Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Hidden Spirits (HiSp)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
26 years old
Number of bottles
50.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Feb 2019 9:43 am by ElmoHC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 354.85

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90 × member ratings

88 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1992 HiSp

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.45 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A friend brought back a lineup of samples from the old & rare show London 2020. Amazing to be able to try these drams. These are the results: (keep in mind these are tiny samples, just enough to get an impression)

    1st: 1968 Ardmore 20yr Signatory dumpy (6439) 94pts
    2nd: 1977 Bladnoch 23yr (273) 92pts
    2nd: Dalmore 20yr bottled 1960s (39949) 92pts
    4th: 1992 Clynelish 26yr Hidden Spirits (125978) 90pts
    5th: Ainslie’s 12yr bottled 1960s? (64557) 88pts
    6th: 1974 Ledaig private cask 27yr 87pts
    7th 1974 Caol Ila 21yr Signatory dumpy (38207) 78pts

    Serge, god bless him, effectively sent this malt into the abyss with a little WF94... I actually laughed when I tasted it, because it is totally what Serge would love, and not necessarily what everyone else will... the cask may as well have been stainless steel. It is about as pure as you’re likely to find a 26 year old malt. Pure distillate, wort, yeast, crystal clear barley sugars, citrusy to very citrusy. Limes especially, but lemons also. Ideas of green olives. Aloe Vera, transparent smoke, limestone, slate and honeysuckle concentrate, mint oil. On the Clynelish wax scale it’s not a 10/10... I only find it moderately waxy. I say 6/10 waxy. The wax is paraffin. Distillery on display. No, it’s very good, complex and quite interesting, but nerdy. No it’s very nerdy. Any newbie that drops 1K£...I’d love to see their face as they drink it. I like it a lot, but its not necessarily in my flavour wheelhouse.


  2. DramTom scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Very expensive Clynelish but it's rare to find an older single cask these days. Exquisitely pure Clynelish waxier than the 1995-1997 bottles. Doubting between 91 and 92 points but I will give the benefit of the doubt for the extra wax :)
    • Nose
      Huge wax, paraffin, oil, juicy peaches and a mineral touch. Unmistakably Clynelish
    • Taste
      It starts with some citrus (blood orange, grapefruit) before a thick oily waxiness takes over. Then a pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      Very long, on waxes, oils and some lemon.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A current bottling of Clynelish whose reputation went stratospheric due to the review of a certain tall, French blogger with a nice moustache.

    Tasted at Old and Rare 2020 in London at Tomislav's booth, which probably was the best booth there in terms of giving drinkers stuff that they want at a price that is reasonable. Thank you.

    Very typical waxy, oily Clynelish but the uniqueness here comes from the palate -- wave after wave of vanilla, citrus, and paraffin. Very intense. Yet very concise in its attack. Somewhat fruity, if I remember correctly, though not the tropical kind. Excellent but no way this is worth 1k or more in the marketplace nowadays.

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very good. Beautiful balance and complexity.

    With water we are much more mineral in the mouth. On the nose it is more chiseled.
    A very good springbank. Pun intended.
    • Nose
      Light peat. Smoke, ash.
      Citrus, lemon.
      Light eucalyptus. Wax, pencil lead.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is very well integrated and balanced.
      Cold ashes always mainly.
      Wax, fruit wrapped in camphor.
      Encaustic strips.
      Light wood and rolled chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet finish on wax, smoke, citrus fruits.

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nice but somewhat restrained nose, great taste, slightly sweetish, powerful, you notice the 50.1%. Alcohol very well integrated. Beautiful long finish that bizzles! Minimal bitter finish. Very good malt, but for € 300 VK no bargain ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Willum scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I hesitate between 92 and 93 ....
    This whisky stunned me. It is sweating the old malt and yet it has come out of its barrel so recently.
    A real success, a whisky which clearly stands out and which gives new hope in recent bottlenecks.
    Thanks Clynelish, thanks Hidden Spirit.
    • Nose
      A very round nose, very greedy with some spices and a pretty mountain honey. There is fruit jelly, it is very pleasant.
      Wax doesn't deceive either .... We know where we are.
      It's lively and there is an almost "dirty" little side.
      I could stay there for hours as it evolves ...
    • Taste
      Alcohol well integrated, lively but it slides nicely.
      There is wax, you see, and a very floral side, like an old bottling.
      There is a very salty side but at the same time not in excess ... just enough.
    • Finish
      Nice length even though I would have liked it to last a bit longer.
      Mainly floral and waxy finish with a little return of honey and a hint of cocoa.

  10. Y2kyo scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    incredible Clynelish.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94


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