- Single Malt
- Signatory Vintage (SV)
- Bottling serie
- The Whisky Embassy Bonn - Invention Series
- Stated Age
- 23 years old
- Refill Sherry Butt
- 8674 (part)
- Number of bottles
- 54.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Joseph Riedl - Trompete 1832
- Bottled for
- Feinkost Reifferscheid & Wein-Riegger
- Added on
- 19 May 2019 6:56 pm
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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 89.62 points
- @hs305: No, there is no sulphur! I am also extremely sensitive to sulphur and I absolutely hate whiskies with sulphurous taste and avoid them even if there is only a minor flavour of sulphur. In this case (this Clynelish) the taste you mean comes from the "a bit strange" or uncommon combination of Clynelish distillate character (this waxy-fruity style, normally known from Clynelishs with maturation in ex-bourbon casks) with ex-sherry cask maturation. All Clynelishs I have tasted so far that are matured in ex-sherry oak unfold exactly this impression. But if it is very well done like here, it is a wonderful asset. As Serge mentionned, in general he does not like the combination of Clynelish with ex-Sherry instead of ex-Bourbon cask maturation. I fully agree!!! However, he also adds, in some cases the result is excellent (this is no direct citation, I am just trying to give an impression what had been meant). And I agree again, in some cases the result is extraordinary. And this is the case here! So I give it 92 points.
- [January, 2019] I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.
This is a moderately sulphurous dram (spent matches) which might be enjoyable to all that are not sensitive to the smell of hell - like good old Serge who stated in his review "not one single molecule of sulphur" and scored 90 points. This happens quite often with Serge, sometimes even at extremely sulphur-spoiled drams. Dear Serge, please do not issue any "no sulphur" statement at all if you own a blind spot on that - there are many people that trust your reviews and a significant share (in Europe around 40 to 50 per cent) are sensitive to the devil's ingredient (like me)...
The colour is old gold and the nose offers a modern sherry profile with significant sulphurous notes (matches) - sorry Serge, these are not just a few molecules, this is a complete matchbox full of it. Go for whiskyfun to read what is behind the matches, my olfactory cells are completely blocked...
The taste is quite tough and dirty, but after some chewing the sherry flavours break through the wall of sulphur that buried them first. Water releases even more sulphur in the nose but it turns the taste more approachable. Finally, it gets drinkable that way (at around 40% abv) - but to be honest: Why should I?
The initial mouthfeel is hot and coating (due to the sulphur) with a minor bitter-drying moment (sulphur again). The finish is long and even good old Serge states here "A few struck matches in the aftertaste". Hey, are not struck matches a sulphurous taste? It is bearable, of course - but it is what it is: a sulphur-spoiled whisky...
- Effectively, this is the same bottling as this one https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/124560/clynelish-1995-sv and the first half of cask 8674 . The second half was bottled by the german signatory importer Kirsch in the "flower vase" cask strength collection. https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/124547/clynelish-1995-sv
The cask was originally selected by Reifferscheid and then shared with Wein-Riegger.
The Whisky Embassy Bonn Edition just sets itself apart with a special Reifferscheid Bottling Label with permission of Signatory of course and thus is a double label bottling (unchill-filtered collection on the other side).
The Wein Riegger part of the cask is of course only single label SV unchill-filtered collection.
Serge Valentin scored this dram with 90 points.
- A very good malt, which needs some attention. He was a bit too closed and dull in the nose. However, the taste knows how to convince. When you get closer to him then he shows his full potential in the nose and the taste gets even better.
At first kind of mineral. Maybe also some mushrooms. Overall, relatively closed and dull. Then comes forest honey and also forest soil. Trail mix. Also roasted nuts. Orange peel. Maybe hinted wax. Nutmeg and wood notes.
After the first sip now a lot fruity. Goes in the direction of fresh plums to Zwetschendachi. And water opens it completely and makes it sweeter.
In the mouth is now more going on. The Clynelish character also comes through well. So this waxiness. In addition, first nice sweetness. Glucose. Again the apricot dumpling. Then follow forest berries. Then a little baked apple with walnuts. Now it gets spicier, the oak tingles a bit on the tongue and it gets drier.
Sea buckthorn. Chocolate with pieces of orange. Licorice. Oak.
- Notes from a blind tasting
Dusty, leathery ex-sherry barrel influence, including boiled, slightly sour fruits: I imagine mirabelle plums and plums. I suspect a decent age, certainly at the - or over - twenty-five years. The wood note is clearly perceptible and omnipresent, yet not obtrusive or vulgar; fits in nicely. After the first sip, a herbal note joins the olfactory ensemble. Reminds me of the basic character of a Glenfarclas 25 or an older, well-sherried Glengoyne. The intensity and straightforwardness of the flavors makes me guess but rather a UA / single barrel bottling than an OA in drinking strength. With water it gets noticeably sweeter and you can tell that it is already quite compressed or still has plenty of reserves. Quality stuff.
Initially sweet, immediately strong (definitely cask strength), then kräutrige, tart and woody notes. Nice oily on the tongue, almost slightly sticky. Spice oranges, cinnamon sticks, tree bark, dark, unsweetened cocoa powder, bitter espresso beans. A malt like a piece of men's chocolate in the pine forest. Indisputably high quality, but with the best of intentions no flatterer, but an old recluse with corners and edges. The impression is confirmed: this must already be a neat old part that has not charged too close with Fasscharakter. Very horny, but also very harsh, because you have to be in the mood for.
Dark, strong forest honey, light licorice and strong black tea. Tart wood notes remain last and even after more than ten minutes no way to say goodbye. In addition then the honey will flash through at irregular intervals. The high viscosity combined with the pronounced barrel character ensure a very, very long finish.
- He is indeed tasty, but I miss the kick somehow.
Look, I would have appreciated younger.
Notes from a blind online chat tasting.
Yes, the alcohol tickles a bit here again. Otherwise, first full load Sherry. But cleaner, no muff. No fruit notes, at least in the beginning, but full of chocolate. Now I also have dried fruits, but quite dark the whole. Now also a few dried herbs. With heat comes a lot of acidity, in fact, slightly chemical. Toasty aromas. Could possibly be peated, yes. But minimal. In any case, warms up considerably fresher with some grapefruit, after the chemical cocktail has disappeared.
Fine acidity, some honey, herbs full, espresso on the back. Creamy, strong onset. No, smoke negative. Definitely sweeter than its predecessor (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/90523/blair-athol-1988-sv#note-container).
In the second sip more espresso.
If the finish is much sweeter, but does not last forever.
- Looks a bit younger than the specified 23 years. Still a balanced malt, nice filling.
Notes from a blind tasting.
Dark, little fruit, possibly ripe plum, with chocolate. A herbal note in the background. Over time, old oak emerges.
Briefly sweet on the tip of the tongue, oily and waxy. Cherry and plum. Cocoa, dark chocolate.
Medium in length, somewhat sweet, with bitter chocolate and espresso.
- Clear sulfur note! Those who can not cope will not be happy with this whisky. Intensive match note in the nose. Much weaker in the mouth. Here, beeswax and furniture polish prevails. Dark ripe fruits come to light. Old rotten wet wood.
Nice long finish.
I like it very much