Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Acorn (Ac)
Bourbon Cask
57.4 % Vol.
700 ml
White label
Added on
25 Nov 2012 12:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1990 Ac

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] Ooooh, how I love these virgin Whiskybase entries - no one owns a bottle, no one tasted it ever before and no one wants it. So no preoccupation when cracking this bottle open (that I bought for 56 Euro in November, 2004), so the stage is all prepared for a new act...

    ...and it is a shooting star! I never ever had any below-average Acorn bottling - actually, I never had an average-only either. But this one really is "Top of the Pops": a just 12-years old Clynelish dram that leaves you flabbergasted and full of thankfulness to be able to taste such a gem. Why the hell did I buy just one bottle back in 2004????
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a ... oops, not an easy to identify profile. There are some slightly cheesy aromas (comparable to some Longrow bottlings) that are unusual but not unpleasant. Beside this not many sherry aromas shine through, rather vanilla-toffee and indeed - after studying the label I recognise this is a bourbon cask maturation (wow, what a dark colour for a bourbon cask!). There are nice spices and white chocolatey aromas in a great balance with many other (but hard to name) flavours. This is a nose to explore and investigate for hours but I am afraid you will never discover the secret of it... This is whisky fun at its best (sorry, Serge for high-jacking your trademark!).
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is unbelievably complex for a 12-years old bourbon maturation and in a blind setting I would have guessed a sherry cask or something rather strange but never ever a bourbon cask. Wow, this really blows your minds off! Dozens of different flavours attack your taste buds in a coordinated offense but not to overwhelm them but to please them, instead. Serge would call the "antimaltoporn-brigade" in such a moment - I rather serve me a second dram... (why share such a beauty with a whole brigade???). Water turns the dram smoother and releases more flavours so I like it both neat and reduced (another characteristics of excellent whiskies).
    • Finish
      94 94
      The whisky arrives warming and charming on my taste buds with no distracting moment whatsoever. Simply enjoyable! The finish is very long and very satisfying with more creamy and fruity flavours that really pep it up. No distracting bitter-drying-astringent moments whatsoever - just very, very quaffable.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Thank you, HS305 for buying this bottle in 2004 and opening it last night. I consider myself the AMP-brigade with a head count of 1.;-)
    And what an honour it is.

    Not sure who had the better job last night. HS305 was writing himself into the whiskysphere, I was drinking myself there;-)

    Nothing I can really add to his tasting notes as we exchanged thoughts.

    What a fantastic Clynelish.
    • Nose
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    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
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