Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
14 years old
Refill Bourbon
Number of bottles
59.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Oct 2011 10:24 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 179.00

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52 × member ratings

48 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 AD

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.29 points

  1. Gregers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Honey, beeswax, hay, toffee, orange zest, green apples. Nice, but a bit simple expression.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Vanilla, honey, hints of leather and dried apricot, good mouthfeel and alcohol not too dominant in spite of the strength, A bit syrupy, but some oaky dryness mixes in nicely, along with a bit of brine.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Nice and long, with nothing inpleasant joining the party. Notes of muscovado sugar and fruit cake left on the tongue.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 260 bottles from cask no. 4720

    Another great cask from this well known North-East Highland distillery. This one is from a refill hogshead and has a rich yellow golden colour that you would expect from active American Oak. On the nose also, the expected sweetness. Pineapple chunks, fresh-cut oranges, dried apricot with caramelized hazelnuts following along behind. Sweet to taste, with tongue-coating waxiness (key to this distillery) and a hint of honeycomb. After adding a little water, we get sugar puffs, whiffs of bog-myrtle, and a twist of lemon zest on the nose. Slight tongue prickle when tasted in reduced state, Sauvignon blanc. Medium length finish. A tea time dram, or perhaps even breakfast on your porridge…

  3. MasterMork scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. stoigniew scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    decent , young Clynelish

    90 / 100
    • Nose
      Ripe oranges, wax, bananas, cake, toffee (It's like slightly sherry notes, but it's bourbon in refill), after adding water a bit fresher, more citrus, a bit of freshly cut grass, in the background vanilla, fresh plums, mirabelle, acacia honey
    • Taste
      sparkling and a little oily, oranges, fresh plum, wax, apricots, a little bit dry because of waxiness
    • Finish
      quite long, slightly warming, with notes of orange peels and aromatic herbs

  5. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    N: for the alcoholic gradation it has, the alcohol really feels at a minimum. The aromas are free and overflow from the glass which is a pleasure. First of all there is a dominance of honey and wax that immediately leads us to Brora; In reality, however, what is astonishing is the very successful marriage with the cask, from which the distillate seems to have received a decisive mark. There is great personality: fragrant, dehydrated fruit (bananas, coconut); apricot jam and chestnut cream (wow!). Then, marzipan and as it becomes oxygen becomes more and more creamy. Give pandoro mirages, creme caramel, cream cannoncini! Also spicy woods (sandalwood?). Over time, mineral, as well; a character, the latter, which is accentuated with the addition of a little water, but the intensity of the marzipan and the fruit, if possible, can also benefit from the lowering of gradation. P: thermonuclear! An attack of languages ​​with a fruity flavor of rare exuberance. Wide tropical suggestions (coconut and papaya), then a whole orange grove whisked in a jam jar. Very juicy, but offers more: still honey, then brown sugar and oily dried fruit (almond oil). It seems to us sometimes even slightly peppery. With water, everything is rounded and unexpected perspectives open for the return of the distillate, with mineral, peaty and waxy notes. F: long, very long, suspended between a juicy fruit and a mineral composure. Sincere congratulations to Adelphi and the great Charles MacLean for the excellent selection process, which brought the classic dram of a thousand faces into bottles, intense, demanding but at the same time always desirable. http://whiskyfacile.com/2013/11/04/clynelish-19972011-adelphi-590/

  6. whiskas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Tropical fruit, pineapple, orange, grassy, dried apricot, vanilla, liquorice, caramelized hazelnuts
    • Taste
      Orange sourish, sweet honney, dried fruit. Mouthcoating and waxy.
    • Finish
      Sweet and dry mouthwatering finish with lemon and brine.

  7. alectron scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      fresh but with a nice musty maltyness, wet (malt) cookies, quite a bit of fruit (some fermented, some fresh - hard to pick apart, mostly apples, but also watermelon, peach & grapes), vanilla candles, yoghurt, some smoke, some fresh barley, faint brine (90)
      Later: woodyness steering through the fruits, less fruity, more vanilla or rather white chocolate, slightly more fresh barley & toasted cereals now, (88)
      W water: first of - less sweet, somewhat mineral now but mostly cereal notes, also some bread notes (76).
      Later w water: turning slightly sweeter, malty, fruits are coming back, mostly grapes now, but slightly watery & artificial/estery (83)
    • Taste
      barley sugar, malt, lemon, honey, cotton, oily, some scented candle wax, some apple notes, turning slightly sour at the end (86)
      Later: slow changing, still very similar after +1hr, slightly more woody in the end of palate plus some distant beeswax, (87)
      W water: less sweet, still malt & cereal, a touch yeasty. (81)
      Later w water:turning sweeter, developing some nice honey & chocolate chip cookie aromas next to the malt & cereal now (87)
    • Finish
      more malt & cereal notes, more fruits (red & sour apples), also a very slight meal-y bitterness (85)
      Later: slow changing, still similar after +1hr, licorice allsorts, a hint of white chocolate, nice woody pricklyness (86)
      W water: still cereals & malt, but sweetness comes back here, some vanilla & a few woody spicy notes. (84)


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