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Clynelish 1995 SV

Overall rating
82.24/100
votes
41
Whiskybase ID
WB132775
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
21.11.1995
Bottled
15.05.2019
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
11236
Number of bottles
607
Strength
57.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
05 Jun 2019 11:30 am by IsleofArrik
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 277.92

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41 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1995 SV

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.24 points

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    This is by far the worst Clynelish ever tasted, or should I say: the first bad Clynelish ever tasted.
    This must have been some rotting wood in the cask, giving this whisky a very unpleasant touch that keeps disturbing this whisky from begin to the end. The whisky itself will be good, I truly believe, but simply something wrong with the cask.
    I'm also wondering how apparantly other people seem to haven't experienced these rotten, shitty influences, for it still gets some pretty high rates.
    • Nose
      60 60
      It starts off fruity, but very soon after, a very unpleasant aroma comes in. Is it old sweaty socks, vomit, something rotten? Oh my, and that for an almost 200 euro costing whisky. I really try to pass the unpleasant notes and find some other aroma's, but this rotten thing seems to prevent me.
      Only after really some time, now I get more citrus and honey, pulling the rate some ten points higher.
    • Taste
      60 60
      Cow shit now, again sweaty socks, farts. Oh my goodness, what IS this? How is this possible, how can Signatory bottle this? Clynelish, 23yo, SV bottling, then this is the last thing you would expect.
      Later on, some citrus is trying. But still, it's like this whisky is farting or something.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Besides the hints of cow shit, some fruits and honey do their best. The base of this whisky tries to make something out of it, but this very unpleasant edge remains. Some tobacco at the end.

  2. sengaia scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Rotten eggs on the nose, and alcohol, and not much else. I would not guess this is Clynelish. Taste is the same story. It's not a pleasant whisky to drink. With some time and water it gets less bad, but never good. Every few years I have to re-learn that Clynelish from a bourbon barrel can be bought blind without tasting, but not so with sherry casks.

    Should you enjoy sulphur in your whisky, give this a try. If not, save your money and get a similarly aged Clynelish from a (refill) bourbon barrel instead.

  3. Tauti scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Ok this Clynelish is specifically but as bad as certain users (Dre73, sengaia, Gregers, wombata, Willum) behave here, it is certainly not. I agree that there is definitely a barrel fault or a bad batch of corks (mold?), But leave the church in the village. Such a profile (Dunnage Warehouse Moder) is not expected from a Clynelish. If Wine Cask Springbank were to be on the label, the ratings would look different. And yes, that's what he reminds me of Longrow Tokaji (WBID: 529). This bottling also separates the tastes.

  4. Gregers scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
      Orange jam, cloves, cooked cherries, cocktail cherries (perfume, wax, paraffin), brine, wet burnt wood, stale flower water. Not at all pleasant.
    • Taste
      68 68
      Phew. Much better, but immensely hard to ignore the nose when tasting. Barley and cane sugar come through first, then brine, hints of leather, then tobacco. Lastly, the wet embers join in. Alas.
    • Finish
      70 70
      A bit short, and the tastes that linger are not the preferable ones. This one should have been bottled years earlier.

  5. wombata scored this whisky 60 points Newbie

    After reading the reviews on this I decided to do a little experiment: I poured 2 drams and watered one down to 46% while just adding a few drops to the other, covered them and smelled and tasted them over 3 days. Water simply brought out the shoe polish aroma and flavor and dampened the vanilla and caramel notes. I can see this being used in a blend and so added a little to a Craigellachie 17 and also to a new Arran Sherry Cask NAS, both of which tamed the shoe polish of the Clynelish. I'm hoping that this gets better with air and time. I couldn't bring myself to score this at first, but having given this time to oxidize I now find that it has turned into a sulfur bomb. This should never have been bottled IMO. Score: 60.

  6. MaltHaus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Salty, wood ash, oranges peel, caramelised toffee, toasted bread, meaty, yeast dough and hints of gingers. With drops of water brings out some waxy, pear juice, maybe some engine oil. The Clynelish distillate definitely there to stay which is good.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, waxy, leathery on arrival. Orange marmalade, pears, salty, ginger and brine. Water brings out tobacco, more leathery now, sweetness of oranges and saltiness of sweats before fading out to a bit tannins.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Mid-long. Tobacco bitterness, briefcase leathery, cane sugar sweetness, brine saltiness, with some pines and nuttiness.

  7. Alexcombee scored this whisky 60 points Member Junior

    a lot of sulfur in the smell and taste, too bad

  8. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I don't get the low scores, yes it's not the best but also not the worst. The first sip for me was complex and would have been 90 points. After that it got less complex and the tannins (mushrooms and a hint of sulpher) got to speak more. But still a nice fruity, citrus/lemony, spicy and waxy dram. With water its gets better again and more tropical fruits come to the surface.

    Could it also been a few bad bottles or sample bottles? ps. this was also an sample.

  9. Willum scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      65 65

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    1426) Clynelish, 1995/2019, 23YO, Cask Strength Collection, #11236, Signatory Vintages

    Day 33 of Lockdown - 19th April - Entering the stage to look at reopening, with many eager to get back to work and do what we usually did, it is paramount at this stage that we should not overdrive our edginess and remain calm, conscious and smart.

    Much criticized release on WB by some friends. Perhaps it suits my mood, I find this amazing.

    N- Meaty, waxy and spicy to begin with used lubricant oil. Exotic lard fat, reminded me of crispy fried prawn paste marinated pork fillet. Savoury with waves of sweet cola reduction drifting under the broad damped wood. Still remains bright as the pressed juice of overripe orange with extra pith developed, new leather with hint of bitter chocolate lingers. Expressive and one of the unique aroma to explore if you start feeling bored with the mainstream. A wee short on stamina at extra time to greatness, dissipated...not quick, but faded towards the finishing line. (95/23)

    P- Quintessential a good Clynelish, burst of orange with exotic sweet notes, roasted nuts, waxy, pine, grassy tannin with big dry oak nuance holding up all in fine order. (95/23)

    F- Long, ultra crisp, solid and honest liquid that only attainable from years of aging. Fruits shying here but well replaced by elegant bitter-ish peels and herbal, deeply leathery. (96/24)

    B/B- 96/24, Inspiring and a timely re-hydration to a tetchy soul.

    Weighted Rate- 94pt
    • Nose
      N- Meaty, waxy and spicy to begin with used lubricant oil. Exotic lard fat, reminded me of crispy fried prawn paste marinated pork fillet. Savoury with waves of sweet cola reduction drifting under the broad damped wood. Still remains bright as the pressed juice of overripe orange with extra pith developed, new leather with hint of bitter chocolate lingers. Expressive and one of the unique aroma to explore if you start feeling bored with the mainstream. A wee short on stamina at extra time to greatness, dissipated...not quick, but faded towards the finishing line. (95/23)
    • Taste
      P- Quintessential a good Clynelish, burst of orange with exotic sweet notes, roasted nuts, waxy, pine, grassy tannin with big dry oak nuance holding up all in fine order. (95/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long, ultra crisp, solid and honest liquid that only attainable from years of aging. Fruits shying here but well replaced by elegant bitter-ish peels and herbal, deeply leathery. (96/24)

      B/B- 96/24, Inspiring and a timely re-hydration to a tetchy soul.

      Weighted Rate- 94pt

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