Clynelish 1974

Overall rating
90.55/100
votes
172
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

€ 2717.06

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172 × member ratings

236 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1974

26 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.55 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice complex and evolving Clynelish.
    With good ventilation, we gain almost 1 point with a profile that highlights the tangerine.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nose with several layers, very nice complexity.
      We start with a touch of wet grass.
      Then spices, pepper, ginger, cloves.
      Finally fruit, apple, a little ripe pineapple, tangerine and lime.
    • Taste
      91 91
      In the mouth it is round and oily.
      Apple, tarte tatin, chocolate orangettes, clementine, cocoa, light currant, pepper, cloves. Dried aromatic herbs, pepper. A little camphor.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and comforting finish.
      Pepper, tangerine skin, nectarine, light smoke, cloves, light caramel.

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  3. DrunkDude scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    scbp-8340, sweeter, but also rougher. It is closer to the kitten recognized by more people, and it belongs to the standard whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very modern bourbon barrel style, cucumber, temperate fruit, lemon peel, no peat, and more exciting. There are some rising mint water, condensed milk and coconut, which smells pretty basic. 86
    • Taste
      84 84
      Maltose, coconut sugar, ginger, nuts, the taste is high in alcohol and rising, with a strong sense of stimulation, barley sugar at the end, and the tail is spicy and brings out a bitter taste. The wine is medium-greasy, with low flavor concentration and more whiteness in the wine body. 84
    • Finish
      80 80
      Strong spiciness with lots of bitter citrus peel. The peel of the melon is strong. 80

  4. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. lucero scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    hs305 might be right it's a Brora. A great experience!
    • Nose
      93 93
      You could sniff the glass forever! Totally intense fruit and herbal cocktail without a miss!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Full-bodied and "mouthwatering"! Extremely fruity and just perfect (initial & body). The whole thing accompanied by a subtle Brora smoky note!
      IT: 93
      B: 93
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish but not as complex as nose and taste.

  7. aspa scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    nose
    Immediately after pouring, weirdly wild and aggressive. I then left him standing for an hour and went briefly to the sport ...
    And that also helped! After some rest and air in the glass, things really start. So you should definitely give the dram a lot of time!

    Very fruity, but not particularly sweet, rather fruit with a lot of fruit acid. And then the full load of beeswax, just like when drawing candles. In addition, mineral, chalky aromas. Yes, that shows the familiar profile. Green apples, citrus fruits with their associated acidity.
    Fresh grass, but then again clearly dominated by the wax and the apples. The apples combine these interesting sweet and sour flavors.
    The alcohol is now very well integrated, but the dram is already pushing a lot - power is at work here. The relatively high alcohol content is nice, well integrated but powerful.
    There is also a hint of smoke - this is where the Clynelish vs. Brora question arises. Then also a salty side, coast, sea and harbor.

    taste
    An explosion in the mouth - great complexity and great mouth-filling taste cinema. It starts with slightly smoky aromas of salt, coast, oysters, sea, and a port with old ships. Oily, with salty sea air and the smell of a ship's engine. Here I would clearly tend towards Brora.
    The typical Clynelish aromas come out again, waxy, mineral and with apples and citrus fruits. There is a lot to discover. The alcohol remains very well integrated, despite the high content.
    The maritime aromas remain clearly in the foreground. Salty and maritime sloshes back and forth with a little smoke and wax. At times I remember Port Ellen and then again many beautiful typical Clynelishs. Cool!
    There is little to write about, but there is a lot to enjoy in the glass. The complexity is shown here in the fact that these aromas already described play with each other, so nothing additional to describe here, but still to be enjoyed a lot!

    Exit
    long and now even more in the maritime sector, although beeswax is celebrating a nice revival again. The sea breeze is clear ahead, the port and the Asutern show themselves in salty air. The water is full of algae and a bit stale. Light smoke, light tingling on the tongue.
    Salt dominates. You could well have had a Port Ellen in your mouth here, but the waxy-mineral aromas show the way to the northern highlands. Simply delicious!

    Conclusion
    At the beginning I was a bit shocked how wild it was, but with time in the glass an absolutely great and typical Brora / Clynelish. Delicious, complex, you can spend a lot of time here and it never gets boring. I'm glad to be able to try this dram. I am almost at a loss for words, but I enjoy it more.
    Paints great, with a lot of power but also a lot of time-honored elegance.

    N-92, T-94, F-92 for excellent 93 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. 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
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. LDB scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Extraordinary. I have never come across such a perfect Clynelish so far. Words cannot tell.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Waxy peppery very fruity and fresh, excellent

  14. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  15. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peach, red apple and honey.
    • Taste
      More waxy, slightly peaty. Peppery as well. Vanilla, leather and cocoa.
    • Finish
      Cocoa, leather, honey, apple, orange and peat smoke.

  16. Glenjasper scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  17. Ed Radour scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  18. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. 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)!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  20. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  21. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    Nose - Very fruity, orange , lemon, apple, polish, cahew nuts?

    Palate - Still a bit raw, peat in the background, slightly bitter finish

    Finish medium long.

    I found this a little rough round the edges but I think that adds to the appeal. It opens up nicely with water.
    Not the best profile wise but I did enjoy it once my palate got used to it.
    Another enjoyable old Clynelish and well worth trying.
    • Nose
      Notes from January 2015.
      Very similar to the 1973 33 yr Prestonfield on honey, wax, varnish, peaty, fruity.
    • Taste
      A little rough but then fruit in the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      shorter than expected.

  22. zby0001 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  23. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Full bodied, firm. An uncomplicated pre-dinner dram
    • Nose
      Fresh,leafy,grassy. Toasted digestive biscuits.Smoky and sweet,like molasses.Spicy.Brackish.
    • Taste
      Bitter lemon fruitiness,spiced with tarnarind. Malty.Leaves a slight oily coating on the palate.
    • Finish
      Slightly smoky,dry finish. peppery and brackish saltiness present through the last round.

  24. 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.

  25. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    **my rate #1000**
    N: sourish, Christmas cake, bourbon fruits, meaty, later raisins, grass, butter (Brora), butter scotch like Glen Garioch and white pepper
    T: banana, grains, floral, chocolate and honey
    F: some tannins, spices and vanilla
    tasted with Aby and JJ
    highly recommended sample available on www.whiskysample.nl

  26. aby scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    nose: slightly bitter and earthy, then grass/hay, wax, mineral

    needs time to open up, after a while: more wax

    taste: was, grass, lemonoverall: i like this a lot, it has elements of it`s sister distillery Brora  90p

    sample available at: whiskysample.nl

  27. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. Malt Hans scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Malty

    and fruity aroma, ripe melon, yellow apples, vanilla, orange juice,

    peat, lemon and hay. Vanilla sweet taste, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper,

    anise, heather honey, peat, herbs and malt. Long, spicy and malty end.

  29. magic_slim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good whisky - although I had the pleasure to taste some old Clynelishs recently, that were even better.
    • Nose
      A little closed at the begninning and slightly tingling. Spirity (schnapps) and fruity with notes of citrus, quinces and apples. Quite waxy but there are also vanilla and slightly floral notes.
    • Taste
      Powerful but not very complex. Mirabelle schnapps and barrique notes (toffee, resinous, liquorice). Wet stones and a little beeswax as well as slghtly grassy notes are present as well.
    • Finish
      Very long, bold and satisfying with notes of old wood becoming more and more dominant.

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