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Clynelish 1974

Overall rating
90.54/100
votes
152
Whiskybase ID
WB3487
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1974
Bottled
05.1998
Stated Age
23 years old
Strength
59.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
SD729
Barcode
5000281014623
Added on
01 Sep 2008 3:40 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1870.49

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152 × member ratings

216 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1974

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.54 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Is it a Clynelish or is it a Brora?  That is the most important question when tasting a 1973 or 1974 vintage.  Have you ever realised that there is not a single release of a 1973 Brora and less than a handful 1974 Brora releases all by IB?  Was Brora silent during these years?  No, it was not...

    But the processes of the two sister distilleries on the same property somehow mixed up during these years and the casks were not correctly stamped to identify from which distillery (Brora or Clynelish) the spirit came from (by that time they were just named Clynelish-A and Clynelish-B):  To avoid any claims Diageo decided to market all spirit from that period under the name Clynelish only (the same is true for some older vintages of Clynelish/Brora).

    So let's see what the flavour/aromas profile tell us about that.  I had four different old Brora from 1975 to 1982 yesterday and this one clearly fits into their profile.  Yes, I am pretty sure:  This spirit was distlled at the old Brora distillery...  It has the same big, fat, oily and mouth-coating arrival on the palate as the four drams yesterday, the peat level compares to the 1975 Brora Rare Malt as well as the beautiful complex and balanced nose and delivery does. 

    So anyone that could not afford to buy the completely overprized 70ies Brora releases, simply go for this one.  This is the cheapest 70ies OB Brora you can get these days (oops, I lifted a secret...but this will not help neither collectors nor investors, it is a hint for drinkers only)!
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    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A Clynelish with a big mouthfeel. I enjoyed the taste more than its restrained nose.
    • Nose
      Restrained as most noses of Rare Malts expressions. Fresh and grassy. Hay and Heather. Also green apples and some grapefuit. Briny.
    • Taste
      Very zesty. Spirity as well. Astingent. But also oily. Lemon and lime. Lots of liquorice developing into more juicy oakiness. Cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy. Gingery. White grapes. Bitterness at the end.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Textbook waxiness in nose and taste, with a block of peat on the tongue. The finish falls off somewhat. (Tasted w/o water).

    5cl sample
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      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. LDB scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Extraordinary. I have never come across such a perfect Clynelish so far. Words cannot tell.
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    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Green fruits, grapefruit, herbs, oily waxiness, very drinkable

  7. Jonathan Kleß scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    What strikes me, is that the general flavour profile is not far off of todays (1990s) Clynelish at all, and you might even get about 80% of the same aromas in a contemporary 14yo.
    What makes this immensly special is the clarity and intensity of it. Profound whisky.
    • Nose
      Intense, effortlessly complex. All the typical Clynelish markers are there, and all are amazingly clear, bright, almost sharp. First this very penetrating aroma of freshly cut lemon and blood orange.
      Lots of different, fresh green flavors, green apple, fresh coriander, mustard leaves, also a little vegetal, on pickled raddish, or even arugula.
      Sweet honey, tremendous beeswax, very clear, like burning candles. A pronounced minerality on warm beach sand and damp forest floor. Just a hint of vanilla and some white pepper.
      With time some beautiful herbal notes, Ricola's orange-mint, very Clynelish indeed.
      With water: A little less sharp and bright, rather lemon oil and candy instead of the fresh juice.
    • Taste
      Steady, honey-sweet arrival and then just a fruit-explosion! So lemony... Incredibly lemony, orangey, and tropical, green mango, lychees, gooseberries...
      Some aged notes, linseed oil, wood varnish, even more beeswax. A small hit of peppery oak and ginger.
      With water: Again rounder, sweeter, with a more balanced fruitiness and more pronounced ginger in the back.
    • Finish
      Zesty, nervous, very clean. Waxy on the cheeks, slightly salty, pickled ginger, with tiny bursts of sour grapefruit juice. Medium to short length.
      Water helps prolong the finish slightly and adds a nice elderflower fragrance.

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really good malt with fine citrus notes that I like. Nice to try a Clynelish from back then. Clynelish already has character and that brings excitement to the whisky.
    In terms of price, of course, it is now beyond good and evil.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly aggressive right after pouring. I'll leave it there for a few minutes.
      After just a few minutes, he behaves completely differently. Apricot peel. Pineapple. Plus a sweet and sour mixture that reminds me of candied citrus. The wood notes appear fresh and juicy. Also some lemon grass and lemon pepper. Again and again a certain hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      In short, sweet and creamy. Flowerhoney. Then nice start. Again these great citrus notes. Additional orange jam. It tingles pleasantly and the salivation starts. Ginger. Then waxy notes.
    • Finish
      Tree sap. Slightly floral. Orange peel. Becoming drier. A little cold smoke.

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Waxy peppery very fruity and fresh, excellent

  10. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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