Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
38 years old
Number of bottles
42.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Sep 2011 5:39 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3000.00

18 × in wishlist

67 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1972 SMS

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.30 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I used to have a bottle, but I traded it for something else. Glad that I now have the opportunity to taste it anyway. The nose is by far the best part of this whisky (90+). The finish is too bitter as CJ rightly says.
    • Nose
      Lots of tropical sweetness of pineapple, papaya and lychee. Melon. Custard pudding. Wine-gums. Vanilla and clover honey. Some leafy and flowery notes of lilac and violets. Rose-water.
    • Taste
      Gentle citrus fruit of lemon and lime. Grapefruit. Some kiwi-fruit and oranges. Hints of cedar wood. Cinnamon and caraway. Later on more on pine and eucalyptus. It's all a bit thin to be honest.
    • Finish
      Not that long. A little white pepper. Ginger. Bitterness at the end.

  2. Falnor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lovely dreamy nose with a beautiful bucket of fruit. The palate is weaker en becomes a little dry and woody in the end.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Clynelish 38 yo 1972/2011 (42.1%, Single Malts of Scotland, hogshead, cask #430341, 439 bottles)
    Already many fabulous Clynelishes from the TSMOS/Specialty Drinks
    racing team in the past… Colour: gold. Nose: well, all I can say is that
    this is very ‘Clynelish 1972’, and that it’s not tired on the nose.
    Beehive, yellow flowers and oranges, then more wax and a little
    patchouli, then flints, clay, iron and linseed oil. An absolutely
    perfect nose. Mouth: good attack, very lively, citrusy, typical, but the
    oak is sot of starting to take over indeed. It’s not that the spirit
    doesn’t manage to fight back but these notes of menthol and cinnamon are
    a wee bit too much. Just a wee bit… A tiny wee bit… Finish: medium
    length, a tad drying despite the beautiful notes of bitter oranges and
    mead that remain in the background. Pepper. Comments: right, it’s still a
    very wonderful whisky and it hasn’t lost its Clynelishness at all, but
    indeed we’re now slowly approaching the limits. I’m absolutely sure this
    was 92/93 points material five years ago… A great bottling nonetheless.
    SGP:562 - 90 points.


  4. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 89 points Super Administrator

    Certainly very good but a bit too much wood for my taste. It`s becoming a bit astringent for my taste.

  5. Sonett scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This one reminds a lot of some of the older Brora I have tasted.
    • Nose
      A soft nose of vanilla, slightly waxy, a hint of oak, grapefruit peel, herbs, summer flowers and a very light charcoal smoke. all very light elegant and thin. very much as a lowland
    • Taste
      enters the mouth with soft vanilla and oak switching over in a light and elegant charcoal smoke that quickly is taken over by soft growing spices
    • Finish
      Medium long dominated by fading spices ending with a hint of bitter almond and oak


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