Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
17 years old
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Whisky Import Nederland 10th Anniversary
Added on
06 Jul 2020 10:53 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 154.39

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19 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 BR

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.07 points

  1. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good 97er. Likes to swim.
    • Nose
      Sweet, fruity and malty. White fruits: pear and unripe plums. Citrus. Not particularly waxy.
    • Taste
      Again sweet but now the distinct Clynelish profile shines through the fruit. With water it becomes more mineral. Water really opens it up. Some faint notes of liquorice and bayleaves appear.
    • Finish
      Sweet. Some wood and the pleasant typical Clynelish notes.

  2. Vince scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Exceptional whisky. All the best of Clynelish. Maybe slightly sweeter than usual. One the nose fresh, fruity, sweet but also some bread. Palate is fruity, but also spicy and nutty. Flavor explosion at side of tongue. some candied ginger, salty liquorice, on top of honey and some of the typical "bourbon" notes. Further vermouth style herbals. More old oakiness and tannins towards end, but not dominating. No (Brora) peat or farm notes. Very well balanced. Top class highlander. Clynelish.

    More flavours released with few drops of water. Waxy and long finish.

  3. Cristoffski scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    When just poured in your glass this whisky is very fresh to the nose. Citric fruit is what immediately comes to mind. This is due to the higher vol of 55%. When the whisky has had some time to air, licorice, sea salt and fresh grass rise dominantly, accompanied with dark spices. 

    The high alcohol percentage gives this whisky a lovely kick, especially if you leave the whisky air for 10 minutes. There is no need to add water! 

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasted it at the first Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam (26 November 2016).

    Clearly a Clynenish with its waxiness. Clean and fruity with creamy vanilla. sweet, hints of a bourbon cask, toffee and citrus. Sweet and lingering finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Opeth83 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Is this a sherry cask? I thought this was a bourbon hogshead?

  6. hans1971 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. recursiewhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An interesting dram that has a weird balance between the fruity, spicy and more earthy/mushroom aromas. At the first taste this dram seems quite rough, hot and edgy but with a wee drop of water this is gone and the water also accentuates the sweet and fruity aromas.
    All in all an slightly challenging but lovely whisky.
    • Nose
      A rich, sweet, fruity and balanced whisky with aromas of apple, pear, banana, berries, candied ginger, cherries, greengage, acacia honey, wet hemp rope, sackcloth (or burlap/Jute/hessian if you will), cedarwood, hint of tobacco, toffee, citrus (mainly fresh lemon), hint of salted caramel, subtle pineapple, marzipan and oak.
    • Taste
      A powerful, slightly sharp, sweet and dry whisky with aromas of pepper, chili, hot ginger, icing sugar, pear, cedarwood, berries, backed apple, grape seeds, tannins, earthy tones, floral tones (dried flowers, dandelions and buttercups), salted caramel, bitter citrus tones (lemon zest and grapefruit peel) and dry bitter oak.
    • Finish
      A medium long, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of fresh fruits, berries, cherries, icing sugar, grapes, honey, pepper, tannins and spicy oak.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Toffee Candy

    Importer WIN – Whisky Import Netherlands under the stewardship of Marcel Bol – celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. To celebrate, they selected this cask of Clynelish 1997, bottled at cask strength and taken from the warehouses of Berry Brothers. I have put it H2H against cask 4050, also from BBR. This one is clearly the better one.

    Wonderfully sweet and creamy on honey, white fruit and toffee candy. Loads of it! Followed by some citrus and a big waxiness. Some dried pineapple, too. Almond paste? Mild on the spices and a surprisingly salty element.

    Juicy in the mouth, almost syrupy. Very sweet arrival on fruit and sweetened butter, only to become quite feisty on the spices with a salty middle. Boy, this is good. Some grapefruit enters the fray and delivers a bitter note. Layered and rich. Complex!

    The finish is long on sweet notes, but mostly pepper, keeping the mouth warm for a while.

    Impressive Clynelish that positions itself amongst my favorites of that particular vintage. Still available for around 140 EUR. Recommended!


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