Clynelish 1995 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
22 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Cask Hand Picked by The Whisky Exchange
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
gb United Kingdom
Added on
30 jul 2019 2:23 pm by ConvalRen
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 361.25

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1995 SV

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.53 points.

  1. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Burnt oranges, charcoal and dark chocolate on the nose, with iodine and and antiseptic. Full and oily on the palate with smoked bananas, cinnamon ashes, and seaweed toffee. Herbal candy and eucalyptus syrup on the finish, along with burnt toast with cherry jam. A really enjoyable and almost sherried Islay style dram (certainly one of the smokiest and maritime from this batch of sherried 1995 casks that signatory released). Not noticeably Clynelish therefore, but certainly dense with flavour and character.

  2. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This is a very good whisky, great sherried nose, wonderful mouth feel, nice long finish. The Clynelish character bears the sherry pretty well - some coal upfront and then more of the distillate comes out with some wax and white flowers with water.

    I had two samples of this, and in the first sample I got a bit of sort of cloying cherry cough syrup on the palate and so I didn’t really like that very much and docked a few points for that.

    But in the second sample I got none of this. I also, notably, in neither sample, got any of the lime scale and rotten fish described by ConvalRen, so I think probably that reviewer received something off.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nose: Raspberries in chocolate, gorse and brush, coal dust. It is a little yeasty before it opens, with Challah and bread rolls, but this gives way to raisins, tobacco and wood - a cigar humidor - and a bit of light paraffin. There are other leaves too besides tobacco but not enough to be unpleasant. There is something tart, maybe strawberry or cherry cordial.

      With water: This opens up with a burst of Clynelish with fresher fruits - grapes and grape flowers, clover honey layers over the coal and gorse and sherry leather and tobacco. Strikingly, I got the strongest note of Lily of the Valley I have ever gotten off a Clynelish while the glass was not empty - I always get a bit, and I always get it strongly as the empty glass dries and leaves the waxy residue, but never so strong on the filled glass nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Palate: sultanas and dried cherries, sweet, syrupy mouth feel. Oily, some coffee and nutty. With water: more bitter cocoa and coffee liqueur, and some Clynelish wax with some white floral notes comes through, some citrus, citrus rinds and orange oil.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Finish: raisins, coffee and nutty and a little wax and vanilla. Sweet turns to semi-bitter chocolate. A bit of rock dust. With water - the floral undertone comes up and then gets banished again by the chocolate. More bitter now with some herbaceousness or gentian.

  3. jokerhoi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    nosing: mango jelly,ginger
    palate: mango juice,
    finish: 82% Chocolate, little wood spicy

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Smells like a fish market, dead fish stink. Intense lamb meat stench as well. Heavy metal smell, that metallic scent from coins and copper from antiques.

      Behind that, brings sweet and dense sherry, acai berries. Old muscat grapes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Burnt and charred orange skin to cinders. Ash. Herbal taste of ginger, garlic and sage.

      Very dry mouthfeel. Like potato vodka - Chopin polish.
      Green freshly cut grass. Old aged beef cured to of at least 180 days. Oily and meaty.

      Pork rinds deepfried in oil and fat.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium to long, small hints of banana (?).

      Tree bark, dry.

      Very dry, like drinking limescale ridden water, hard water.


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