Clynelish 14-year-old

Overall rating
84.95/100
votes
1882
Whiskybase ID
WB38229
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Coastal Highland Single Malt
Stated Age
14 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
'Clynelish 14' in red
Barcode
5000281016528
Added on
07 dec 2012 8:33 am
Colored

Average value

€ 52.49

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 14-year-old

179 users have left 203 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.95 points.

  1. Matthias80 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    In itself quite ok in terms of aroma, still dominated by the distillery character after 14 years. Still a bit sharp and hardly present in the finish, so not a really good rating.
    • Nose
      Apple, some vanilla, very slightly spicy, hardly definable, overall fresh, some zest at the end
      If longer in the glass, then more citrus aromas
    • Taste
      Fruity-fresh, but with a bang, a certain spiciness is still there, decreases and becomes sweeter. Apple, yes, but less dominant than on the nose, ripe fruit with citrus, some vanilla, very light notes of honey.

      The second, slightly larger sip then reveals a small flaw, slightly spirity / solvent-like, but really very little.
    • Finish
      Not so rich, there remains a little fruitiness (banana, melon) and honey aromas, but not really much and only briefly.

  2. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I always found Clynelish a bit bulky, but the 14 was interesting with its waxiness. This batch is a little smoother and easier than I remembered. Malty, sweet, somewhat mineral. Far from bad, still a good standard with great PLV but also a little less exciting.

  4. EricLeeee scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful waxiness along with pear, one of the best waxiness appearance within such a price range.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. uap304 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is my second bottle and same score this time around. If I’m being honest, unfortunately I still don’t get that classic waxy note that I’ve heard so much about. And that’s fine, I certainly can’t blame the whisky for that. However at the same time I’m just left feeling that this is a bit bland overall.
    • Nose
      Apple juice, spices, and floral, with lavender at times. Bright, soft, and sweet in nice balance with the palate. At times, charcoal appears. Other times, lager. Cinnamon and vanilla bean. I do sense some plastic at times on the nose. With water, much more tame, which is saying a lot because this is not a whisky which speaks out loudly.
    • Taste
      Sweet and very effervescent. Dry and floral. Welch’s grape juice. With water, cinnamon candy. Again, soft and sweet in good balance with the nose.
    • Finish
      Fruits, chocolate, cream, and toffee and caramel at times. Again some lager tones. If I’m being hasty with this dram, the finish becomes hot with ginger and pepper along with bitter oak. Something in the early finish feels like orange soda which is very pleasant when present.

  6. Hsh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Oily Juicy Waxy Honey Vanilla
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. KEngelaar scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Bottled at 46% abv. in a slim bottle. Nothing fancy there. It has a hard to define nose. A very massive aroma. Slightly waxy in the beginning, which gives an impression of smoke, although it is not peated. After that it opens up and delives nicely.

    I have no idea, why the Flora & Fauna version of this whisky with 43% abv. exists. This one is better and it will keep you warm in the winter or when fishing. I recommend this for Christmas, not only as a present but also as a dram after dinner or when meeting neighbours.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Waxy at first, almost slightly peated. Maritime and floral. A slight citrus smell and sweet. After adding a few drops of water honey and vanilla and the citures smell becomes more clear towards mandarine.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy and silky, at first alcoholic, but as it dilutes in the mouth it becomes really sweet, like a pear cooked and served with stewed cranberries. Mouthwatering.
    • Finish
      88 88
      As the sweetness becomes weaker, the oak becomes more dominant, and the process is nice and smooth. Then some licorice appears along with a maritime note. The maritime note lasts longest and is quite refreshing.

  8. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    S 8
    The “very pleasing texture (to me it’s the rich waxiness) which is highly regarded by malt whisky connoisseurs” that’s stated on their tin since its birth is 90% gone if not completely lost. What’s left is a fruity coastal dram that’s light, clean and enjoyable, but nothing more. Got it on sale for £34, which remains an exceptional bargain in 2022 given all the hypes in the whisky world.

    [83-85] I'll get a bottle unless my bank account says otherwise.

    N 26
    Overall light and delicate on nose. Floral and coastal. Fresh ginger paste. Citrus fruit. A whiff of smoke and almost unidentifiable wax, or is that just nostalgia?

    P 26
    It all started with a slightly waxy and oily mouthful but quickly evaporated. Fruity and spicy. Sea breeze. Zingy citrusy. Butterscotch. Very lightly smoked malt. Dark wood shaped the entire palate by adding extra body to it. Warm spices (cinnamon, cardamon). Green apple.

    F 23
    Short-mid finish. Malt. Drying spices. Summer oak. A light touch of fruit sweetness lingering. A very mild touch of wax lingering in the background like ghosts.

  9. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    I have frequently compared this malt to the Arran 10, a personal favorite, and after finally sitting down and writing up some notes, I will continue to do so. Clynelish 14 is a gateway whisky for many people, and for good reason. Its flavors are well-balanced and well-structured, while the medium to light mouthfeel gives it a delightful smoothness— there are no significant off-notes or prickly points. It is the kind of malt that really introduces someone to the possibilities of scotch (for me, that was Green Spot— not scotch, but it got me into whisky)— scotch does not have to be an unpleasant spirit bound to burn the palate, lingering with an odd bitterness and destined as no more than a mixer. The Clynelish 14 does make a great highball, but it is also excellent to sip straight-up at the end of the day.
    • Nose
      Mellow sweet citrus, clovers, grassy sugars, old-fashioned lemonade, hints of beeswax and chalk.
    • Taste
      Medium to light body, citrus zest, minerality-chalk, beeswax, clover honey & chamomile tea, Nilla wafers, hints of butterscotch and pepper, ginger at the end.
    • Finish
      Medium-length with citrus and mineral (like zinc-based sunscreen).

  10. henryguo73 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  11. Djcris3 scored this whisky 70 points Newbie

    The new version of clynelish 14 and talisker 10 are bad

  12. rich_93 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Superb value for money. Malty but mixing delicious, thick dessert notes with tart, bitter citrus and orchard fruits. Would drink this any day. I don’t think the waxiness is comes across much in this bottling though.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lovely lively nose, clearly good quality of maturation. Clear signs of select oak casks… ok, just kidding, that’s what the tin says. Really, it seems like a good balance of mostly refill, with some first fill bourbon for roundness and sweetness. Juicy, ripe tropical fruit. So fresh! Zesty with grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruits. Spices starting to develop as well. Not as much waxiness as I’d hope, but especially with water it does appear. Interestingly, I had this in parallel with a JW gold, and that was more distinctly waxy. With water, I also get more pronounces sweetness, in the form of rich milk chocolate and caramel notes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Nice, thick texture. Fruity, sweet, fresh, bitter. Continuing on the same theme as the nose. Very highland, very malt-driven. Plenty of cereal-rich biscuits, honey, citruses (bitter grapefruit), orchard fruits. Develops fairly spicy, with ginger and black pepper. Perhaps even a hint of chilli leading into the finish, but not unpleasant.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dry, medium length and rather simple. This is where the casks make themselves known. Slightly woodier than I’d prefer. There’s fruits and herbs, but the wood drives it.

