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Overall rating
89.66/100
votes
66
Whiskybase ID
WB128420
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Alambic Classique (AC)
Bottling serie
Special Vintage Selection
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
19302
Number of bottles
174
Strength
56.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
26 Mar 2019 11:18 pm by Ed Radour
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 176.19

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66 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 AC

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.66 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The unusually dark color suggests a very active bourbon barrel, and so it is. Very full and creamy, with a nice oily resinous wood influence, strong forest honey sweetness and a rather dark spicy character. Something else!
    Definitely needs water, otherwise it stays too snappy on the palate. Otherwise a really nice thing, even if the Clynelish character is only recognizable at second glance.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wow, this deep, sweet-spicy forest honey note reminds me a bit of older (25-30 yo) OA-Highland Parks. Really a great ex-bourbon barrel, full of resinous, oily, sticky textures, overflowingly scented softwood aromas, hints of sweet clementines and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Does not go through dramtic transformations in the glass now, but what he does makes him very excellent. A really thick, fat, high-quality highlander, with which you can get an example of the difference between Bourbon Barrel and Bourbon Hogshead: Here everything is much more concentrated and denser than would be the case with Hoggie. I like.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Too intense without adding water, and after a drop is in it, it is best to leave it for a few minutes until the small explosion of bourbon cask aromas, which unfolds when the water releases the bound oils, has run its course and has subsided again. After everything has settled down, there remains an extremely round, still thick and concentrated tree juice syrup, the salty polish notes of which, on closer inspection, reveal its origin in Brora. Fruit fetishists should look elsewhere, however; this is all very sweet and spicy, with at most a few overripe juice oranges and canned tangerines, which provide the necessary minimum amount of acid.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Honey, beeswax, sea salt. Long, with proper wood spice.

  2. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  3. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 21 85

    Strong and powerful young Clay, overexposed the barrel, not rich, but nice.

  4. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. LordBellamy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    with water: Just the nose cries out for water, and indeed, the Malt tolerates some water, then a little quieter and gentler, but does not quite make the shoot

    Conclusion: an interesting malt, but due to the key figures (age + 1st fill) I had expected more than that, it lacks the last bit of complexity and balance
    • Nose
      83 83
      first nose quite closed, yellow fruit, a little vanilla and coconut cream, oak, wild honey, pine nuts, mushrooms, the alcohol is not very well integrated, quite spicy
    • Taste
      87 87
      very oily on arrival, nice mouthfeel, interesting sweetness, honey, yellow fruit, honeydew melon
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium, a lot of honey, yellow fruit, pleasantly spicy

  7. The_Independent scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A beautifully matured Clynelish bottling, which should take a lot of time. I find it a little overpriced for what I am offered.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Without water: right behavior, clear alcohol. Sweet, yellow fruit, woody spice, some pine needles / resin, forest honey, with time come roasted almonds. Overall, not as "dark" and intense as the color would suggest. (initially only 85P)

      With water: more fruit: peach, pear, apricot. Floral aromas, maybe some wax. Sweet pastries, butter biscuits. Overall, increasingly intense, fuller, oily in the glass. Resin / needles / forest honey are no longer perceptible.
      He needs a lot of patience, which he then rewards. (87P)
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong start, voluminous, the alcohol makes itself felt. Nice spicy, light bourbon fruits, pastries, malt - sweet, but not too sweet. With the time slightly bitter, oak, forest honey, caramel, coffee, possibly also some herbs.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is unfortunately only medium. It leaves a creamy mouthfeel, some yellow fruit and some oak spice. Something "one-dimensional". For me the weakest side of this bottling.

  8. craide scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasty a great malt with a little more water opens a little more.
    Nice combination of barrel and distillery. Price but then a bit too high.
    • Nose
      87 87
      exotic fruits mix with woody notes. Slightly spicy, forest honey and vanilla come through. Looks a little musty, dusty. A certain waxiness is noticeably there.
    • Taste
      89 89
      slightly creamy then spicy starting, the fruits are there, but not as present as in the nose.
      Some caramel comes through.
      A few drops of water are good for him, releasing spices, mint and a little marzipan.
      Tasty a great malt.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long, light fruitiness remains in the mouth. Somewhat bitter and dry.

  9. victor_lam scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

  10. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose 23, taste 22, finish 23, balance 22

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