Clynelish 1997 Arc

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Inaugural Release
Stated Age
14 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 sep 2011 1:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 65.00

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1997 Arc

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.14 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This Clynelish has a lot in common with the 12 Year Old from David Stirk
    that I tasted last summer.
    • Nose
      The nose is very sharp. Pepper, apples, citrus, a touch of wax. Flints.
      Not bad, but I am not yet impressed.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it is very spicy (pepper and ginger). Apples again, with
      citrus, soon followed by a salty twouch. Kind of crass and unpolished. Reminds
      me a bit of grappa.
    • Finish
      The medium long finish is sweet, but very sharp.

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  3. BeatF scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Especially lemons. Malty, with a touch of heavy background, undoubtedly a bourbon barrel.

  4. molar3rd scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: waxy lemony and a quite fresh. Green apple as in Granny Smith, and a slight cucumber note as well.

    Palate: Cereal bowl with chocolate chips and lemon peel shreds. Malty and alcoholic. A bit metallic. Wee salt.

    Finish : salted butter over burnt toast, with some lemon jam leftovers.

    A very interesting dram, feels a bit young, and way to much lemon, if you like you whisky lemony, go ahead and get this one. it’s right up your alley.


  5. keshto scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A classic bourbon cask profile. Drinking it by itself I might have said it wasn’t the most Clynelishy Clynelish I’ve ever had but my notes from the tasting mark the clear through-lines we found between this one and the two older bourbon cask Clynelishes we had that night. Better then to say that this is not the profile the distillery aims for in their 14 yo. A good whisky for the summer: if not for the chalkiness and the hint of soap at the end I’d have this higher.

  6. Sjaunja scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    Result of a blind tasting (held Dec 24th 2012):
    49 people rated this malt with an average score of 77 points.

    Average score over all ratings 2012 : 67 points. So 67 points is the median.

  7. joep scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: lemon, raw eggs, bourbon, spices, bees wax, very soft with some floral tones
    T: bees wax, fruity - apple and pear, honey, cake and spices - pepper
    F: orange, grape fruits, butterscotch and floral

  9. Sonett scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    All good parameters in place but for some reason it does not really impress me
    • Nose
      A light and thin nose of pears, peaches, apricots, a little vanilla, hay and herbs. Also a irritating sharpness from the alcohol
    • Taste
      Comes into the mouth with a vanilla sweetness, then groing peppery tastes, then drying off a bit.
    • Finish
      rather short finish softening out from peppery tones over to a fruity sweetness

  10. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Quite a sharp nose undiluted, masking any complexity. A fair few drops of water were required to release fruity tones (apples and citrus fruits) with faint vanilla in the background. Also harsh on the palate without water. I found it difficult to get a good dilution point to bring out the palate, with it quickly switching from harsh to simply flat. Medium length finish, once again with some rough edges.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Willie JJ scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a sweetie. A really nice cask of Clynelish.
    • Nose
      Very mineral like cutting granite with a Stihlsaw. Plenty of fruit with peaches, pears, manarin oranges and a splash of lime. Hints of cedarwood too.
    • Taste
      Very sweet vanilla delivery that is soft like custard with tinned peaches and a dusting of cinammon. Delicious.
    • Finish
      Now the cinammon and other spices take over and linger for an incredibly long time.

  12. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Young Clynelish that's behaving more like a lemon brandy.
    • Nose
      A slightly austere Clynelish which starts on linseed oil, flints and wax, followed by light fruity notes (lemon skin, apple) and some flowery hints. A very mineral profile.
    • Taste
      Sharp and pretty mineral again. Apples again and big zesty lemon (homemade limoncello without the sugar). Hints of tonic water. Grows more austere with grassy notes, ginger and salt. A tad too raw for my taste.
    • Finish
      Medium long, clean, sharp and zesty.

  13. I_SPEY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale gold 

    Nose(neat): clean, with fruits and notes of wax and very nice vanilla;(ww) same, but smoother.

    Taste(neat): thick, oilyish and remarkable nice lemon and the vanilla! 

    With water: holy Moses: a fantastic taste - a perfect whisky, very smooth and rich, very drinkable!

    Finish: moderate long.

    Comments: a lovely and complete Clynelish.

  14. magic_slim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very good typical young Clynelish.
    • Nose
      Mellow and fruity with linseed and waxy notes is my first impression. Clean and fresh with green apples. Whiffs of orange blossoms are coming up and a little vanilla in the back. Pleasant.
    • Taste
      Warming and rather spirity with mineralic, waxy, vanilla and linseed notes coming to the fore. Fresh and clean, fruity (oranges) and with additional pepper compared to the nose.
    • Finish
      Medium long - remains pleasant and clean.


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