Clynelish 1997 Wy

Overall rating
91.45/100
votes
85
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

£ 449.98

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1997 Wy

19 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.45 points.

  1. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This predominance of acidic tones seemed redundant to me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Applesauce, alcohol, banana peel, linden.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Apple, linden, pollen, sour tones.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Yeasty, sour, short-lived.

  2. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  3. KCLO scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. whisky_knight scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I’ve heard good things about independent bottler, Wemyss Malts and their releases. For my first time trying a Wemyss release, their 1997 Clynelish Single Cask release, “Tropical Scented Candle,” aged 22 years is nothing short of one of a kind.

    I have never had a dram like this before: The nose is a bit familiar, but the palate with a thick, coating mouthfeel with a super intense tropical aroma that pervades your senses (not a hyperbole, it’s potent!), and a baked apple pie sweetness, honey, bananas, distant tropical fruits with a waxy feel, and this continues on the finish. It’s truly unique.

    The only knock against it is that it might be too fragrant (almost artifically so, but Wemyss claims that they add nothing to their maturation), so intense in its apple sweetness and tropical waxiness. This is a case where their marketing name “Tropical Scented Candle” really describes the dram to a tee. I know my friends and I kept talking about this bottle days after we tried it together.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet, ripe bananas, green apples, Granny Smith apples, caramel, vanilla, fresh-cut ripe plums. There’s no ABV burn on the nose (nicely integrated). Honey.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Heavy, viscous mouthfeel. Wow. Intensely sweet, floral, aromatic, baked apple pie, waxy, deep tropical.

      As you hold it in your mouth, there’s an intense, tropical, floral aroma that rises into your senses. I’ve never tasted any dram like this before. Rancio notes. Gentle ginger that’s steady throughout the front and mid-palate.

      Halfway through the bottle, more flowers on the palate. Honey, bananas, more baked apple pie intensity. The florality borders on Potpourri(!). It finishes with a touch of salinity.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long. More of this crazy fragrance that’s like tropical, but also just enticing. Fading ginger. More baked apple pie, light banana, honey on the finish, waxiness, it’s intense.

  6. niski scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    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

  8. 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/

  9. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. whiskyclick scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  11. KCLO scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Very fruity Clynelish with a slightly shy finish. Great dram.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. greg_0277 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very successful, resinous clynelish. A style that I like but lacks complexity
    • Nose
      91 91
      wax and pine sap burst the screen. A fruity frame appears but it is very light behind the main aromas.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The wax is present in the form of an oily texture, pine sap, humus, mushroom. typically the Clynelish universe that I know and love.
      On the other hand, few traces of exotic fruits on my side.
      The alcohol is very well integrated.
      It reminds me of the excellent 1973 WF.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A bit short and monolithic, it's a shame.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. SteveW110 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Incredible malt!

    An absolute fruit bomb without missing notes!

  17. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. 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

  19. ThorstenH scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An interesting mix between the salty Clynelish character and fruity / tropical notes. The nose could be a little more intense for me.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  20. 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

  21. aspa scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    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

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