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Clynelish 1997 Wy

Overall rating
91.73/100
votes
73
Whiskybase ID
WB160525
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Tropical Scented Candle
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Number of bottles
236
Strength
49.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Jun 2020 12:00 pm by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 401.42

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73 × member ratings

154 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 Wy

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.73 points

  1. aspa scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    According to the sales description, it should be "typical for rancio". foam ...

    The nose is great. Gentle, balanced, the alcohol is very well integrated. And I actually smell sweet and old tropical fruits of all kinds. Banana, pineapple, mango. Above that a strong scent of vanilla and cotton candy. In addition, a typical mineral scent, slightly oily and salty. That's how it should be for Clynelish. But it is less strongly clynelish-typical than with the SV refill-sherry bottles that I have tried recently.
    Extremely complex, there is always a new note in the foreground.
    I could smell it for hours, there is always something new. Now there is some oak and seasoning, but only a little.
    Candle and beeswax can be found stronger in the glass after 10 minutes, but it also remains in the background.

    In the mouth, beeswax is much stronger and very mineral. Perfect!
    Soft and creamy, plus oily and maritime. But the tropical fruits also remain strong, and I feel very reminded of the description of Rancio as given here:

    https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/features/10015/talking-rot-deciphering-rancio-in-whisky/

    The alcohol is still fantastically integrated and supports the taste without coming to the fore. The whisky is very sweet now. Add kiwi, apricots, light plum but not as strong as a sherry barrel. Great!
    Towards the end a light hint of pepper on the edge of the tongue, which then merges nicely into the finish. This is still extremely soft and creamy, so you would give the dram a little more than 22 years.

    An oily-sweet layer remains in the whole mouth, still with tropical fruits and the mineral-waxy Clynelish taste. It stays there for a very long time and I think I could do that much longer.

    Really great clynelish with remarkable tropical fruits.

    N-93-T-93-F-92 great 93 points and thus high on the annual list.

    Update July 25, 2020:
    Not even better at further tastings, the nose is almost perfect and just a dream.
    This whisky is close to being the best I have ever tried in my humble whisky career.

    N-97, T-95, F-95 for absolutely outstanding 96 points.

    I bought several bottles of whisky for the first time to have stock. He is SO good.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  2. GIngi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Great, complex, multi-layered and above all typical Clynelish (oily, waxy, complex with fruity components). And that seems to cause envy and "fun votes" with bad reviews. Sad!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Pure harmony!
      At the beginning reminds me of the wonderful '73 Secret Speysider. A sweet nose of jam, ripe apricots and peaches. Packed in subtle, unobtrusive wood aromas.
    • Taste
      92 92
      A wonderful start! Now comes Tropical Island.
      Now the tropical fruits are here. Mango, passion fruit, pineapple, a little liquorice, beeswax. Ripe and oily.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and mild, as well as a bit dusty.

  4. Dottore scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The title hits it really well this time. Very tropical and floral notes - the bourbon barrel has done a good (and damn good!) Job here. Just reminds me of old Speysider from the seventies. Honey and wax are present. Everyone has to judge for themselves whether it is clearly characteristic of Clynelish. The fact is: without any missing marks! And truly a symphony of flavors. Quince, mango, banana and pineapple reflect the fruitiness. Some mint and orange oil come into play in the background. The creamy start immediately pleases in the mouth, very, very salivary. The alcohol is also really well integrated. Here, too, everything is damn harmonious and somehow "old-school", never boring but not too demanding either. That quince again. Honey. A little drier now and slightly woody and spicy. In the finish, in addition to the fruity notes that never fade, also a bit peppery and mineral. In the end, coconut too ?! and salt. Caribbean stormy wind in the glass. Me gusta mucho. 92+ points

  5. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    WOW! Clynelish at its best! WONDERFUL whisky that fully reflects on its strengths. An experience for me. Thanks to Wemyss!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. whiskyclick scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    10/10
    One of the best Clynelish we had!
    Such a fruity, well balanced and complex dram.

  7. tommi71 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Complex, very fruity exactly the fruits as described, very, very tasty malt. I was able to order 2 bottles, the price is ambitious but it is worth the money.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. SteveW110 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Incredible malt!

    An absolute fruit bomb without missing notes!

  9. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: Tropical fruits in Clynelish? Now that’s interesting… Colour: gold. Nose: pure fresh waxy and coastal Clynelishness, with indeed very wee whiffs of yellow tropical fruits. I cannot not think of some of the best well-aged white Pessacs here, really. Crushed bananas, treacle honey, beeswax, tiny touches of fresh mint, bits of chalk, a wee touch of patchouli, linden blossoms, quinces… All that! Superb nose, very complex if a little rich for Clynelish. Mouth: bingo, kumquats and bergamots, drier honeys, beeswax, quince jelly, touch of verbena liqueur, drop of yellow chartreuse, and just all the rest. Like, chlorophyll and a tiny drop of miso. Perfect strength and mouthfeel. Finish: sadly. Comments: very similar high quality as that of the Sponge’s Clynel… I mean, the Sponge’s Bladnoch. I think we’re about to do t-shirts too, with ‘Your Distillate Drives Me Mad’ in white on black. What would you say? Would you buy one? Do we say XXL? SGP:561 - 90 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/Clynelish

  10. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Serge on whiskyfun tried it again: That's a name that seems to be very accurate. Do we still need to try the whisky then? Colour: gold. Nose: looks like these batches have become perfect at 20+ years of age. Stunning citrus, waxes, then earths and polishes. Huge quinces too, otherwise oranges, citrons, pink grapefruits, and beeswax, hand cream, proper vanilla pods, putty, marzipan… This is the worst you could do when starting a session, I mean, having a winner as #1. Mouth: a little drying at first, with a little tea and oak, but it would then unfold on the expected waxes, citrus, and cakes. Perhaps is it getting a little fatter and rounder than I had hoped, with a little 'too much' vanilla and sweetness, but I am quibbling for nothing. Oily mouthfeel. Otherwise oranges, tangerines, elderberries, quinces, guavas, sweeter apples… And probably a tiny touch of salt as well as umami sauce. Finish: hold on, quite some salt! And some honey. Comments: classic and classy Clynelish. Have I not already tried this one? SGP:551 – 90 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/

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