Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Celtic Series - Book of Kells
Stated Age
37 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison Du Whisky
Added on
17 Oct 2010 10:33 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1980.00

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45 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1972 GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.12 points

  1. Volanne scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is just very delicious malt. The kind of bottle you deeply regret to reach the bottom of, realizing how great it turned given a 10 years breathing.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Oh! All kind of precious woods. Carefully waxed furniture. Dried fruits (do you know Figolu?) Sultanas soaked in Gewurz. Sherry cask? Something brighter and citrusy too. Like peeling a tangerine.
    • Taste
      94 94
      There they are! My dear rustic vegetables and tuberous that makes me scream "early 70's Clynelish". Jerusalem artichoke. Tuberous chervil, mingling with light honeys and a nice citrusy edge (orange blossom honey?). And sooo drinkable at such an ABV!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Very satisfying, and quite spicy now, as a high end Demerara rum could be.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    stone and exotic fruits honey a bit of peat herbs and spices, superbly balanced, brilliant! And I think the 36y sister cask is even better

  3. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fruits jaunes, un peu de tourbe, du bois, de la cire, des épices, du rancio, un côté oxydatif prononcé (amontillado? manzanilla?).
    • Taste
      Très gras, confit, sur la tarte aux pêches, l'abricot, un peu de tourbe puis salé en fin de bouche.
    • Finish
      Longue sur les épices.

  4. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Loved this one. Elegant nose and great combination between fruits and minerality with a touch of smoke.
    • Nose
      Whiffs of dried, candied fruits (plum) and jam at first. With time, fruits are developing on pear, peach, citrus, plum. Some mineral and slightly coastal notes too. Honey, vanilla, spices. Great nose.
    • Taste
      Punchy, fruity (yellow fruits, citrus again) and peppery. Mint and smoke. A pinch of salt too.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky and slightly peppery.

  5. goran scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    From Whiskyfun:

    Clynelish 37 yo 1972/2010 (58.9%, Gordon & MacPhail for LMdW, Book of Kells, cask #14300)  Colour: gold. Nose: it’s not the expected fruity explosion that strikes first here, rather something vinous that borders balsamic vinegar and ‘old boy’s jam’ (several fruits in eau-de-vie). No huge quantities of fruits in the background either, rather some coastal notes, seashells, seaweed… Not often to be found in 1972 Clynelishes. Also some antique wood, beeswax, dried fruits (here we go!), figs, dates, litchis, tangerines, then oriental pastries, something earthy, humus… It’s all very complex! It’s also rather sooty. With water: more damp wood and these balsamic notes are back as well. Smells almost like mead now. A very old, long forgotten wine cellar? Mouth (neat): one again, it’s not as directly fruity as expected, rather resinous and slightly bitter (Jägermeister). We have also many spices, soft curry, liquorice, maybe even a little pastis, an obvious saltiness, quite some orange zests and marmalade… What’s more, it’s easily sippable at 55%! Keeps developing, becoming very, very lemony (liqueurs). Not a classic 1972 Clynelish but this kind of variant is truly excellent. With water: rounder, more honeyed, with the lemon remaining in the background and then more soot and even a faint smokiness. Quite some salt as well. Finish: rather long, maybe a tad more ‘fuzzy’ than usual and more on stewed fruits and bananas flambéed. In the aftertaste: a lot of liquorice and even more salt. Comments: this will benefit from a little breathing once the bottle’s been opened. It’s rather richer and ‘wider’ than other Clynelishes, I guess it all comes down to what you’re expecting from your Clynelish. But quality’s very, very high for sure. SGP:652 - 91 points.


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