Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Jewish Whisky Company (JWC)
Bottling serie
Single Cask Nation
Stated Age
23 years old
2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.4 % Vol.
750 ml
us United States
Added on
17 aug 2019 9:32 pm by Titan2015
Single Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 209.99

15 × in wishlist

17 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1995 JWC

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.21 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sherry turns nutty on the nose, with a nice cask wood balance. There's that vintage note that reminds me of a really old Glen Grant. Nice. Lemony pledge meets wood oil. A little bit of cardamom and mace. The palate is big sherry of course with room for more sophisticated notes that do tend towards the highlands. I'm not reminded much of Brora here. Less elegance. But it works. There's sweet and sour pork ribs. A touch of cough syrup (black cherry flavor), along with a grassy lowland type note reminiscent of the older better 90's lowlands versus the lame ones of today.

    So how does this stack up against the single cask Glendronachs? Pretty well I would say. But then again I think those Glendronachs are WAY overrated. All of the really good ones were bottled around 2012. That's when I loved them. Not so much now. All told, this Clynie is pretty pretty pretty, as Larry David would say, a pretty pretty good Bubbala of a dram.

    This said, I like the 9 year old JWC Clynie more. It's not huge, it's just a simple pleasure but it reminds me of what it used to mean to be Clynelish not so very far from Brora when Brora didn't yet look like the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah in the middle of a sheep pasture.

    That 9er let me wax nostalgic (heavy on the wax). And it was way cheaper too, which is good sense on the cents. Alas, alack, when the bottle ran dry, I pressed my head between my hands and exclaimed, "Oy vey iz mir." Woe is me, and, you know, there might not be any Clynelishes left like that one.

    Nay, it reminded me of a 9 year bottled 9 times 3 years ago. I'm always a sucker for the vintage tasting Clynelishes. A while back I reviewed an Exclusive Malts Clynelish 15 that hit some of the same brain cells in my delighted skull, Reanimator be damned: "Herbert Go West young Golem."

    In fact, I got an email about that bottle just this week from a guy who seems to have scored himself one. Good for him. Damn. Bad for me. Made me wax nostalglic again. I went online and looked. No such luck. They're long gone. Wax on, wax off. That old CWC had a burned plastic note that should have been godawful but was damned good instead. But why? Why? Well, it just was. And my snobby whisky friends all agreed, to a one. Salty, oceanic, waxy, farmy, Brora-esque yummers.

    The barley grew better back then. Now, the skies are sprayed with deeth and the ground is sprayed with deeth and the sun is too white and not yellow like it used to be and the distilleries are run by computers instead of Zen master distillers.

    Meh, what're ya gonna do. If it's not one thing, it's another. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! Time for another dram of the 23. It's quite a delicious whisky.

  2. HansG scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I won't recommend it as nearly 300 USD bottle because of its rotten rubber and cheap syrup notes, but if you like the 1995 dd 23yo, it is indeed a better dram being less alcoholic, oilier and more sherried.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      The color looks dark, but I'm glad it doesn't smell like a sherry bomb. Quite juicy from the get-go, accompanied by a nice a bit of smoke and burnt oak. Heavy and thick. No sulfur.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Salty entry, with waves of sweet sherry and fruity sourness. Black tea, smoke again, and some bitter cherries and cough syrup. Good viscosity. Takes water quite well. Forget my comment about this not being a sherry bomb... it's quite sherried.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A bit of molasses and licorice at the end. Slight bitterness, not egregious. This is clearly a sherry-driven whisky and I'm not exactly sure if this is the best type of Clynelish one can find on the market, to be honest, even though we are seeing more and more of these 20something yo dark sherried Clynelish in the indie market nowadays. This is otherwise a faultless whisky, but I can tell I won't be clamoring for these dark ones. Give me an ex-bourbon cask Clynelish any time.

