Clynelish 2008 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Stated Age
10 years old
1st Fill Bourbon
Number of bottles
57.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary Exclusive
gb United Kingdom
Added on
02 Jul 2019 10:11 am by Von Barton
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.99

5 × in wishlist

29 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 2008 SV

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.81 points

  1. MaltHaus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Youthful, brilliance, lemons and melons, pears, poached apples with dusted cinnamon, oily. With water: lovely notes of waxy, leathery, honey, citrus fruits, tropical fruits and perhaps notes of hay as well. Pinch of pepper in the background.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Waxy, oily creamy, leathery, sweet on arrival. More pears in the foreground with some peaches and berries. Some bright pineapples, peach and honey notes poke through. With water: some chocolate here and there with these magnificent delicate spices and floral notes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long. Pear juice, peach sorbet. Lingering cinnamon coated baked apples notes from the nosing part.

  2. funwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Finlaggan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:

  4. -sAxo- scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. LordBellamy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    with water: now you can get the alcohol a little better under control, the fruit notes become more intense and the pepper decreases a little, plus more wax and sweet honey

    Conclusion: This malt must first be tamed with water, but even then the alcohol is always present, I would not have filled the keg for such an anniversary, my expectations were higher. Too bad, chance missed
    • Nose
      fruity (citrus fruit, mirabelle plums, a few pears but also tropical fruits such as melon and pineapple), plus a lot of fresh pepper on the nose, the alcohol does not work very well, that diminishes the pleasure a bit, the typical wax notes are there, but strong in the background, some vanilla and cookie dough
    • Taste
      : creamy start, more oily than expected on the nose, the fruity notes from the nose continue, but with a stronger citrus note, but then quite strong alcohol on the tongue, some pepper and quite dark, chocolatey oak
    • Finish
      short to medium length, fruity, again the cocoa notes with some bitterness, slightly waxy

  6. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Cleaner simpler shallower version of 14 standard
    • Nose
      85 85
      Nose: thin layer of coal dust, some brambles and olive oil, not as fruity as the 14. Some green unripe hard yellow fruits. No waxiness really. With water - some vanilla
    • Taste
      84 84
      Palate: vanillla candle wax, unripe raspberries with the bramble attached - some vegetal bitterness. With water - a little juicier, the fruit ripens marginally. Some stone dust
    • Finish
      84 84
      Finish: vanilla candle, lime rinds

  7. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Color: Straw.

    Nose: Fresh, vibrant, high-quality nose from a youthful malt. There's definitely fruit, both tropical and citrus, the latter being more pronounced on the nose, in my opinion, than the OB 14 yo. As I've noted before, it's hard not to find waxiness given that I know I'm nosing a Clynelish. Nonetheless, I find it. Overall, it's a solid profile that is potent but doesn't have any of the symptoms of an overactive first-fill bourbon cask. There's isn't a ton of change with water.

    Mouth: The active bourbon oak comes through more here. Neat, there's a little bit of heat, but nothing terrible. You get the wood and the sweetness that are common with this style maturation. Water takes the heat away and makes it pleasant and straightforward on the palate. It's fine, but a bit of a let-down from the nose. I will say the mouthfeel is pretty solid, regardless.

    Finish: Mostly sweetness and oak.

    Comments: It's solid, but not exceptional. For the price and age, you can certainly do a lot worse. I'm not sure how well first-fill bourbon suits the Clynelish profile. I've had good experiences with both light, refill-style casks and more active sherry when it comes to Clynelish. This is my first exposure to a single cask that was active bourbon. The nose had me pretty excited, but it let me down on the palate somewhat.

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very fresh and fruity dram, easy drinking, decent price/performance ratio.
    • Nose
      Lemon and melon, young and sweet, creamy and waxy, a very fresh and fruity dram, really nice, can't blame it for its simplicity.
    • Taste
      Sweet, very peachy, then a little bit drying, inky? Quite spicy due to the high ABV, still an easy and fruity dram.
    • Finish
      Long and hot, more malted barley, grape skin.


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