  13. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    An interesting single malt that initially appears very straightforward on the nose. It unfolds its full power on the tongue at the latest and, in addition to typical bourbon aromas, brings a clear influence of the barrel and the nearby North Sea coast.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/clynelish-14-years/
    • Nose
      At first he hesitates to let his aromas out of the glass. Then a distinct sweetness rises, which reminds me of honey and lightly caramelized sugar. Tart notes of oak are then added very quickly. After a few minutes, the fruit palette opens up more. The impression goes in the direction of slightly tart green apples and fresh citrus fruits such as oranges. With the slightly tart oak note in combination, it could also be bitter oranges.
    • Taste
      On the tongue it is oily, with an initial light and sweet taste. But then he quickly becomes much more powerful. The sweetness is very quickly replaced by maritime impressions and sea salt. The impression that arises is less that of a rough, stormy sea. Rather, it reminds me of a gentle breeze on the coast. The oak is also pushing more and more into the foreground.
    • Finish
      The sweetness almost fades, this will feel a bit drier. The citrus fruits can still be identified in the finish, but are then swallowed up by the oak.

  14. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Complex on the nose, characterful on the palate. Afterburn was a bit overwhelming.

    In my pre-historical scoring method, it's an 8.8/10.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Refreshing menthol. Coastal influences. Zesty lemon peel developed to mild honey and a touch of wax. Orchard fruit. Smoke at the back.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Quite light. Oak. Saline. Orange. Honey & vanilla. Waxy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Short, dry finish. Spices (pepper) quickly evaporated. Vanilla lingering

  15. tommy12 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    hahaha

  16. tommy12 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I tried the Clynelish 14 a long time ago. My brief notes were:
    full, round, sweet, long finish, strong, delicious, 87P

  17. tommy12 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    blue

  18. Vagmanou scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. TimkoT scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. Svjatogor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    n: citrus, fruity, lemon, grassy, green apples, meadow, clover, sour, honey, pollen, wax, seaweed
    t: oily, smooth, citrus, grassy
    a: pleasant, herbal, pollen, lemon peel, candy

  21. robbert88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      N: Immediately wax that Clynelish is so famous for. Candle wax, lemon, wilhelmina peppermint, bread, floral, fruity and I would almost say a small puff of smoke.
    • Taste
      P: wax, pepper, salty, citrus, wood, oily and creamy mouthfeel. Peach at the end.
    • Finish
      F: vanilla, peach, honey, wood bitters, oak, peppers, wax. medium long

  22. Obynapewno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is what a stand should taste like, and this is what whisky should taste like up to 40 euro. Honey, citrus notes, vanilla, apple, a bit of wax. A bit oily on the tongue, the aromas from the nose coincide, I would add some dried fruit that I did not smell on my nose. A very solid position

  23. larswehmeier scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Great standard with great value for money.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, hay, cream.
    • Taste
      Caramel. Cream. Toffee. Oak. Pepper.
    • Finish
      Spicy, dry.

  24. hazelburnboy scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Not very complex but good and pleasant. Pallet is hot; drinks stronger than 43%. Medium finish. Honey and wax carry across the nose, pallet, and finish.
    • Nose
      Sherry, wax, honey, apple, dough
    • Taste
      Beeswax, honey, honeycomb, oak, red apple,
    • Finish
      Oak, red apple, honeycomb

  25. Thatch scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    And the Clynelish 14 - how pleasantly different!
    It will definitely come to me as a large bottle - it's amazing that there is something like that for 40€.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, sweet floral aromas (orange peel, mint, flower meadow). And then this wax aroma, somehow beautifully integrated. Smells like a fresh scented candle. With water comes such a powerful change! Banana and other tropical fruits, ginger and a slight sweetness. Hammer!
    • Taste
      89 89
      BANANA! I've never smelled 50 cent jelly bananas so directly. Apple and mint also come out, vanilla and wax again, but this time more beeswax. Bitter notes that become stronger over time. Much milder with water, a balanced fruit and malt remains.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, fruity-bitter. A wonderful, mild conclusion to the varied aromas.

  26. romantickizzel scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Waxy mineral lemon finish with barley sugar. Really good if thats your thing

  27. bankimate scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. hzs275 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. Francishomola scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      light, uplifting, fruity, vanilla, mature malt, vinous,
      banana with a water 81
      revisited 23/03/22 82
      13/04/22 83
    • Taste
      82 82
      nice texture, full, oily, pepper,more waxy with water
      citrusy,
    • Finish
      81 81
      slight bitter, dry mouthfeel, more waxy note, with a water

  30. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    The perfect highland style presentation.
    The nose has a complex fragrance of flowers, pear, wood, apple leaves, and a hint of smoke.
    The mouth is very soft and harmonious, but the medium body has a rich taste experience. Personally, I don't seem to notice the "wax" that the public says. Maybe it is a sensation of wine sticking in the mouth?
    The end rhyme is long, and you can enjoy it again with another breath and a sip of water.
    It was bottled for 14 years, but it seems to have the experience of a higher age. A very outstanding bottle of whisky!
    The taste score is 86 points, plus 1 point for the price, for a total of 87 points.

  31. Polaku1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    You cant beat that price for a classy 14 year old. And classy it is. A bit oily but great aftertaste. Just dont know why the colour is a bit dark since they claim no artificial colouring has been used.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. JoachimV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Zest of oranges, mandarins, green apples, lemon, honey and wet stones. Then a salty sea breeze.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very nice, thick mouthfeel. Apples, mango and citrus fruit, candle wax, honey and ginger.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Mangoes, orange and lemon zest that remains.

      Price/quality a top! Very tasty!

  33. Marcel74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice soft yet fairly complex dram.
    • Nose
      My first impression was.. bourbon.. clear bourban casks matured whisky, behind that is the waxy character of this dram, with sweet florals in the background and the malt
    • Taste
      There soft entrance, sweets are dominant, the mouthfeel is that waxy in combination with powdered sugars that dissolve
    • Finish
      The finish is medium, sweet with some light green herbs and a little mint

  34. Romansen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. romantickizzel scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    An absolute treat and along with the Bunna 12 some of the best core entry level bottlings

    Slighty oily, waxy (it is though) with lime, tropical fruits, pears and very strong medium barley sugar/sherbet finish . Good balance with sweet sour. Great stuff

  36. pp1 scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

  37. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2021-09-19
    • Nose
      85 85
      it needs some air, then delicate smoke, apples, cookies, vanilla, surprisingly complex
    • Taste
      86 86
      I taste something that makes me suspect a sherry touch that shouldn't be there, slightly peppery, herbal, salty, mint, menthol, honey, waxy
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Beeswax, candlewax. Fresh milk, honey, vanilla, some lightly stewed apples and pears. Summer meadow with wildflowers. Slightly herby.
    • Taste
      Warming on arrival, delicate and moderate in body. Pastry/bready flavours with slight sweetness, rather like a croissant. A little bit of wood - well integrated and not too spicy or overpowering. Lemons and mint.
    • Finish
      Creamy, smooth, no bitterness. Very dry, with well-balanced alcohol impact.

