Clynelish 1997

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 151.05

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.80 points

  1. matt.schwarz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. 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;

  3. aspa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, typical clynelish with green apples, citrus fruits and mineral wax. Like the 14er overlaid with a little dry sherry. The barrel did not drown out the character in any way, it only added something subtly. Orange peel, honey, and a certain sparkle. Soft without alcohol, but that was to be expected with 46%. Light raisins and a little something from the spice market, that's probably the dry sherry barrel. Then comes a wave of strong wax, beeswax from candle making, and mineral aromas mixed with light sherry again.
    Very nice nose that is clearly based on the 14 and simply adds some well-fitting aromas. This is how it works with post-maturation!
    Much less dirty and mineral sherry than, for example, our forum bottling, the barrel is much less represented here!

    Tart and dry variant of the nose, less fruity and less tangy. Almost a bit flat, a slight disappointment compared to the great nose. A little more from the bitter sherry barrel, slight bitterness, espresso and leather. Mineral and waxy, but only in the background. It's also only fruity in the background, but the citric acid comes through well.
    Delicious, but somehow not very complex and for me a step back when you compare it with the 14er.

    Medium length with tart and slightly bitter sherry, espresso, light wax and now even less fruity than before. Somehow nothing interesting remains, it's delicious to have the taste in your mouth, but almost a bit boring and well, just delicious but without clearly defined flavors that can be explored well.

    The nose is great and I like it better than the 14th original, but then unfortunately it doesn't go quite on the same level. Maybe I just have to give the dram more chances. Today rather closed and a little less distillery than I had hoped. A tasty and good drinking whisky, but nothing special today.
    N-89, T-85, F-84 for 86 points
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Initially almost austere, with plenty of chalk and dry/astringent mineralic notes. Gets more vinous the longer it's left to breathe in the glass. Ends up in sweet-and-sour country, with trademark Clynelish waxiness, red berries, pipe tobacco, dusty old oak, furniture polish, and a distant whiff of peat (or is that cask char?). A bit soft, but not simple, and very well-composed.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty full and satisfying considering the strength. Spicy from the get-go, with nice, prominent touches of European oak. Chocolate, charcoal, dried red fruits, dusty, dried-out red wine barriques, but also a persistent sweetness with a sour aspect. Sticky mouthfeel - it's almost as if the typical Clynelish oils and waxes come through more in the texture than in the flavor. Hugely quaffable yet complex enough to warrant your interest.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dark cocoa powder, drying and tart tanninicity, charcoal / peat, acai berries and a weird fizzy, winey touch, like sparkling rosé. Bit of a letdown.

  5. 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

  6. the_muskox scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Good, but I prefer the regular 14. The sherry influence is quite light: it seems that the finish was either quite short, or the casks were not so fresh. Even though I have a sample size of 1, the oloroso seco does seem to be a bit drier than I would expect. It’s very dry and savoury overall, which I feel like I might not jive with sometimes. Lots of notes that I really enjoy in the regular 14 are still here: the wax, the dark rye, the savoury spice. I think a richer texture and a longer finish would have improved the dram quite a lot.

    Nose: Sweet and lightly fruity. Plenty of strawberries, macerated with white sugar. Definitely some beeswax, as expected. Some gentle barley notes and a hint of grapefruit peel. A bit of salt, and something vaguely savoury sitting in the back. Ahh, some fresh-baked dark rye bread, which I think I remember getting in the 14. Some dried flowers, varnished hardwood, dry wine, and baking spices.

    Palate: Light texture. Less sweet than the nose. Floral and dry on the arrival, with potpourri, toffee, honey, and wax. Perfumed and slightly savoury on the development. Spun sugar, nutmeg, a hint of cumin, and some dried oregano. Some oak and mustard seed on the back end, maybe with some cooked vegetables as well.

    Finish: Light, slightly fragile. A bit more salt. Bubblegum, raisins, honey, and wax.

  7. Svarttt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    What a pity Diageo why not a new edition? I would have bought a bottle of it.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, oranges, raisins, but the typical clynelish notes still get through.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Forest honey, a nice load of spices, very waxy, creamy. A couple of nuts. Delicious
    • Finish
      84 84
      Here you notice the finish. Farewell, unfortunately, pretty quickly.

  8. The_Independent scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet ripe fruits - pear, apricot, grapes. Spicy. Wax. Fresh notes behind it: citrus and some washing powder (pleasant, even if it reads differently).
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, voluminous, very powerful start and a bit spicy. Very sweet, fruity, spicy, some cocoa, some oak.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Creamy, fruity, sweet and spicy.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 


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