  4. Dominique69 scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. whisky_knight scored this whisky 49 points Expert Junior

    This was my first time trying anything from Single Cask Nation, but this independent bottler did not make a good first impression: This Clynelish (with the 1990’s vintages being much revered) was one of the most disappointing drams I’ve had in the past year, that’s how bad this was. Extremely unbalanced, especially for a 23 Year, single cask of 2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry from 1995, it was as if the cask was sealed “airtight” or something, because there was no maturation, nor softening or smoothing out over time.

    Our group included 2 hardcore whisky fans who have been drinking and appreciating whisky far beyond my years and they both agreed this was a terrible bottle (and they like Clynelish). I’m not sure if it was just a bad bottle sitting at this local bar too long or exposed to heat or light (we’re there only at night), but this is one bottle to avoid. The standard Clynelish 14 Year bottle is far more balanced and pleasant.
    • Nose
      53 53
      Muted, tart fruits, green apples, it’s a shy nose. For being 23 years in a 2nd fill sherry cask, this doesn’t have any of the telltale sherry cask notes at all.
    • Taste
      46 46
      Massive ginger spice on the front palate immediately, this is way hotter than the 52.4% ABV, tasting more like 65% ABV or higher(!). It was really unpleasant and unbalanced. We had a group of hardcore whisky fans on this evening and we all looked at each other after the first sip with the same disappointed look.

      This turns into an almost chili spice, lingering and burning throughout, with bitter dark, old wood by the mid-palate, and finally some raisins, stewed cherries (very faint) and dark fruit notes at the end, but it’s overpowered by the oak.
    • Finish
      49 49
      Long finish. Unfortunately, it’s mainly ginger / chili spice that burns, with some oaky bitterness.

  6. the_muskox scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Stellar! The sherry influence is just about perfect: it’s dark as hell, but it doesn’t overwhelm the waxy and tropical Clynelish spirit. The nose is fragrant and lovely, the palate has great richness, especially with those coconut and coffee notes, and it’s beautifully spiced on the finish, oaky but not overly tannic or bitter. The water took everything over the top, pushing the wax and tropical fruit way out in front. What a bottling. A must-try for Clynelish fans, I’d imagine.

    Nose: Fruit salad: mango, cantaloupe, peach, orange, strawberry, red apples, and crystallized pineapple. Some darker fruit notes of cassis, raisins, and figs. Scented candles, manuka honey, demerara sugar, toasted walnuts, and banana bread, and various fruit pies. Musty old pencils, hay, and struck match.
    Five drops of water, and the tropical fruit is bursting forward, with vanilla pudding and hibiscus.

    Palate: Thick and but soft texture. Nutty oloroso sherry, citrus peels, toffee, and candied nuts on the arrival, then rich toasted coconut and cinnamon. Heavy beeswax on the development, with deep oak, tropical fruit, caramel chocolates, maraschino cherries (the nice ones), and a bit of molasses. Coffee with sweetened condensed milk. Marshmallows bobbing in hot cocoa.
    Water enriches everything, and adds a distinct pomegranate note.

    Finish: Long, deep, and chewy. Nutty oloroso, black tea, honey, toasted barley, and more of that crystallized pineapple. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, cocoa powder, coffee grounds, cola candies, and orange sauce. A hint of chipotle powder and blown-out birthday candles.
    The water adds a well-worn leather armchair, tobacco, caramel chews, and dried mango.

  7. ggorilla scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    The sherry, being a refill cask that wasn't exhausted in its first fill duties played a perfect role here. It isn't overpowered, but it is definitely a sherry forward dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Heavy warm sherry notes, but not overpowering. Fig, toasted cacao nibs, orange, must, tropical fruit pulps of papaya, guava and maybe a touch of passionfruit. The clynelish wax is there, but is playing a backseat role along with some green apple skins.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Thick Clynelish notes. Sweet and fruity initially with dates, fig, apricot, red table grapes, a bit of prunes and dark chocolate. Some baking spices show up in the development along with some nice rich black tea and wax. This is Clynelish after all.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Really pleasant baking spices and ginger.Chocolate, apricot and little heat and a bit of savory like some distant soy sauce.


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