  40. tommy12 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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  41. tommy12 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good standard whisky aged 14. Ideal drinking strength. Just a shame that it is colored.

  42. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. Don Cassi scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nose and mouth still convince with apricots, citrus and honey, but in the finish it has a bit too much dry wood, a shame
    Length: 4/10

    Edit: a few moons later the wood doesn't come out that abruptly and the malt is much smoother in the mouth 78-> 80
    Grade: 2

  44. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fruit. Ripe fruit. Ripe peaches and apples. Slightly smoky. Honey and caramel. There is a little alcohol. Beeswax knives.
    • Taste
      Ripe fruit, but also there is a distinct smoke. Spices. pepper. Citrus. Peaches. Honey. Vanilla.
    • Finish
      Sweetness at first. Caramel, vanilla and honey. Some ripe fruit. Peaches. A trace of smoke. A pinch of spices. A trace of a barrel. Medium-long finish.

  45. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A really nice and well-made standard. Great whisky. Excellent nose and also knows how to please in taste. As long as there are such OA standards, the whisky world is still reasonably okay, despite all prophecies of doom.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark yellow or light gold is reflected in my Premium Snifter and numerous legs run oily down the edge of the glass. The first impression is very appealing. Lightly perfumed, a flower meadow or, specifically, a lilac bush in full bloom. In addition, a potpourri of ripe yellow fruits such as pears and apples as well as apricots. Paired with a good portion of honey that is still hanging on the honeycomb and slowly dripping down. Alcohol is not felt, well integrated. With time in the glass you can still see some honeydew melon. The oak in the background is very aromatic.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A creamy, very waxy mouthfeel at the beginning. Interestingly, the Clynelish opens with a tangy, spicy and aromatic oak note which then quickly turns into a honey sweetness. There are also various fruit components from the nose, such as pear and melon. Now there is also a slight acidity, not unlike lemons. The 46% alcohol content is also very well chosen in terms of taste. The slightly peppery note at the beginning can be clearly assigned to the barrels.
    • Finish
      87 87
      This tasty combo of tangy, peppery oak and honey-sweet fruit continues towards the finale. The oak now also gets a little bitter touch, like a little brown or dark chocolate. But not with too much cocoa, the flavors always stay well balanced. All in all, the finish is medium long.

  46. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is fruity and sweet with subtle spices and pronounced waxiness with touches of peaches and pears.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is slightly sweet and has a domination of honey followed by wool, lemons in honey and lamp oil.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium lenght with lots of coffee, vanilla and has hints of wet granite, honey and pear pie.

  47. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 14, 46%. Attractive colour but could well be coloured. Aroma is definitely bready. Certainly a malty malt. Some baked apple. Yep apple pie for sure. Bread and butter pudding. Taste is again bready with crystalline super minerally spirit and the slightest suggestion of peat, like burnt bread and butter pudding. Bitter peaty notes increase over time. Impression of tar for roads. 3.4/81

  48. Apikalov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  49. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    High quality and a classic for good reason. Prefer this over Kilkerran 12.⁣
    • Nose
      Feels very coastal. Honey, vanilla, waxes, seawater. Doughy notes with hints of apple cider. Good stuff.⁣
    • Taste
      Very bitter orange peel, salty/briny. Olive oil, olives, oak, medicinal lip balm, hints of gin, and faint coastal seaspray.⁣
    • Finish
      Good length, pleasant salty bitterness, bitter olive oil notes, slightly medicinal, coastal, black pepper.⁣

  50. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  51. dimitrios scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  52. McKapran scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    honey sweetness and waxy taste with maritime notes. very nice daily dram
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  53. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  54. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Sweet and deep complex. Intense on the palate.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Good aroma, white grape, raisins, mild candy, white chocolate, pineapple can, and vanilla species, some mint leaves underling, a hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Strong and intense, little smoke, then full bourbon sweetness and nuttiness, along with a lot of maltiness and vanilla. some white oakiness on the background,
    • Finish
      84 84
      mid-long, oaky, and nuttiness with cool mint. Very dry after taste.

  55. whiskykerho did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Whiskykisa blind tasting 27.6.2020
    1st place overall (out of 6)
    43/54 points
    Individual member score (max. 6): 5, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 1, 6, 3

  56. Saftkenner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A great standard bottling with a great price-performance ratio and a nice summer whisky.
    Ideal as a gift for whisky newbies.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nice flowery and grassy nose. Very pleasant (in a positive sense).
      Honey, delicate oak, heather, pears, quinces, spring flower meadow, juice orange, light vanilla and a pleasant freshness.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Powerful start and slightly oily. Citrus notes and vanilla. Oak spice, forest honey and a touch of pleasant bitterness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. Juice orange, vanilla, honey and the delicate oak spice remain in the mouth and throat.

  57. NXI scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    The aroma of this malt is really complex for its price range, and the rest I would call acceptable. Overall a pretty good whisky.

  58. L_Gillian scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The perfect gateway bottle to learn to appreciate more challenging whisky. My teacher dram.
    The bottle reviewed here was a 2019 bottling if i’m correct.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruits and candlewax. Dry grass meadow, hint of paint thinner. Sour and fruity, apricots and pears, plums. Entirety sweetened by honey, notes of beeswax, leather and salt.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Medium body, oily texture. Chili powder, somewhat sour grapefruit juice and bitter oak. Later on the fruitiness from the nose returns.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long. Sultana sherry note when going down. Waxy texture coating the mouth, subtle oak now less bitter and more dusty and dry. Coffee grounds and saltiness.

  59. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A top standard with wonderfully interwoven aromas.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Subtle sherry with thick vanilla and salted beeswax, some nutmeg and mineral coastal air, banana chips, liquid honey, oily-buttery with flaxseed and grain notes, caramel with chopped hazelnuts, apple, orange and apricot, fine wood dust and yeast, strawberries, cinnamon
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily honey sweetness with sherry notes and spicy oak, clove and cinnamon, beeswax and hints of candle wax, raisins, maritime and mineral, slightly malty, vanilla and caramel, apple, earthy with traces of cocoa and pepper, orange syrup and banana, cardamom
    • Finish
      85 85
      slightly dry, oak wood with mint and ginger, beeswax and candle wax, malt and tobacco, vanilla, clove and pepper, slightly oily, buttery and salty, some leather and earthy cocoa, apple, almonds

  60. Emperor69 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Category: Single Malt
    Manufacturer and bottler: Clynelish Distillery (Diageo)
    Region: Coastal Highland
    Fortress: 46%
    Volume: 750 ml
    Bottling date: 03/28/2019
    Barrel type: Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry (?). I didn’t find reliable information, I ask for clarification in the comments, but bourbon aging clearly comes out here.
    Age: 14yo
    Filtration: none
    Dye: yes

    The nose of the Clynelish 14 is open, bright, fresh, clean and harmonious. Of course, I won’t discover America for anyone if I say that its excellent feature (candle wax), which all connoisseurs and the manufacturer stubbornly talk about, manifests itself as intensely as possible when opening the bottle. I also found the combination of this waxy aroma with the aroma of baked potatoes (reminiscent of potatoes in their skins or baked in foil on a fire) to myself. As the bottle is emptied, these nuances fade and malt, honey and fruity (apple-plum compote, soaked yellow apples, citrus richness, apricots, pears) notes come to the fore, floral lavender aroma, peppermint, vanilla, Citro soda and brown cane sugar caramel.

