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Clynelish 20-year-old

Overall rating
88.47/100
votes
51
Whiskybase ID
WB131302
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
200th Anniversary
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Bodega Sherry Oak / Refill American Oak
Number of bottles
1819
Strength
57.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 May 2019 12:31 pm by Whisky_Addicted
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 807.04

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 20-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.47 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Clynelish and sherry isn't always the best of combinations, except for the few rare occasions when there's a balance between spirit and cask. That is absolutely the case here.
    • Nose
      Thick notes of beeswax with a whiff of ozone and soft fruits in the background. Some orange peel, definitively a bit of strawberry too, and a touch of galia melon as well. The sherry influence is subtle, leaving room for that classic Clynelish profile to shine. Not the most complex, but very balanced.
    • Taste
      Lovely earthy, sherried and waxy dram. There's a good amount of farminess here too, and even the lightest of touches of charcoal and smoke. A whiff of menthol, some leather and tobacco leaves, with a touch of maraschino cherries, but also a chalkiness and minerality that is classic Clynelish.
    • Finish
      Soft spices, and more of the same.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Love at First Sip

    In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the distillery, Clynelish released this exclusive bottling, composed with a very small amount of sherry casks that were especially put aside for the occasion in 1996. I don’t need to tell you these sold like sweets – even though it was only available at the distillery and despite the hefty price tag of 350 pounds. Today you’ll pay double or triple that amount. Oh, well. Luckily I was able to score a bottle at the original price through a friend. Let’s dig in! At the same time, the distillery also released a 10 years old single cask ‘hand-filled’ at the exact same ABV. That cannot be a coincidence, can it?

    The nose is a divine mix of fruit and beeswax, so typical for the better Clynelish. Oranges, apples, strawberry, melon, mango and pineapple. A bit of burlap and soft spices. Some wet earth. Surprisingly soft. You would not guess this is above 50%, which is certainly is.

    The body is oily and soft on the spices. Think cloves and a single chili pepper. Wonderful beeswax, quinine, grapefruit, tobacco and Gyproc. The influence of the sherry casks is nice, but far from dominant. The typical character of Clynelish has no problem shining through. Oranges are in the lead while cherries and peach follow. Eucalyptus. The alcohol is perfectly integrated, hence this does not need any water.

    The finish is long, soft on the spices, fruity sweet and very enjoyable. After ten minutes, I still taste candied peach…

    Yes, yes, yes! Here we go again. Ah, mid 1990s. Can’t go wrong. This is love at first sight. Better yet: love at first sip. Pity it is so expensive or I would sip it more often.

  3. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very waxy, little bit smoky, mints, celery salts, chocolate spices.
    • Taste
      Waxy and herbal, sweet and sour, new furniture, polished, candle waxes, juicy orange, lots of citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium, chocolate spices, little smoke.

  7. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Some lovely wax here, combined with strawberries and raspberries. Sweet oranges and a honey note. Followed by some lemons in the background. Water brings out more of the fruits and apple pie.
    • Taste
      There’s a trace of smoke at first. Followed by a leather note and dark chocolate. A hint of sweet honey. Minerals and somewhat waxy. With water: More towards tobacco, chalk and there’s a hint of caramel.
    • Finish
      The finish is long with lingering spices, such as black pepper and cinnamon. A hint of menthol too. Water doesn’t add much here, except for minerals.

  8. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Very Fruity, Strong Citric / Orange, HoneyMelon, Sherried, waxy

    Taste: Oily, Chocolate, Sherried, Waxy, Leathery

    Good balancing as a classic Clynelish.

  9. EJS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

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