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Overall rating
89.75/100
votes
90
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
21.11.1995
Bottled
08.02.2019
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
11246
Number of bottles
501
Strength
53.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Mar 2019 6:01 pm by Srontgorrth
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 171,49

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1995 SV

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.75 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Deep, woody, waxy and fudgy. Oodles of caramel, pollen and dark, wild honey. Spiced oranges, furniture polish, leather wax, dried herbs (rosemary?), perhaps a dash of turmeric. Very creamy and rounded, without any sharp edges or dominant aspects, really harmonious. Water brings out more of the mature components and increases both the waxy and the woody aspects.

      Not too heavy on the sherry, but beautifully balanced between the influence of the refill butt and the clearly identifiable character of the spirit, which I love. I'd almost say it's 50/50 between cask and liquid, if that wasn't too tidy of an estimate. And it's all fully integrated; there's never a sense of the malt being "infused" with sherry as in many other such bottlings. Top notch.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Lovely tart/sweet/sour balance, good body, takes water well. Cinnamon, walnuts, a dash of mustard. Again heavy on the caramel, but not in any boring way; there's also plenty of deep tangy citrus and spicy herbal aspects to keep things lively.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Wild herbs and honeys, leather, juicy oranges. That lovely refill wood echo alongside a salivant salinity, with a mineral edge. Very long, like a good, 25+ Highland Park without the smoke. Count me in.

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A great long-matured Clynelish that shows even less in the nose, but in the mouth then its typical waxy character. A great flavor game without asking for water. A successful whisky in all respects.
    • Nose
      92 92
      beautiful sherry note; sweet and spicy; dark and fruity; Dried fruit; raisins; spices; pleasant oak note in the background; great nosing
    • Taste
      92 92
      oily mouthfeel; waxy; sweet dark fruits; Dried fruit; raisins; spices; Chocolate; beautiful oak flavor is increasingly on
    • Finish
      91 91
      long finish; sparkling spice; sweet-tacky; dark chocolate; great slightly bitter (not bitter) oak note

  3. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  4. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Ed Radour scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In store sample.

    A 23 year Clynelish is always worth a look. Generally I prefer less sherry, and this is the case here. Perfectly drinkable and flawless sherry, just not to my preference. Still very good, I can see why it’s got a high rating.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Not as waxy as I was hoping for. Sweet sherry notes, a little of hot. Not enough clynelish-ness. Supposedly gets much waxier with time. I did not have the luxury.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Best part for sure. Waxy, mouthcoating and oily. Lots of dark fruits and chocolate. very nice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish, sticky toffee pudding, a little fading wax, dark chocolate, quite sweet and sticky.

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    not a bad whisky, but when I look at the Notes of my immediate environment so, the style probably does not seem to lie to me - a bit sharp, I think it too
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lovage, celery, broth, Refillsherry flavors with confused fruitiness - cherry / orange / redcurrants - both fresh and compote - dirty, yeasty, clearly sour lemon, lime
    • Taste
      89 89
      oiled old oak wood, raisins in rum, chocolate with dried churches, mint, espresso, leather, carnauba wax cream - very nice aroma game, wood aroma chocolate cascades, but even with a decent sloshing water it is still slightly hot on the tongue
    • Finish
      86 86
      very warm, slightly dry, mint in a wax film, laurel, quite spicy with delicate delicate dry fruit notes, even more chocolate

  9. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    I will not be that smart ...
    Is very closed. Have tried it only in Glencairn, as somehow stands out only alcohol. Even time (~ 30min) and water hardly make it unfold. Have now changed to a red wine glass, let's see if he still turns up.
    But a drop on the skin and it smells good of tobacco and leather ...

    spoiler: Unfortunately it did not develop very well anymore. too little time? not enough water?

  10. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    I got a sample from the Whisky Exchange with my latest bottle purchase. Was very excited to try. Somehow it is a bit lost on me - it is like a closed sherried whisky, which when it opens displays a very good balance of the distillate and the sherry. But I was not overwhelmed with enthusiasm and do not prefer it to the already excellent 14 year
    • Nose
      85 85
      Nose:Subdued Tobacco raisins and leather. with water: Wax comes out and less tobacco more raisin, maybe a little rose water
    • Taste
      89 89
      Palate: really nice. Nuts date tobacco leather fig bars. With water the Clynelish comes out more, freshens up against the sherry cask, and I get the underlying raspberry juice and wax and some dirty hot peat which I associate with the 14 year. Less nuts and more tobacco. figs and raisins give way to the Clynelish salinity wax and raspberry
    • Finish
      86 86
      Finish: nuts wax and British raisin biscuit. With water the nuts fade and the wax is joined by lime citrus rinds

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