    Grade gives the taste a certain degree of viscosity, oiliness and richness. Here, as well as in aromatics, waxy aftertaste, honeycombs, creamy vanilla cream, a little lavender “soap”, citrus zest, yellow fruits and burning powerful pepper are strong. There is something to get high on, endlessly surprised by the variety of nuances of taste and complexity in its development, but it is not quite suitable for complete beginners, for a correct assessment, you obviously need to try simpler examples of bourbon profile whisky (Glenmorangie 10, Deanston Virgin Oak, for example) in order to prepare yourself .

    The finish is long, rather dry. Wax, echoes of fruits, peppermint.

    Summary. This malt, in terms of its qualities, for me personally, now represents one of the pinnacles of the development of a predominantly bourbon profile (of course, I haven’t tried much yet, so please don’t reproach me for lack of awareness, we all develop as much as we can) . I think you should always have a bottle or two in your bar. Whisky cool, fruity, warm in summer. The competitor for me is, for now, also whisky from Diageo Oban 14 YO. It's a bit similar in style, but at 43%, it seems to be lighter on the palate, mineral and slightly smoky, a bit broader in its palette. At different times I prefer one or the other. Well, our today's "cat" turned out to be very tasty, so, perhaps, I will join him again.

    Rating: 86 out of 100.

  61. JBKwb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  62. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  63. Malthead19 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    - a classic good strong whisky from the Highlands with power and volume
    - PLV with approx. 38€ fully in order
    • Nose
      pleasant aroma with light notes of wildflowers and herbs, malt and sherry
    • Taste
      interesting, powerful acceleration (thanks to the 46%), oily body; mouth-filling, sherry, bitter chocolate
    • Finish
      medium length, heavy, drying finish ;
      long warm and slightly burning aftertaste, the oak sounds again clearly

  64. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    very nice to drink, really balanced through and through. perfect daily dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A little alcoholic at first, wax, cashew nuts, malt, peanuts, wine gums, freshness, mint, cream
    • Taste
      88 88
      The mouthfeel is waxy and syrupy. The taste is also determined by wax, malt, milk chocolate, oak wood, salted caramel. Not cute at all.
    • Finish
      85 85
      slight bitterness, full-bodied and very sweet with cashew nuts.

  65. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  66. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  67. snaotheus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Bright, fruity, vanilla, apple pie.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Apples, tons of vanilla, oak, hint of smoke, spicy
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sharp and oaky

  68. JimJaws scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  69. Dogs2 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  70. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A great standard, more mineral and earthy instead of sweet and fruity.
    • Nose
      83 83
      First of all light-colored fruit (apple, pear), some apricot. The famous Clynelish wax is there, plus very light smoke and iodine. After a few minutes oranges and lemons. Great.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Wonderfully oily, sugar, apple, very creamy. Pepper, a little salt and light smoke.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long and voluminous, salty, light smoke and sweet.

  71. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  72. sengaia scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Today I did a head to head between the Clynelish 14, the Ben Nevis 10 and Kilkerran 12 year old. All of them coming at 46% and from distilleries with a reputation for producing excellent highland whisky. My notes for all of them are below.

    The Kilkerran 12 is the least mineral and most peaty of the three, and also the least complex. On it's own it's excellent to nose and drink, but in a glass next to the Ben Nevis and Clynelish I get the impression the purpose of the peat is to hide this lack of complexity.

    The Ben Nevis 10 has the most obvious sherry cask influence of the three. On the nose this is an asset, on the palate not so much. On the nose it has great complexity, balancing waxiness with oranges. On the palate the dry sherry quickly takes over and is entirely too dominant for my taste. This dryness carries on into the finish which is the weakest part. Overall this is good but also uneven and I am left with the impression this could and should have delivered more on it's initial promise.

    The Clynelish 14 offers a harmony of flavours and a consistency across nose, palate and finish that are easy to overlook, but in a head to head like this it really stands out. The nose is like walking into an old library where the floor has just been waxed. The palate makes no attempt to score easy goals by adding sherry sweetness or peat. It is actually pretty salty and bitter, and wonderfully waxy and complex. The Clynelish 14 has been a standard in my whisky cabinet for many years. It has always been good, maybe its quality has improved over the years, my appreciation for it certainly has. Today I was impressed with how convincingly it beat its opponents.

    Of the three compared here, the Clynelish is -in my opinion- the best. It is also the cheapest and the most easily available. The others are by no means bad, and exploring and debating such differences is what makes the whisky world a fun place to be.

  73. wbarchive_721011 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  74. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  75. deanliu scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Smell: plums, citrus, ripe fruit, orchard.

    Taste: It is full of grease, sliding in the mouth, with plums, Sydney,

    Aftertaste: long, bayberry, star fruit, slightly dry. It's a bit like Ellen's 18th year, but slightly less sweet.

  76. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  77. MGHOW scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Wonderful whisky, and in terms of quality to price ratio I do not think it can be beaten.

    I'm not going to go into complicated highfalutin' tasting notes, it's all been said.

    Suffice it to say this is rich juicy tasty with not a single off key note.

    Perfect for an entry level single malt. Best buy for the money in my opinion.

  78. Jabarkas scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A great lightly peated whisky with some fruity notes.
    • Nose
      Fruit, light peat, salt.
    • Taste
      Grasses, a hint of peat, pineapple, vinegar. Juicy sweet.
    • Finish
      Again some sweetness. Bitterness. Pineapple and light peat.

  79. StephanB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  80. YD84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Pineapple, orange cream biscuits, dried apricots, ginger, pepper, more fresh tropical fruits, freshly chopped capsicum. Oily texture. Complex and delicious. A classic for a reason.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  81. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/bottle-polishing-2020-back-to-scotch/

    Initially disappointed by this bottle on opening [like the Nevis], I managed to drink most of it before taking a note. Clearly a session dram then!

    N: Let’s dive right into the descriptors. [Bourbon-esque] waxy husky > cereal-y and citrusy – zest & pith oranges > unripe lemons, but mainly in essential oil form. This leads to suggestions of syrup-ed apples, melon and [candied] bananas even, with a moreish huskiness surrounding them. Secondary notes bring almond macaroons served with a salty mineral-y funky-gluey [slight aspirin=detergent/Caroni-esque – in a good way] sage tea, sipped whilst sat on upholstered furniture whilst nearby is a jug of single cream placed on a teak coffee table, the room adorned with velvet curtains. I obviously got carried away by this one! Fringe notes include lychee and a touch of [walnut & chestnut]-dunnage-light vanilla oil. Excusing the emotional outpour, that secondary ‘sweet husky waxy gluey’ note rings true.
    T: Sweet-sour, bourbon-aged citrusy waxy almost gloopy spirit. Hard to pin down the citrus makeup given the husky-creamy vanilla-ey bourbon cask influence is driving so adamantly. Prickly at times [neat] with suggestions of crab meat – there’s a first – the conclusion talks of a fruity citrus waxiness in the main, seasoned with pepper from the mill.
    F: Salivatingly-dry, waxy and husky with mildly sweet=sour grassy runny/melted vanilla icecream. That fusty husky waxiness < remains,… then more buttery,…..

