhaus.
- Quite simply a very fine-intensive Sherrymalt from the refill barrel. The nose is very varied, the interplay between seasoning, sherry and herbs knows to please on the palate and the finish. The "strong sulfur notes" mentioned in some places I perceive only very slightly and not unpleasantly on the palate (matchheads). The Clynelishs from the refill sherry barrels are very pleasant-intensive contemporaries, who also invite you to calibrate to the particular mood with a little water.
Some water opens the malt again, making it a bit more plummy and sherry-stressed, spice and earthiness are pleasantly integrated. The palate remains intense, even the matchhead notes remain, the finish is slightly lighter overall again. A nice variant.
Sherry, plum, marjoram and thyme, pleasant menthol freshness. From the background a little cinnamon. Again, one of those fine refill sherrycasks.
In the mouth, the malt comes very strong and sherry-intensive, spicy-earthy, now with a few matchheads. The alcohol is clearly felt. Wet forest soil.
The finish goes again in the direction of seasoning and forest soil, the oak logs in, the match heads again step into the background. Of course, salty sherry too.
- Wonderful intense fruity-spicy malt. Lies pretty oily and sweet in the mouth. Adding water releases the fruity aromas even better. Recommended.
Sherry; very cute; intense dark complex fruitiness; Notes of honey; pleasant spiciness
great oily tingling sweetness in the mouth; Sherry; Fruitiness - including oranges; some chocolate; increasingly shows a spiciness and oak notes
sweet and fruity with nice spice; Oak; hardly bitterness
- Notes from a blind tasting
Dusty, leathery ex-sherry barrel influence, including boiled, slightly sour fruits: I imagine mirabelle plums and plums. I suspect a decent age, certainly at the - or over - twenty-five years. The wood note is clearly perceptible and omnipresent, yet not obtrusive or vulgar; fits in nicely. After the first sip, a herbal note joins the olfactory ensemble. Reminds me of the basic character of a Glenfarclas 25 or an older, well-sherried Glengoyne. The intensity and straightforwardness of the flavors makes me guess but rather a UA / single barrel bottling than an OA in drinking strength. With water it gets noticeably sweeter and you can tell that it is already quite compressed or still has plenty of reserves. Quality stuff.
Initially sweet, immediately strong (definitely cask strength), then kräutrige, tart and woody notes. Nice oily on the tongue, almost slightly sticky. Spice oranges, cinnamon sticks, tree bark, dark, unsweetened cocoa powder, bitter espresso beans. A malt like a piece of men's chocolate in the pine forest. Indisputably high quality, but with the best of intentions no flatterer, but an old recluse with corners and edges. The impression is confirmed: this must already be a neat old part that has not charged too close with Fasscharakter. Very horny, but also very harsh, because you have to be in the mood for.
Dark, strong forest honey, light licorice and strong black tea. Tart wood notes remain last and even after more than ten minutes no way to say goodbye. In addition then the honey will flash through at irregular intervals. The high viscosity combined with the pronounced barrel character ensure a very, very long finish.
- The first few times I would have given the whisky no 85, because somehow I did not get ran. Now that he's in the glass today, I have to say a fantastic Clynelish!