Clynelish 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Double Matured in Oloroso Seco Cask Wood
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Cl-Br: 175-7l
Added on
19 Oct 2012 7:46 am

Average value

€ 117,12

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.73 points

  1. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The finish is really good for the Clynelish. The sherry does not overshadow the other flavors. Delicious.
    • Nose
      beautiful, not too intrusive sherry flavors; slightly spicy oak; sweet, dark dried fruits; the alcohol is very well integrated; in time it gets sweeter; dark forest honey is paired with toffee and chocolate
    • Taste
      creamy and neatly sweet; light sherry; Forest honey; a little bit of pepper; dark apples and churches; Chocolate; the longer the malt stays in the mouth, the spicier it gets; the alcohol is only slightly noticeable
    • Finish
      medium; nice fruity with a dark sweetness; Vanilla and apples; Chocolate and raisins; a great, decent sherry is here; getting slightly dry, the oak at the end is again neatly pressed;

  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Nose: Not unlike the 14er OA but without its lightness. Everything looks a bit "darker". More notes of orange, dark honey and caramel. The spicy oak, fresh citrus notes and slightly sparkling alcohol are still there. The ripening in the Oloroso barrel enriched the malt without robbing it of its character!
    Taste: again very creamy and tingling - Clynlish simply offers a great mouthfeel, A huge honey sweetness and peppery oak explode in the mouth. The finish is accompanied by delicate chocolate flavors and walnuts. The finish is medium long and is carried by the oak but determined by sweet dried fruit.
    By the Nachreifung again a tick better than the already good 14er OA. This version from 2012 is also better than the one from 2011.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. matt.schwarz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: a bit of smoke, notes of furniture polish, wax and spicy honey
    ne ripe pear with few bruises floating there probably synonymous with it. Salt and at the back somewhere a handful of barley grains

    Taste: at first a very light sweetness, but rather subtle, not as sweet as sweetie. A little sharpness and then something like "pear with nutmeg".

    Finish: warming, the pear remains for a while, the seasoning also, if a bit weaker.

    Comment: So I think that's great! This is not a show in the mouth, but a rock-solid, sauleckerer Malt with recognition value.

  4. Gere scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    typical Clynelish with very fine sherry
    • Nose
      Vanilla and Caramel rise first. Then follow pretty sherry notes, orange nutty and even slightly cinnamon. If the glass is slightly tilted, the whole range of fragrances comes clenched. gloriously
    • Taste
      Honey (acacia) sweetness combined with light oak flavors. The nose promises more than the palate gets.
    • Finish
      a light tingling first and then come again very discreet sherry notes on, disappear and leave a pleasant fresh palate.

  5. Whisky101 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic, lively and complex. Just let it open up and develop in the glass. Sherry lovers will really enjoy this dram. 
    • Nose
      Light honey, burnt toast, slightly damp wood. 
    • Taste
      Rich, luxurious sherry hit. Good sherry hit with a nice aftertaste. 
    • Finish
      Medium sherry finish. Fruit cake. 

  6. ahroeen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: alcohol, oranges, nutmeg. Cinnamon? Well-balanced wood. Quite light, but the sherry comes through.

    Taste: alcohol peppers the tongue. Also some black pepper. Orange zest, chocolate, honey and caramel.

    Finish: medium, tapers off to some dry wood and fresh orange zest.

    Not bad at all, even though the alcohol sharpness disturbs the flavours. Might develop with some time in an open bottle, though.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Does not take much water. Complexity is mainly wood influence; but good wood. Nice dram. Interesting variation on the standard theme.
    • Nose
      w/o water: Full, complex, BBQ-honey marinade, clove, savory herbs, marmelade.

      w/ water: lighter, less spicy, more wood
    • Taste
      w/o water: sweet, metallic arrival. Licorice wood development and sweet and sour citrus. Mouth filling, warm.

      w/ water: sweet arrival. Honey, wood and citrus sour development.
    • Finish
      Long, long finish of sweet citrus. A little smoke. Sweet fruit in the background.

  9. avansele scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Kahzarr scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83


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