    C: The contemporary ‘bourbonisation’ of this classic expression was a little grating though all things improved as the bottle went down. Furthermore, it’s still one of the best entry-level malts from any Scottish distillery.

  82. ldcsh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  83. keizerjos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Softly sweet Speysider. Honey, vague banana, slightly sharp, soapy - and that's not good, I think. A long time ago, at the start of my career, but in 2015, I bought a bottle. I then wrote: Smell sweet, candy, honey. Fresh, light, soft wood. Vanilla, minty, raisins - waffles? If you have it in your mouth for a little longer, it is English licorice. All in all I thought it was too light. Everyone's friend with soap flavor in the distance that doesn't make me happy.

  84. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  85. bennye83 scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  86. Koidream scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  87. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  88. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Fresh waxy pear pie with wet granite, wool, lemons in honey and lamp oil.

    RATING: 87pts - [n22,t21,f22,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  89. SRB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  90. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Color: Pale Gold

    Nose: It's fresh all over. There's fresh fruit, mint, and barley. Nothing is overpowering, though--well-balanced. In fact, I'd call it an impressively restrained-yet-characterful bottling for being core-of-range and mass-distributed. It's hard not to think of waxiness here, but I question how much of that is "whisky taster branding," as "waxiness" is clearly the salient tasting note associated with all Clynelishes.

    Mouth: Fruit and honey. The sweetness is certainly there, but again, it's not overdone. The balance remains impressive. You can quaff this, but you're not guzzling something simplistic.

    Finish: The minty notes from the nose linger on the tongue. Not so much the fruit.

    Comments: A first-rate large-scale official bottling. Along with Talisker 10 yo and Lagavulin 16 yo, it's one of the crown jewels in the Diageo range. I don't find it particularly difficult or heady like some other reviewers do. I'd have no problem recommending this as a daily dram, potentially even for a novice. At the same time, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be included in a connoisseur's collection as long as that person is aiming for a diversity of age and value. It's roughly on par for me with similar bottles like Ben Nevis 10 yo.

  91. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Excellent PLV. A standard that should not be missing in any bar.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Beeswax and furniture polish. Iodine and a gentle hint of smoke. Behind summer meadow and bright fruit. Green apple, apricot, orange and quince. Also vanilla and herbal flavors. Very complex, very pleasant.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, creamy. Peppery on, chili. Then again fruit and some oak. Spices and coffee. Somewhat less complex than the nose.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Mitel long. Oak, coffee, vanilla.

  92. birkzehn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  93. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  94. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Candle wax, unless it's ointment, camphor, glue. Then the influence of wood is felt, it becomes almost fruity, like orgeat syrup or white plum. Varnish, mint candy, an iodized touch. It's quite maritime after all. Peat and sherry, quite a bit. A light sherry, more raisins than red fruits. Elastic, leather, straw, we finish on a farmhouse touch.
    On the palate, it's quite mature, suitably spicy, oaky, with apple and beetroot, a little lemon. A very malty finish, with slight hints of caramel and yeast. In retro-olfaction, one would believe to have drunk stout, it is very cereal and somewhat earthy. Overall very subtle and quite nice, long finish.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/clynelish-14-yo-46-original-bottling.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  95. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Known for its waxiness, Clynelish 14 is a Highland Single Malt primarily matured in ex-bourbon casks. Scotch mist gives an indication that it is non-chill filtered. Creamy honey, candle wax and lemon juice are prominent on the nose, while rich floral notes with a hint of peppermint lurk in the background. The arrival is warming and aromatic, unfolding a distinctly dry and oily character. Oak bitterness with a touch of salt dominates the medium-length finish. Altogether, it is an engaging and intense malt that requires time and is not suitable as everyday dram.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  96. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A good journeyman who looks quite complex according to his age. Unfortunately, colored and filtered. But the PLV is perfect. However, the new make is still very present. But still good standard. Respect.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Some of them smell peppery, I say dribbling alcohol. But with a little water, he immediately shows what he can do. Lemon fruit with lots of vanilla, with hints of orange peel and even some cinnamon. Well done.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Full-bodied creamy with tidy wood spice but harmoniously interwoven with peppery sea spray. Even some honey notes from Glenfiddich mingle underneath. Everything feels earthy. Drying mouthfeel. Probably from the new make.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to rather short. But he stays sweet and creamy until the end. Nice that he has held out. Brevity is the soul of wit :-)

  97. branneman scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Rated 81 points: Quite a decent malt, nice and cheap.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Dried apricot, sweet lemon, honey
    • Taste
      83 83
      Waxy, more fruits, lemon, a bit woody (oak?)
    • Finish
      79 79
      Bitter sweet, medium long (although a bit to short for my liking).

  98. Eun1 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the nose unfolds a fruit cocktail with apples, pears and apricots, leavened with lemon juice and honey sweetened. In the background some bees wax polish and freshly cut grass. Everything is silky and finely woven.

    The taste is a bit woodier; Although the taste sensation begins with forest honey, herbs and citrus tones, it quickly slips off into bitter bitterness.

    The finish is medium-long, oaky spicy and dry.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  99. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good complexity that develops with time in the glass. Malt and vanilla grow while the lemon-citrus recedes on the nose and palate when left to open. The finish is wonderfully long.
    • Nose
      Malt and lemon oil infused wax, a touch of vanilla, sea-salt and aged-oak, lemon bars, candied lemon peel and orange blossom, bay-leaf and sandalwood, freshly zested lemon peel on lemon meringue pie.
    • Taste
      Malt and a touch of vanilla custard, waxy lemon candy and candied lemon peel, fresh (fuji apple and pear) and dried (papaya and pineapple) fruits, cinnamon and nutmeg and oak, and mix of fresh and candied citrus peels.
    • Finish
      A bit of vanilla in unsweetened macchiato, faint orange blossom water, Dong Ding oolong tea, and oak tannins and oatmeal with a pinch of cinnamon and brown-sugar.

