Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Auld Alliance (TAA)
Bottling serie
Meow Meow
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
49.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Joint bottling with The Malt Affair
Added on
28 Dec 2020 11:19 am by Dominic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

USD$ 408.68

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 TAA

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.00 points

  1. thamb did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Review from Malt

    Colour: white gold.

    On the nose: a very assured arrival, you immediately recognise the Clynelish DNA. Barley drops, candle wax, vanilla, overly ripe apples and sweetcorn. Silver needle tea, freshly baked shortbread and there a citrus element of freshly squeezed clementines. Runny honey brings more sweetness or is that tinned syrup as there’s a hint of metallic here without overdoing it? Then, beneath all the flashy bits are rice pudding, clear gel glue and sandalwood. The overall form is impressive without putting up billboards. Lemon oil, white chocolate and a wisp of smoke. Ok, water time; lime jelly, glucose

    In the mouth: a coarse vanilla, gives way to caramel and a hint of wax once again taking the form of boot polish. Orange pips, bitter wood in places that keeps you on your toes. Black grapes on the finish, a little liquorice as well. It feels wrong to add water to something that is pitched so admiringly. Oh, I’m glad I did as the waxiness goes up a notch giving us waxed tropical fruits. Quite delightful. Orange zest, Caramac, very resinous with tea-notes and bitter wood. Camphor. The lesson here folks is always to try a splash of water. Delightful.

    A classy Clynelish. Probably the best modern-era Clynelish I’ve had in some time. A real joy to experience on the eve of a difficult day ahead. It lifts the spirits. While I doubt I’ll be able to afford the modern Frankenstein Brora, here’s to the ugly looking distillery over the road that’s capable of delivering knockout blows on its own terms.

    Score: 9/10

  2. Silversoul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose is almost perfection for a clynelish, at first lemony, aromatic, some tick, toasted almonds scent comes through, there is a touch of herbs, florality.
    The mouthfeel is oily and a touch austere.
    Sampled from a fresh bottle, will review it in the future

  3. thamb did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Tasting notes from The Elysian Whisky Bar, Melbourne, Australia.

    Nose is just gorgeous. Bright citrus, zesty, minerals, wax and yellow fruits. A bit floral too. The palate is where the magic lies. Upon entry, you get this lovely sweetness from the malt. Explosive flavours of waxiness and yellow fruits, white wine, runny honey. So mellow and well-integrated. Coats the palate. Juicy and complex. Long finish.

  4. whisky_curation scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Pineapple, fruity, nectarine, amazing fruit bomb, aftertaste lingers quite lengthy


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