Overall rating
86.87/100
votes
107
Whiskybase ID
WB171681
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 011
Vintage
08.2000
Bottled
10.2020
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt & Portuguese Brandy Butt Finish
Number of bottles
693
Strength
53.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 dec 2020 1:05 pm by aspa
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 161.42

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Whisky reviews for Lynch Isle 2000 NSS

30 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.87 points.

  1. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Too sulfur driven, very rubbery, for me one of the least good IB Clynelish I've tasted. Cask and spirit don't work together at all.

  2. glenrob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Unlimit scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

  4. JJKATED scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite dirty with burnt wood, caramel, coffee, roasted barley, beef and ale flavoured crisps, some brandy and fruit. Very wood-driven.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweeter and fruitier here. Apples, grapes, sugar, malt, coffee, wood, beef flavoured crisps, cream, honey, wax.
    • Finish
      83 83
      More beef crisps, wood, a touch of wax, apples, grapes, lemons, limes.

  6. wizzkey scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    superb

  7. JBKwb scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    21.09.2021
    • Nose
      Sulfur, cress on cotton wool, herbs, herb candy, nuts, honey, cereals, fresh bread, grass, some peach, baked apple with cinnamon
    • Taste
      Dried herbs, herb candy, some honey, lemon, grapefruit, nuts, white coffee, wood

  9. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This tasting took place in a warm company "Bruce Bar", and I liked this sample more than the next ones, which I will write about later. This whisky opened to me with honey-fruity notes, and I love that.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very juicy, fruity, full of melon, pineapple, pear and lime honey. Slightly sour notes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet candy, some caramel, and sour notes.
    • Finish
      88 88
      sweet, bright, a little yeast dough and green twigs.

  11. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice dirty, sherry-tinged Clynelish. However, I like it as a dirty whisky, as a Clynelish I would not have recognized it blindly.

  14. MaltHaus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Not the typical Clynelish at all. Really need a lot of water to bring out the true characters. Not an easy one, this dram really need time and patience to savour and appreciate. The flavour performance of this brandy-butt-finished dram-feel seems to be a little more obvious.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Bread, yeast, sourish, salinity, woody such as cigar box / tobacco porch, sulphury as sweaty, cabbage and garlic, rubbery, diesel, metallic, plastic, mushroom. I am asking myself here where is the fruity and waxy notes? 3 drops of water brings out some nutty notes of hazelnut, almond and walnut, more woody of oaks, resinous and wood plank. Still no fruity detected. With 8 drops of water: fruity of dried peach, fresh apricot, prune, grapes, fig and apple presented vividly. Lees oil and buttery to follow.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Tame on arrival. Slightly salty, smoky, citrusy, lemon, malt, buttery, nuts, slightly vanilla, ginger, wood, mint, cardamom and spices of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. With water: herbaceous of tea, hay, straw, grassy and eucalyptus. The latter part is more woody, slightly anise, cardamom, pepper, mint and more spices.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to slender. Bright smoke, hints of peat, citrus, slightly wheat rotten, malty, honey syrup, nuts, cardamom, mint, ashes and spices; leaving the smoky candied fruits, salty and sweetness inside the mouth.

  15. Big_O scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    0 sulphur and all brandy sweetness. Minimal Clyenelish characteristics but this is a lovely standalone whisky.
    • Nose
      Deep, rich apples and cranberries.
    • Taste
      Soft palate that has a chewy, almost bourbon like caramelness to it. The grape flavour from the brandy shines through and compliments the malt very well.
    • Finish
      Long in length and low in the palate with a big hit of spice at the end.

  16. BlueFire scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Big, huge, hot nose, will clear your nostrils.
    Ciara's "posh apple juice" note is spot on.
    Decent complexity with muted fruits, olive oil, spice, breads, wax and a long finish. Swims well.

  17. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Sherry and brandy barrels interrupted the aroma and taste of Clynelish. 21-22-21.5-21.5

  19. sambaman scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    This has really settled down after being open for a few weeks. I would have rated the first dram 3 points lower. There was a weird smell of beef flavour crisps that seemed to relate to the brandy finish, which was really at odds with the sherry. There wasn’t much harmony in the glass. Now It seems to be coming together nicely. I’m getting lovely candied oranges on the palate and the mouthfeel is great. As others have said, the casks influences are masking the still signature and the waxiness is not very evident but if you judge as a malt rather than a Clynelish then I think it works pretty well. Bit over priced perhaps and I’m not sure the brandy cask was money well spent.

  20. harriedv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not your typical Clynelish. Good dram but not great. A hint of sulphur in the nose, this disappears in the taste/finish. Fruity, but less waxy that you’d expect.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very nice, balanced whisky. Nice fruity influences, ripe fruits, pretty powerful. Would I blindly recognize this as a Clynelish? Nope, I miss the typical waxness, but still it's a very good dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity, ripe fruits with a nice kind of dirty edge, some chocolate, caramel. Some prunes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pretty some power, fruity again, ripe fruits, apples, nutty, caramel and even some hints of citrus.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pretty long, still some power, and again ripe fruitiness, apples, prunes, pretty long.

  22. WSP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice anagram - but I also like him otherwise!
    • Nose
      88 88
      dried apple slices, roasted nuts, almonds, also some dark beeswax.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet coffee with a lot of cream, apple-grape-like (from brandy?), then chocolate, here too notes of wax.
    • Finish
      88 88
      salty, wax, good length.

  23. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So I don't like it. You can't really feel anything from the beautiful Clynelish character. That or the barrels were probably not the most active either. Even the finish doesn't help him. The alcohol is at least pretty well integrated.
    • Nose
      Lots of bread. Dark farmer's bread with a strong crust. Lots of nut notes. Mineral flavors. Fruits can only be noticed in rudiments. Then maybe something like calvados. Maybe baked apples too. In addition, rather dusty wood tones.
    • Taste
      More sweetness in the mouth. Sugar beet. Semolina pudding. Here now some floury apple drizzled with lemon. Then a lot of bread and nuts again. Malt candy.
    • Finish
      Toasted wood. Roasted nuts. Sunflower oil.

  24. Jonathan Kleß scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very drinkable whisky with an interesting salty edge. Bit of an awkward cask mix however, and the nose isn't particularily accessible.
    • Nose
      Medium, starting off pretty closed. Dried orange slices, overripe apples and damp wood. Burnt caramel. Vaguely malty and spicy in the background.
      Salted peanuts and almonds. With time opens up to be a just slightly fresher, with hints of lemons, honey and some beeswax.
      With water: More open, but mostly the same profile. The wood is a bit cleaner and i get more pronounced mineral and coastal touches.
    • Taste
      Soft entry, relatively light. Quite fresh, as it seems the previous dampness was left behind. Primarily lemon juice and fresh yellow fruits.
      More cask influence on the midpalate, with a bit of marzipan, leather, and pencil shavings.
      With water: Now very soft. Gets quite salty in the back. Maltier with hints of brown ale.
    • Finish
      Dry, pretty oaky. Lots of marzipan, almonds and hazelnuts. Some dark chocolate and a lick of grapefruit zest.
      After adding water I definitly pick up some olive brine aswell. Nice and refreshing.

  25. whiskytornado scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    These brandy finishes don’t seem to work for me personally...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I can't get to the manufacturer's flavor notes. I have no fruit notes.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. Whisky_in_Saxony scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Top 3 Clynelish 2020.....very thick and waxy with a nutty finish

  29. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. whioli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    ?Clynelish?
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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