  100. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  101. schengel10 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The always available bottling from the Highland distillery Clynelish - one of the best standard bottlings in this price range - a really good malt!
    • Nose
      83 83
      fruity (peaches, pears) and sweet (honey), meadow flowers, herbs;
    • Taste
      84 84
      powerful attack, spicy oak, fruity (peaches, apricots), honey, pastries, slightly salty, becoming dry on the palate; delicate oily body;
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium length and sweet, oaky in the neck length;

  102. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Definitely has character, very interesting mix of sweet and maritime. Find it very well matched and is a top malt for me.
    • Nose
      Sweet, ripe fruit, honey / wax and citrus
    • Taste
      Sweet, oak, maritime note in the form of salt
    • Finish
      Medium long, citrus -> later turns out to be orange, oak, maritime

  103. diamond2000 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: vanilla, overripe rotten pears, honey, blooming lilac, minerality, granite in the sun, fresh white bread broken in half.
    Taste: honey, honeycomb, orange peel, spicy, oily.
    Aftertaste: repeats the taste, honey, wax, a little pepper, on the tongue you directly feel the film of butter, rather long.
    Rating: 85-86
    Conclusion: a very good representative of the Highland with a wonderful fortress (in Diageo this is the only official release that crossed the threshold of 46%) which adds integrity. Molt is very strict, without excessive sugaryness, even though honey is in the first place everywhere, in general, Highland, which I love. There are not very many nuances, more in flavor, but everything is very consistent and consistent.

  104. StephanB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    special malt with recognition value for fair price
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  105. markfeit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    spicy on the tongue, but a creamy mouthfeel. A really nice highland malt. A solid whisky, really nice.

  106. Syleo scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    I could not fully convince myself ...
    • Nose
      74 74
      In the nose dominate the flowery impressions, Hubba Bubba chewing gum and artificial strawberry flavor and pear juice. A few butter cookies with whole hazelnuts are still present after all.
    • Taste
      79 79
      In taste, these impressions of fruit - now mirabelle and peaches -, pastries, summer flowers and mead are strangely intensified again.
    • Finish
      78 78
      In the finish remain fruit sweetness and a few fresh oak staves hang, but rather short.

  107. Romansen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  108. Expraesi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Honey sweet, floral note, intense nose for 46%.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy on the palate, sweet and spicy.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Mittelang, sweet and oak. Two-dimensional, but tasty. PVL top.

  109. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very complex, fantastically different, no beginner's malt
    • Nose
      86 86
      Green apples, bitter green tea, floral, candle wax, dried hay, chalk, herbs, honey, mineral, apricot, lemon
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fresh, mint, creamy, honey, apple, lemon, green banana, pear, apricot
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long, bone-dry, walnut skin

  110. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  111. Stef89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  112. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is possibly my current favourite of the classic malt bottlings, it even tops recent Lagavulin 16 batches.

    Waxy and slightly salty, tropical fruits and citrus, floral with honey and a nice mild spiciness in the finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  113. tommy12 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    For a Bourbon Cask matured whisky good color, pleasant smell, full, round, sweet, long finish, powerful and yummy.
    • Nose
      1 1
    • Taste
      1 1
    • Finish
      1 1

  114. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite surprised by this standard that I had circled around for some time. Tastings have positive effects, especially on this one;-) Give it a try - a nice bang for your buck bottling.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  115. Stef89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Really a great part. Above all, I like it when a whisky is salty .. I find that in the. I would have blinded him to the islands.
    • Nose
      In the nose he is very pleasing but still voluminous. Honey, cereals. He has something maritime. I do not notice smoke. The alcohol cools the nose but is otherwise unperceivable
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the alcohol is noticeable with a slightly peppery note but all very pleasant. The part becomes relatively dry. In terms of taste, it goes for me in the direction of a sherryfassagerten malt but not very intense.
    • Finish
      In the finish this is confirmed. The fruits are darker. It is sweeter and still dry much seasoning and oak but never bitter.

  116. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    yes the wax or better Parafinnote is there
    TOP PLV

  117. Malinois scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky for this price! 

    On the nose some sherry notes with honey, pear. Quite waxy taste with honey pear and some soft salt. The finish short and a bit fruity. Good value for money, especially the waxy mouth feeling isn't something you get for this price. 

  118. gerardvw scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet, Toffee
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  119. Whisky101 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic dram for its age, price and great to see it at 46%. This is a dram that is way more complex than you expect and if you keep re visiting it you just find more and more. You need to spend time with this whisky and come back to it as your palate develops more. I always have this in my collection. 
    • Nose
      Citrus Fruit: oranges, marmalade, slight toffee. 
    • Taste
      Orange, zesty, some fruit and a very light vanilla but not toffee sweet (like in the nose), and it is quite drying from the oak. Leather notes, and some light oils. 
    • Finish
      Long, staying dry and leading into spice and dried fruits with quite some nuttiness.

  120. Rien scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  121. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  122. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Floral and perfumed as a first impression, fresh. Also slightly salty, and earth / forest. Fruity, orange, banana. Also spicy, and something tobacco.
    • Taste
      Very light pepper, sweet, honey, creamy structure. Later very soft, and fruity: peach and citrus.
    • Finish
      Still light peppers initially, sweet, honey. Peach. Mid-length. Somewhat bitter undertones, wood.

  123. Kumachan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  124. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/odds-ends-jan-2018/

    I like these 20cl bottles. An ideal volume for assessing/judging without the burden of a full bottle. Then again, when the whisky is good, it’s not enough.

    N: Instantly likeable, well rounded, well balanced barley spirit suitably aged. Waxy sweet-savoury with sweet lemon putty, wholemeal pitta, paratha bread, a touch of sweet veg mash, cake dough with cooked raisins, tonic water and a [Malden] saltiness. Add a sprinkle of meaty [gammon] soot to that.

    T: Firm/controlled-sharp peppery-citrus attack. Very soon the mouthfeel gets to work, enveloping the palate and focusing in on waxy, chilli lemon. More saline with water, towards a fluffy-dry-soft barley direction. Water subdues the chilli no end, allowing the fine distillate with an even finer mouthfeel coating to get to work.

    F: Sustained mouthfeel oozing. Waxy to oily buttery before eventually concluding with the kind of finish you’d expect from a G&T. Hints of chilli & pepper keep the barley subtlety seasoned & sustained.

    C: On this occasion, it turns out 20cl wasn’t so optimal. A full bottle is currently going for under €40 in Germany & Holland, lucky neighbours.

    Scores a B

  125. waal scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    First impression / color / consistency: The 14-year-old Scotch was given a nice outer packaging with a subtle watermark of the "Highlands Tiger". I like it! The marketing blah blah on the can and bottle reads nicely and sets the mood for the whisky. The cork is pressed and after removing it it smokes from the bottle. Coool! The malt has been colored, so there is no need to say anything about the color, but for the sake of completeness - “Saffron” was the choice of the Diageo experts. Wow! Very, very, very oily the tears run down the glass wall. Something creamy awaits me in my mouth!
    Aroma / nose feeling:

    The official notes don't promise too much. A flood of honey, flowers and a light acidity comes out of the glass. Nothing stings your nose here. The 46% ABV seems to be optimal so far. Fine, harmonious mineral notes fill my nose. Indeed, the subtle maritime character cannot be concealed. Is there sherry involved? The "whisky wanker" had noticed this too. For me there is a lot that suggests it. Anyway, a slightly nutty, oily sweetness would also suggest it. But where is the candle wax that Diageo itself and many, many other connoisseurs want to see so strongly. So far it remains hidden from me or I have no association with it.

