Clynelish 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.35/100
votes
101
Whiskybase ID
WB218145
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2022
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak, PX & Oloroso
Strength
58.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281070810
Added on
26 sep 2022 11:11 pm by el Gato
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 203.75

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101 × member ratings

137 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Clynelish 12-year-old

23 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.35 points.

  1. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not your typical Clynelish, which is the fault of the sherry casks. This bottling needs some air and time in the glass. The price of this bottling is not justified.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry influence immediately noticeable. Taste of panetone, Xmas cakes, sweet cherries.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruity notes of orange, apples and cherries
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short finish that gets a bit dry, fruity, hot chili.

  2. dillz scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Decent and flawless young-ish sherry whisky, but for me it is a bit too cask-driven and therefore somewhat lacks the typical "clynelishness". At this price, a hard pass.

  3. galg33 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      mmm. Sweet Xmas cakes, with lots of sweet muscovado sugar, and sweet danishes topped with carmelized baked red apples, golden syrup, and vanilla custard. More sweet sultanas and dates with stewed orchard fruit (apple, pear, apricots), sweet toffee, and a hint of chalk.
    • Taste
      The palate is thick and oily, with a peppery zing and alcohol heat on the first sensation, then getting sweeter and fruitier with more stewed apples, dried fruit (mainly sultanas), and some spices, in addition to rum-infused dark chocolate Pralines, a drizzle of wild honey too.
    • Finish
      Chocolate, spice, and apple pies, with zingy pepper and lingering sweet sultanas.

  4. Odinson scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  6. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. TomP scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. springtank scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Mapl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    My summary this year:
    The Talisker convinced me and is my favorite this year.
    The Lagavulin is on hold because it always has a few points in the open bottle
    catching up. Next up this year is the Cardhu worth mentioning as far as the sweet ones go
    likes notes of rum finish. The singleton is ok, but goes very much in the wine direction.
    Everyone else disappointed me. Unfortunately I haven't been able to try the Cameronbridge yet

    My ranking of the SR 2022:

    Talisker 11-year-old 88
    Cardhu 16-year-old 87
    Lagavulin 12-year-old 86 (it gets better! towards 88+)
    Singleton 15-year-old 86
    Oban 10-year-old 85
    Clynelish 12-year-old 84
    Mortlach NAS 82

    Cameronbridge 26-year Not tested
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A peppery Clynelish. Nice but would have expected a better choice for the Special Release

  11. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Finished in Pedro Ximenéz and oloroso casks. It's also got the elusive Scottish wildcat, Felis Sylvestris, on the label as the distillery is located among its natural habitat.
    • Nose
      Sweet, christmas cake, maple syrup, baked apples, pears, toffee, sultanas, honey
    • Taste
      Thick, oily, creamy, some beeswax (but less than we are used to from Clynelish), stewed fruit (apples, pears, oranges, apricots), dark chocolate, rum, sweet sherry
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, fruity, chocolate, spicy (pepper, chili, cardamon), drying

  13. Obynapewno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Light, sweet, baked apples, vanilla, salty caramel, dried apricots, some wood and wax
    • Taste
      87 87
      Delicate, sweet, fresh, fruity, wood, a little dust, vanilla, caramel, dried apricots
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, nice, sweet, pepper, wood, a bit of fruit

  14. geriud scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. robbert88 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice whisky
    But the price is absurd

  17. MaroFF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I am not one of those folks who follow Clynelish, but this release is really very decent. Lots of fruit, herbal flavors and well-hidden alcohol give this whisky a good note.
    • Nose
      84 84
      delicate, creamy, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, a handful of herbs, candied peaches
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet, fruity, wine, strong sherry, raisins, a bit of oak, leather, red berries, honeycomb
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, warming, slightly bitter with notes of bitter orange and dried dates

  18. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Bright, straw color. Oily structure.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Soot. Dust. Ash. Wax. Some citrus underneath. A little more citrus in time. Mineral. A pinch of spices. Dark berries underneath. Berries. Red berries. Salt. After trying on the nose, more berries come out.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Thick, oily structure. Dust. Spices. Wax. Sweetness. Baked apples. Red fruit, dried fruit. Sherry can be felt here. Lots of spices. Berries. Berries. Maybe even some tannins.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Feel the influence of Sherry. Dark berries. Berries. Dried fruits. Spices. Ginger. Some salt. Dessert chocolate with nuts and raisins. Long finish.

  19. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Matured on a combination of refill American oak and PX/Oloroso 'seasoned' barrels.

    N: The first sniff is sweet on baked apples, pancake sugar (the light brown Graeffe variety), salted caramel and butterscotch, dry apricots and some birch sap. You have to wait a minute or two for it, but eventually the almost obligatory beeswax also appears. Feel free to make candle wax out of it.
    S: WYSIWYT. Huh? That stands for 'what you smell, is what you taste', which it is a fine continuation of the nose with apricots, salted caramel, apples in the pan, supplemented with gingerbread. The waxy notes are getting louder and very beautiful. I now have pastry butter and crème au beurre. A salty also appears in the background. And the whisky seems to be gaining strength. Very seductive and entertaining.
    F: The finish seems to be constantly in motion. Does that make sense? Very long with a drying terminus.

  20. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    it didn't have the waxiness to me as much, I think because I didn't spend enough time with it
    • Nose
      90 90
      bookshelf
      leathery
      glue
      factory
      "honey"
    • Taste
      89 89
      sultans
      ginger
      salty
      spicy
      peppey
    • Finish
      89 89
      dry
      medium long

  21. abv40 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Was super excited to try this cask strength, briefly sherry-cask-matured Clynelish but ended up slightly disappointed. Quaffable, but lacking the Clynelish waxiness that's seems somewhat suppressed by the harsh sherry. It's kind of rough on the palate too.

  22. SimpletonOfDufftown scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Signature beeswax/honey. Sultanas, lemon custard. Peppery palate, full-bodied and rich with decently integrated alcohol. Very good dram, but lacks complexity.

  23. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

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