Clynelish 1996 Sb

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
White Label
Stated Age
24 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Joint Bottling with deinwhisky.de
Added on
14 jul 2021 9:51 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 272.93

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 Sb

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.58 points

  1. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    One Secret Highland for Finest Whisky from Sansibar (FW), one Clynelish from Sansibar with deinWhisky.de (dW)
    Both distilled in 1996 and made from bourbon casks with a measly 0.1% difference in alcohol content.

    Hopefully this will be an exciting comparison.

    FW: Beeswax and propolis meet sour notes of apple and subtle herbal notes and damp stones. Gooseberry and tangerine. With water, the sour, tangy side comes into its own a little stronger.
    DW: Herbs, moist stones and honey on the nose, too, but with a stronger fruitiness. Mandarin, but also some lychee and mango. With a little water, the fruitiness is increased. A fruit basket glazed with honey. With some herbs: rosemary, dill, sage, a little mint.

    Pure in the nose the differences are more likely to be found in the details, with water the differences become clearer.

    FW: Quite sharp at the start, a little too burning for me. Nice fruity notes with water, paired with herbs and sweetness, with a slight acidity of kiwi and gooseberry.
    DW: A bit hot to start with, even on its own, but a little less spicy. A fruit-honey-herb explosion in the mouth. Very intense and expressive. In direct comparison a bit fruity than the FW. Great mouthfeel, and the fruit is reinforced with water. The fruits are more exotic than local, more in the direction of lychee, passion fruit, pomegranate, persimmon.

    FW: without water, strongly oak-accentuated, with water milder, sweeter and a little herbs. Both times medium to long finish.
    dW: also very spicy and clearly oak. Here, too, more accessible and pleasant in the finish with additional sweetness and fruit.

    FW: 90/100
    dW: 91/100

    In a direct comparison, the official Clynelish for your whisky has the edge. Less spicy to start with, more fruit, looks more harmonious overall.
    The unofficial Clynelish (I'll eat a broom if that's not one!) With the sour side that is not so obvious with the "official" one. It is quite interesting, but in the overall picture I prefer the stronger fruit. With this comparison, I would give the unofficial one a point less than before

  2. SteveW110 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Nose is exciting ... cotton candy, sweet apricot, great vanilla.
    The taste is primarily a heavy hay note, followed by grass and some fermented grass.
    Medium-long finish ...

    In direct comparison to the
    a little better...

  3. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Yellow fruits, beeswax candles, sage, peach, iodized salt, leather, honey, herbs, incense.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Ginger, compact and intense fruits, forest honey, nectarines, heather, candle wax, mango juice, herbal tea, extremely voluminous and lively.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Tropical fruits and spices, dry wood and cappuccino.

  4. tommi71 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    with water: it becomes more sour on the nose (gooseberries, the yellow apple turns green), I would omit the water

    Conclusion: an incredibly classic Clynelish that doesn't hide its DNA, but rather brings it to the fore, the very good bourbon cask supports the distillery character. For me the best Clynelish in a glass for a long time, even if the price tag is quite steep. Please give it some time in the jar to develop.
    • Nose
      Beeswax hits the nose first, followed by a load of vanilla pudding with some cookie dough, then a load of bright fruits like yellow apple, mirabelle plum and also some tropical passion fruit, along with white almonds, buttercream, soft clove and a few herbs like dry rosemary , the alcohol always stings slightly to bring out some white pepper
    • Taste
      Oily start, the dry oak contracts the cheeks, honey wax, light fruits with some fruit acid (gooseberries) as well as a few spices and herbaceous meadow hay
    • Finish
      long, really long, the finish lives on with a huge load of beeswax, followed by fruit and a fairly dry oak, which releases some salty tones at the back, hardly any bitterness despite the dryness

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tastes a lot like the Whisky Nerds', custard cream, wax, candied citrus, vanilla, tropical fruits, very good

  7. Maltimizer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Mild and waxy, apricot with vanilla, hay and leather. The alcohol is very well integrated. A light note of muesli, herbs and salt. After the first try, a clear note of glue comes through.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Tropical (fruit) storm in the mouth! This is followed by a clear chili note. A little too spicy for my taste! In the connection clear oak seasoning and hay, as well as leather and honey.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dry and long, oak spice very clear, the spiciness disappears quite quickly, just like the fruit.

  8. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the 14-year-old standard, it scores very clearly on the palate. Very voluminous, tasty, sweet. On the nose it has a nice flavor, along with honey, salt and herbs.
    Overall, however, a little less impressive than the age and especially the issue price would suggest.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion, it can't really set itself apart from the original 14y. But nice and waxy. Click here for the complete review: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/10/31/auf-den-spuren-des-namenlosen-highlanders-oder-waxattack/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. daverdaz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84


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