    After sniffing and smelling a real candle for a long time, I have to say that the wax scent still doesn't cross my mind, but the nose feel has changed significantly. So I now imagine I have a feeling in my nose which is similar to the feeling when you actually smell a candle.

    The impression that sherry had an influence on the single malt is getting stronger and stronger.

    Aroma from the empty glass the next morning:

    Calm and not worth mentioning.

    Taste / mouthfeel:

    Really fantastic oily in the mouth with sweetness and the onset of bitterness. The wood can be clearly tasted. In my opinion, this is not a pure entry-level malt. I could imagine that the roller coaster ride in the mouth could be too intense for some new connoisseurs. For my part, I find the first drops in the mouth very interesting and promising, although I also don't like the acid that is present.

    The scotch just keeps getting better. It has really well controlled corners and edges, which make it a rather unusual malt in this price range. Behind everything there is a certain salty taste, which can also be felt in the aftertaste.

    Finish / aftertaste / length:

    Noticeable acidity right from the start of the finish to the taste. A medium to long finish is accompanied by orange zest, some pencil abrasion and mild sweetness. Strong mineral saltiness gives the single malt a strong character. At the very end it feels like I'm licking a still. Sounds strange, but that's how it is. I'm licking off a spirit still. And how! Awesome!

    Well, while proofreading, I also have the wax with its full width in my mouth. I understand everything now! Later, but still ... The next time I have this malt in the glass I will probably have to think about it immediately.

    Overall impression / comment:

    The scotch is actually kind of a cornerstone in some ways. If I had to name a maritime Highland Malt, I would probably come back to the Clynelish 14yo. Very characteristic! I'm not completely speechless now and I'm not blown away by this experience, but this is a well-crafted single malt Scotch whisky that you can either sip away easily or examine over a longer period of time. I like it!

    Points: 87/100 # Clynelish #SingleMalt #Scotch #Scotland #Highland #Whisky #EnjoyLife #Enjoyment # DrinkResponsiblyfb.com / wagneralextastingnotes

  126. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A Mix of Arran 10 and Craigellachie 13. I like it!
    • Nose
      Blind Tasting:

      He has arran touch.
      I smell bright fresh fruits. Little bit redwine. Little bit Orange. Dates and dough. Grain.
    • Taste
      Sweet with grain and fruits. Little bit dry. Soft and creamy.
    • Finish
      Grainy and fruity.

  127. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I do not exaggerate when I say this is one of the best standard bottlings on the market. Only 40 EUR. This should be in every cabinet. Thanks, Pat!
    • Nose
      Clynelish is known for its waxy nose. We have that here for sure. A nice complexity of salt, sweet and mild smoke. Think pipe tobacco, liquorice, banana, Earl Grey tea that was left too long in the teapot, loads of mint and a surprising hint of mustard seeds. On top of that some fruit appears in the guise of oranges, apples and raisins. Maybe even a blueberry that made a wrong turn. Like I said: complex.
    • Taste
      It starts on malt, quickly followed by vanilla, fresh fruit, honey and lots of tropical notes. Think mango and papaya. This is very good. Caramel and honey keep it sweet, while a big note of woodsmoke give it depth. Ginger, pepper, beeswax. All flavours work well together to presented a beautiful malt on the palate.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long on apples and tropical fruit, but both smoke and wax run off with the medals. 

  128. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very good whisky, not too simple or too complex.
    • Nose
      The nose is very pleasant, fragrant with flowers, spicy, malted barley is very present.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it's fresh and creamy we find immediately wax and spices, bitterness too, with orange, I find traces of star anise, and a little honey.
    • Finish
      The finish is average on bitterness with a hint of honey.

  129. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  130. uap304 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Old fashioned style I guess. 
    • Nose
      Malt, honey, chocolate, faint sherry.
    • Taste
      Thick and syrupy but somehow does not take water well. Flat arrival, sweet, becoming spicy.
    • Finish
      Bitter oak finish.

  131. Andi_Whisky&Vinyl scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    I am very excited about Clynelish 14 and what this one offers. A little bit attracts opposites. On the one hand the whisky is very smooth and despite its 46% I would classify it as "easydrinking". On the other hand, it's so insanely complex that I might not call it a "beginner's whisky", even if that's often associated with easydrinking. In short, he drinks lightly, but you have to devote yourself to him to enjoy all facets ... the fruits, the sweet and sour notes, the freshness, the black tea, the maritime salt, the earthy andundund. The Clynelish 14 has such a beautiful character that it's hard to compare it to other whiskys. A great surprise and just in view of the price an absolute recommendation. My personal summer whisky 2017 .... 90 points Complete Review: http://whiskyundvinyl.de/2017/08/13/clynelish-14-whisky-review
    • Nose
      The first nose is very smooth and yet complex. Something sweet, slightly maritime salt notes and candle wax are the first impressions. Then come intensive fruit and floral notes - pickled strawberries, banana, the "usual" heather ;-). Overall, the nose but also has a nice freshness that reminds something of peppermint and chamomile tea.
    • Taste
      Slight bitterness, earthy and still nice fruit flavors - banana and granny smith. A grassy freshness, ginger and light mint fit in wonderfully. Everything is rounded off by a very, very light earthy smoke note ... more earth than smoke.
    • Finish
      Less fruit, at most a little ginger. Reminiscent of black tea, slightly peppery, earthy and dry.

  132. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      81 81

  133. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    There is a lot in it, beautiful standard with many facets, always tastes a little different.
    • Nose
      Lemon, beeswax, apples, oranges, herbs, honey, a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      waxy, tingling, creamy - strong malty and spicy, oranges, apples, pineapple, mango, nutty, dark chocolate, ginger, white pepper, slightly salty (salt sticks?), slightly sweet, light acidity
    • Finish
      rather short, dark chocolate, spicy, tart-sweet

  134. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/brora/

    N: Fruity cereals with a concrete/firm mineral bed and salty-farmy suggestions.
    T: The decency continues. Tasty, interesting, beefy, layered, poised. 14 years seems an ideal age for this spirit.
    F: Good length and sustained power. Keeps its form & profile throughout.
    C: One of the strongest core [aged entry-level] expressions from any distillery.Scores a B

  135. RR60 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  136. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  137. KleingeldWhisky scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      78 78

  138. TheDAne scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      malty, faint pibe tobacco smoke, ginger, peach, licorice root, banan , black tea, mint, sawdust, stearin, bivoks
    • Taste
      Malt and fresh fruit, bread, salty , gingerbread, yeasty , really nice, parafin notes, beeswax, bit of raw honey
    • Finish
      Perfect ending and spotless balance. Perfectly delivers the notes of the palate as well as some bonfire smoke, with emphasis on malt, barley sugar, bitter caramel, honey wax

  139. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Amazing Clynlish. What a performance from a standard bottling. The malt is getting more fruits and tropical fruits by adding some water. What a stunner.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
    • Nose
      Oily mustard barley, some grain, citrus fruits (ripe and unripe), ripe apples, vanilla, some honey, some sugared flowers (haven't tried it yet), raisins, minerals, way in the back some berries (gooseberry, blackberry), gingerbread with oranges. 
    • Taste
      Oily mustard barley, vanilla, creamy citrus fruits, sweet herbs, apples and overripe apples, some tropical notes (for example some papaya), caramel and toffee, sweet ginger.
    • Finish
      Long. Apples, tropical fruits, gingerbread and oak.

