Clynelish 2009

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Hand Filled Distillery Exclusive
Stated Age
10 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon American Oak Hogshead
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Highland Whisky Festival 2019
Added on
12 May 2019 1:07 pm by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 471.58

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32 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 2009

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.70 points

  1. Dirk scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Quite suprissed by this to be honest. Thick mouthfeel, not to much alcohol punch and a good balance between waxy, oranges and honey notes. Yes there is quite some obvious vanilla notes here...

    They selected a very good cask for the first hand filled at Clynelish. I notice I am reaching for my glass all the time, very drinkable. Dangerous stuff!

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Wine Gums

    For the very first time in history you could score a hand-filled bottle at Clynelish during the Highland Whisky Festival 2019. That had everything to do with the fact that the distillery celebrated its 200th Anniversary. The original Clynelish was founded in 1819. Hence it sold out pretty quickly too, but a friend of mine was there and thus able to get me a bottle. Hurray! I love this whisky community. Together with this one, Clynelish also released a 20 Year Old at the exact same ABV. That cannot be a coincidence, can it?

    The nose is surprisingly soft and bursts with vanilla and wine gums. Then I get a lot of apples and oranges in a jute bag, honey and beeswax. Hint of fresh peach and mango. Very fruit, candy-like and simply very good! Quite mineral too. Just a tad of white pepper. But you wouldn’t say it was bottled at such a high ABV. If you add a teaspoon of water, it becomes more creamy and the fruit shines more. The vanilla diminishes, which I think is better.

    On the palate, it is quite candy-like as well, although a feisty peppery note appears immediately. Yes, the ABV now certainly rears its head. Phew! This needs water. Then the beeswax comes to the fore, some quinine appears and the oranges turn bitter. But all for the better, really. Lemon juice kicks in. Some Gyproc appears, while the wine gums do an encore. A hint of honey and Turkish Delight. Much better!

    Undiluted the finish is very long, but also very spicy. Too much so, in fact. With water, the finish is simply grand. At the death a salty edge appears.

    It’s pretty good neat, but becomes outstanding with water. And believe me, it can cope with quite a few drops. It was sold at the festival for some 150 pounds, but on the secondary market you’ll easily need to fork over double that amount.

  3. leapfrogboi scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Nose: light, hints of citrus and barely any wax. With water, the honey and white fruit begins to develop with more richness

    Palate: quite confined flavours of citrus by the alcohol, slight cream cake but definitely could use some water. With water features no wax, citrus and white fruits that is blended together with no one profile that is too pronounced. However lacks too much complexity

    Finish: relatively long, though the flavour profile didn’t change, the sweetness lingers

    Quite disappointed, though it features some of the very pleasant profiles people have learned to cherish and love with Clynelish, this bottling is a poor and limited reflections of those profiles.

  4. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Plenty of vanilla, but mixed with minerals. Tum tum (A Dutch candy?) It’s quite sweet alright. Caramel fudge. Yellow apples and bananas. A slight waxy note. later also orange peels. Water brings out: Butter cookies. Lemons. And less vanilla.
    • Taste
      Vanilla again. And it’s quite creamy. Caramel. Oranges and a hint of honey. It’s spicy too, a touch of cinnamon, peppers. Minerals here as well. Water: Much softer. Adds lemons. The spices are more in the background. And it becomes fresher.
    • Finish
      The finish is mid-long. With spices, mostly cloves. Minerals. Caramel. And somewhat salty.

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    With water, I find this in the 86 point range, without it's closer to 80.
    • Nose
      Lots of vanilla (LOTS), but also zesty lemon and winegums, with a touch of honey and burlap. Pretty lively, with a soft spiciness. Water brings out more of a classic beeswax-y profile, with green apples and stone fruits.
    • Taste
      Creamy stuff with a fairly spicy arrival (cloves and chili pepper), followed by a fair amount of vanilla, and a touch of resin. Water brings out an interesting hoppiness, a whiff of lemon and chalkiness as well.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, lemon. Medium in length.


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