Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
23 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Jun 2019 11:30 am by IsleofArrik
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 201,57

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17 × member ratings

39 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1995 SV

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.07 points

  1. sengaia scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    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.

    Save your money and get a similarly aged Clynelish from a (refill) bourbon barrel instead.

  2. Gregers scored this whisky 66 points Member 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.

  3. wombata did not rate this whisky 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 can't bring myself to score this, but I'd say it is probably a pass for most consumers.

  4. Yyc123 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. 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.


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