Clynelish 1974 WF

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Fair (WF)
Stated Age
32 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 sep 2008 4:16 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2363.00

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1974 WF

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.02 points.

  1. aphex scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Quick notes from a crazy session.
    The debate during the tasting was Brora or Clynelish. For me this one is between. Very broraesque with its big barnyard notes but also clynelish-ish (sorry) with its yellow fruits and wax.
    A great whisky anyway.
    • Nose
      Farmy, earthy peat, lemons, oranges, yellow fruits, smoke, light coastal notes.
    • Taste
      Very farmy again, a touch of leather, slightly waxy, candied lemons, exotic notes. A touch of pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, earthy, fruity, zesty.

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  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A superb rise in power.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A nice dose of fruit. Apricot, peach, bergamot.
      Light warm bread. Umeboshi.
      Salt, spray.
      It is borrowing from a pretty austerity.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it is soft, creamy.
      Exotic fruits. Passion fruit, papaya, jackfruit, kiwi.
      White pepper, root, ginseng.
    • Finish
      94 94
      A little dirty finish, on sweat, fruit, cream. A delight.

  4. greg_0277 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    oily texture, the waxy side is present, the humus, undergrowth, mushrooms then gives way to yellow fruits. alcohol brings a maximum of pep and liveliness without being aggressive. Despite this oily texture, no heaviness, it is very fresh.
    Very long finish

  5. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Grassy fruity waxy , very nice

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Starts really good on the nose, is really fresh on the palate and long finish but nt too complex in my mind - quite some bitterness in the end
    • Nose
      93 93
      Beeswax, green bananas, yellow fruits, hints of peaches, grapes, whiffs of smoke, minerals, stones, limes, little grassy, sea breeze - great!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, zesty, more green fruits, a bit leafy and herbal, some saltiness and fruitiness, limestone, more minerals - very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, burning, more zesty, grapefruits, a tad bitter

  8. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    That's right, it alternates between Brora and Clynelish, with Brora predominating for me. Great stuff, especially the complexity and the permanent change is class.
    Swims well.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Undergrowth, Broraeske - farm notes, yellow fruit, vanilla, dense.
      Fine wood notes and gradually also clearly bee and candle wax. Multilevel and constantly changing.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The aroma of the nose continues. Tight and full, voluminous, here too more Brora than Clynelish. Complex. Wonderfully harmonious, oily and complex.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, intense, dry finish. Persistent.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I have tasted some older clynelish and loads of Brora, this tastes like a Brora to me.There are very few 1974 Brora, was it a stencilling mix up, either way this is very very good.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Clynelish or Brora either way its very good indeed.
    • Nose
      This smells quite peaty and briny with honeycomb and orange
    • Taste
      That tastes like Brora to me, its the peat mixed in with fruit with something a little farmy.

       The peat remains constant but the fruit in in the background on a little plum and raspberry. It has that dirty Brora feel to it, almost a little roughness, gritty if you like, not particularly waxy like Clynelish is.
    • Finish
      Long, warming, restrained peat and distant stewed fruits.

  11. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2012]  I found this dram in an advents calendar sampled by MaRa.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95.  My notes state this clearly is a Brora (you know, in 1973/4 the distillery cask stenciling with Clynelish-A (new distillery) and Clynelish-B (old Brora distillery) was sometimes incorrect and in doubt Diageo sold all stuff as Clynelish only which is right anyway. That is why there are no vintage 1973 Brora at all).

  12. Jeep51 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A Clynelish Broraesque. Excellent in any case
    • Nose
      Austere fruitiness! Very surprising and interesting mixture of yellow fruits, plums, wax and a little honey with mineral notes (flint), clean (spray) and slightly farm (straw). Woh. Very good.
    • Taste
      Attack sweet, syrupy see oily. Fruity attack then after a few seconds a big kick of vegetable peat. A little cold ashes and a lot of ginger and clove.
    • Finish
      Long. More dry now. Always ginger, cloves and pepper. A little hot, pungent but not alcoholic.

  13. tebond968 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 32y 1974/2006, 58.6%, TWF, 266 bottles - Highland - 94/100
    Bourbon Hogshead barrel. Nose is delicious, with lots of peat, rubber and 'farmy' notes. Charcoal. Also very peaty in the taste. Greasy, slightly sweet and after that it is also spicy, with lots of pepper. And liquorice. Pretty 'Brora' all, and therefore my cup of tea. A lot of smoke also, especially in the long finish. Sublime!

  14. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Was this a mix-up of spirit? We'll never know, but a wonderful combination of Clynelish elements with big Brora influence. We can only applaud it of course - it's stunning.
    • Nose
      As if a Clynelish cask and a Brora cask were mixed. It shows a restrained Clynelish fruitiness and a little pollen, but also much more flints, minerals and peat than most other Clynelishes. Leather. Farmy notes too (hay, stables). Clean coal and cold ashes. A fair amount of oak spices and herbs as well (pepper, liquorice).
    • Taste
      Quite assertive, even more peat now, nicely oily with big peppery notes. A mustard sharpness up front, and nice fruity roundness in the back. Grassy notes, herbs. Some tar. On the palate more Brora than Clynelish I'd say.
    • Finish
      Long and peppery. A lot of liquorice notes but still whiffs of fruit.


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