Clynelish 1989 TI

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Thosop Import (TI)
Bottling serie
Handwritten Label
Stated Age
23 years old
Bourbon Barrel
53.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 apr 2012 11:12 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 542.10

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1989 TI

9 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.56 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This is the kind of whisky that can easily demand an hour of my
    attention (although you can simply enjoy it without thinking too much about it
    as well, obviously). Does not need water whatsoever. This is a cracker dram and
    one of the best Clynelish I have tried so far. Will set you back about 130 EUR.
    • Nose
      The nose is very fruity and creamy. Gooseberry, blueberry, apple pie and
      lemon tart. In short: fruit and pastry, with a load of vanilla. But the typical
      coastal character that Clynelish aficionados relish, is certainly there. Wet
      rocks and some sea salt, while the fruit no doubt keeps the upper hand. Nicely
      spiced as well. This is the good stuff!
    • Taste
      Ooh, the palate is spoiled with a truckload of sweet citrus. Like those
      caramelized orange slices dipped in chocolate, but without the chocolate. Well.
      You know what I mean. Creamy on vanilla, beeswax, caramel en very spicy on
      black pepper and cloves. Reminds me a bit of the Clynelish 1989 from Malts of
      Scotland that I tried a few weeks back. But this one is closer to the classic
      Clynelish profile. More coastal elements (wet stones and some seaweeds), even
      though the sweetness dominates.
    • Finish
      The finish. Oh, yes, the Finish. This is a minute long pleasure ride of
      sweet fruit and smoke. One could do (a lot) worse.

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  3. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Clynelish. Complex, waxy, mineral, fruity and spicy.
    • Nose
      Gentle and fresh. Honey, floral notes, vanilla cream and apples. Also coastal and mineral notes (seabreeze, granite, hessian) and whiffs of citrus with lemons and grapefruits.
    • Taste
      Waxy and sharp (yes, it's possible), spicy and fruity. Vanilla, lemons, grapefruits, pepper and ginger. Hints of tropical notes (passion fruits or mangoes).
    • Finish
      Long, zesty, peppery, grassy and slightly salty.

  4. EJS scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at Gathering 2018 (Geert and Bero)!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Mark-E scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2017

    I think so far the best Clynelish I ever tasted.

    Thank you Falnor for suggesting this one!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. vredensever scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma : spices (vanilla, cinnamon, pepper), bread notes, pastries (shortcake with berry jam), fermented berries, fruits in variety, slightly mineral. The taste is spicy (spices (pepper, vanilla, cloves), fruit sweetness (candied fruits, citrus), cream, a little salt, a hint of smoke. Aftertaste : lightest smoke, fruits, spices (pepper and vanilla). Conclusion . Consecutive, bourbon whisky. There is nothing to complain about. Pretty nice. However, it did not catch too much. Score 88 (n22t22f22b22).

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 22y 1989/2012, 53.5%, Thosop Handwritten Label by The Whiskyman, bourbon barrel, 138 bottles
    Ha, the Thosop must at first sight (first inhalation actually) not inferior, on the contrary. Very thick, concentrated and rich nose. Warm cake, juicy oak (big time), beeswax and vanilla stand out. In terms of fruit I note grapefruit (the pink variety) and gooseberries. Then salt and seaweed (we walk on the beach - Costa Brora) and even light smoke (we light a fire on that beach). If you add my notes from the MoS, you can read that this is a different profile. Less meadow (although now I also look a bit grassy), more salt, other fruit. More typically Clynelish. Also on the taste. Creamy and sweet: honey, vanilla, candy sugar. Grapefruit (here the white version), beeswax, candle wax, shoe polish, the whole waxy bunch. More herbs than on the nose (the alcohol does its job). Especially ginger, and perhaps some nutmeg. Hay. Minerals to the end. And here too, that little bit of smoke. Lovely. Long finish, waxy and salt. Well, the Malts of Scotland was great. This one is better. Clearly better. 92/100 Johan, Uncut

  10. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 22 yo 1989 (53,5%, Thosop 2012, bourbon barrel, 138 btl.)

    Nose: all these 1989’s seem to share a vanilla theme and a pastry-like quality. This one is certainly the same family, with sweet gooseberries, yellow apples and warm beeswax. No strawberries or pastry though. Instead it displays more coastal notes, brine and minerals than the MoS version, as well as more ginger and seaweed. Mouth: wow, rather perfect Clynelish style. Thick and sweet with vanilla, a little honey and candied lemon. All of this backed up by typical minerals and paraffin. A little pepper and whiffs of ginger. Developing on soft grassy notes. Great balance. Finish: long, fully displaying its mineral side now, its trademark wax and a soft hint of peat.

    Although the Malts of Scotland version had something unique (a buttery warmth and interesting jammy notes), this one is more typical with a balanced character of coastal notes and sweetness. It’s a more quintessential expression of this distillery. Dominiek and Luc sure know how to pick their Clynelish.
    Around € 130.

    Score: 92/100

    Ruben, on Whiskynotes

  11. yapi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 1989/2012 (53.5%, Thosop by The Whiskyman, bourbon barrel, 138 bottles)  Mmm, these 1989s tend to be hard to beat. Colour: straw. Nose: yeah well, this is pretty perfect. It's big, starting sharpish - as it should - and literally exploding into myriads of tinier notes including rocks, wax, coal smoke, lemon, hessian, grapefruits, cigar ashes, cough syrup, oysters, dry white wine (Champagne?), leather… And others. With water: an old box of Lusitanias by Partagas. Amazing. Mouth (neat): perfect. It's got everything, it's almost like a vatting of several epitomical vintages (wot?) A bit of 1972's tropical fruits, 1983's perfect waxiness, 1995 or 1997's austere grassiness and lemons (see above)… Again, it's just perfect. With water: got grassy and more austere, kind of smoky and tarry. Grapefruits and oysters in the background. Finish: long, sharp, zesty, grassy, with more pepper and brine in the aftertaste. Comments: extremely hard to beat indeed, and we're not far from pre-Brora Clynelish. SGP:463 - 92 points.

    Serge Valentin, on whiskyfun

  12. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur Color: pale gold

    Nose: Creamy vanilla, very fruity, lemon,
    Grapefruit and aromas of blueberries. A fresh salty pinch
    Sea air with underlying notes of smoke, ash and leather.

    Taste: Salty and oily-creamy onset with
    a lot of fruit juices of tropical fruit, with the
    Citrus notes keep the upper hand. Smoky maritime with lots
    Bourbon vanilla. A typical Clynelish that sticks fat on the palate
    and only then glistens with fresh, peppery aromas.

    Finish : Long, smoky-sweet fruit, backed with a hint of peat and black pepper.

    Comment: A great Clynelish!

    90 points (nose: 90 / taste: 91 / finish: 90)


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