  140. willem686 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Superb value for your money. Fantastic malt.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  141. xFabe did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    There is absolutely nothing to complain about. One of the good standards. For 14 years priced absolutely fair.
    • Nose
      Behavior but pleasing he comes, therefore, very light fruity sherry note, far away supports a memory of smoke (feels like roasted aromas with steaming fresh bread) the fruity-floral notes, above is the present but not intrusive fragrance of a youthful ladies perfume, slightly spicy Notes (bread spice mix) come from behind.
    • Taste
      Light and sweet on the tongue, slightly acidity of a green apple, velvety soft, the Clynelish caresses the tongue with thin honey.
    • Finish
      Here comes more oak and spice to the fore, quite herbaceous reminds the oak of pine cones, sweeter oak notes with a little vanilla remain behind.

  142. Classic scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    N: Light fruits, slightly floral, slightly spicy T: First green apples, then pears, pleasantly spicy, slightly sweet Q: Medium long, the fruits are going and it gets a bit peppery, then comes the barrel with its spice and tannins

  143. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose: candle wax, lemon zest, exotic fruits, peppery wood, sweet malt, voluminous nose Taste: Strong, slightly maritime accents with seaweed and salt, oily and round, syrupy, honey-sweet, strong woody notes, spicy-dry but not bitter, very intense and distinctive

    Conclusion: wow really delicious, strong independent super PLV
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  144. lukeboone scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  145. Noface83 scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Nose: what a satisfying nose for such a favorable standard. Lots of citrus but also orange juice, beeswax, malt sweetness and vanilla, a touch of tropical fruits and peppery oak, the 46% are felt with a slightly tingling alcohol.
    Taste: creamy and slightly tingling - wonderful! Now with beautiful honey and nut flavors, again vanilla and barley malt, beautiful woody notes from the oak, very smooth and harmonious it goes into the short to medium-long finish which is dominated by the oak without drifting into the bitterness. It stays creamy and sweet until the end.
    Wonderful whisky in the lower price segment which is very pleasant to drink and never gets boring. Too bad that there is added dye
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  146. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  147. Jonkers scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The balance of this whisky is reasonable. The taste is the best part (and in the end it's all about that ...). This whisky is a perfect aperitif.
    • Nose
      Sweet from tropical fruits such as banana, pineapple and mango. A hint of butter. Vanilla and oak.
    • Taste
      First sharp and peppery, which makes the taste buds "awake". Then very sweet with notes of banana, pineapple, papaya and mango.
    • Finish
      A medium finish with a very pleasant combination of bitter and sweet.

  148. sapecosta scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  149. praisethepasta scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    To me, a versatile and complex whisky that takes me by surprise every time I have a dram. Not your everyday scotch, maybe even somewhat of an aquired taste, but very much worth the effort. It promises wax, and it delivers, but it also brings the typical coastal elements to the nose and initial taste. Then, a rich, warm and medicinal body opens up, strong tastes of grass and oil kick in, with a strong and lasting, slightly smoky finish. considering its price, this is a very, very fine and complex whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  150. Daan Tje scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  151. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    So I recall what appealed here - this is not bad drinking at all, maybe spice could be a little smaller, but so
    • Nose
      Beautiful fruity scent - butter pears, oranges, bananas, honey, wax
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet and gentle to moderately spicy - honey / wax, cinnamon, malt, some fruit, a little salty here.
    • Finish
      Medium / long - reverberant woody tones, melt and spiciness again

  152. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A solid, delicious malt. Very nice aromas of spice paired with sweetness. Really tasty.
    • Nose
      sweet honey with a decent portion of seasoning; with cereal and straw flavors; a little raisins are there; with oranges and apples; Caramel; with some time, citrus aromas are added; light pepper; now comes a light wood note; the sweetness disappears and it gets spicier
    • Taste
      spicy and peppery; slightly creamy; Oak and vanilla; Apples and caramel; dark forest honey; the alcohol is easily noticeable;
    • Finish
      short to medium length; neatly peppery; spicy at first, then it gets sweet; Oak and caramel; Apples and raisins with chocolate; Spice and a little chocolate are left on the palate

  153. Jan Francisco scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      81 81

  154. casualwhiskey did not rate this whisky Newbie

    This feels different from when I first tasted it. It was more floral the first time.

    Heard from someone that the liquid has caramel coloring. Caveat emptor
    • Nose
      Fresh bottle: Dash of liquorice. Peppery soon kicks in, and then lemons. Sweet caramel creep in subtly
    • Taste
      Pepper, lemon, caramel cake. Caramel taste lingers throughout the tasting. Floral. Slightly herbal. Hint of smoke. Ending with slight oak but not too heavy.
    • Finish
      Short - medium: spicy and sweet

  155. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Begin restrained. Bright fruits. Beeswax. Pencil. Some mustard.
    • Taste
      Again bright fruits. Wax. Grain. Olive oil, mustard, salted peanuts. Some bitterness.

  156. whiskybros scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Clynelish-14yo/c21kp/571628900cf2b05e61f504d2
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  157. Othorion scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Great PLV, a nice standard
    • Nose
      Pear compote, citrus fruits, herbs, vanilla
    • Taste
      Caramel, roasted nuts, honey, malty, pepper and a hint of apples
    • Finish
      Medium, more malty, a thought of salt and a nice bittersweet note

  158. Glennie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    N: Very fruity. Pears. Some citrus like citrus bon-bons. A faint hint of smoke. Malty and herbal.

    T: Fruity again. Pears and other white fruits. Some sweet citrus and honey notes. Spicy. Substantial and beefy.

    F: Very much an extension of the taste. Dries out towards the end with some Wood spices. Not bitter at all.

    A really good bottling from Diageo. Can be found for around €40 pr. bottle. Proves that it is still possible to find good and affordable whisky out there.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

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

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

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

    This one is actually much better than expected for a regular bottling
    • Nose
      Fruity, pears, citrus fruits, malty
    • Taste
      oily, smooth, fruity sweetness, apple pie, nice wood notes
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth

  161. Othorion scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  162. robain scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      nutty, fruity,
    • Taste
      Vanilla, powerful abv - it feels higher then 43%, sweet caramel.
    • Finish
      Vanilla is coming out strong on the finish, finish is medium long.

  163. robain scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  164. cask86 scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  165. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  166. AnthoDN scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    One of the best whiskys available in the supermarket! For me a Clynelish very easily recognizable because very representative of their style! A price / pleasure ratio very close to 0. Hence the temptation to put 88 ...
    • Nose
      Wax and racking honey, accompanied by a little grass and a very fine presence of coal powder. Pear little coties and lemon Pulco
    • Taste
      very tied to the nose ... Wax and lemon coated with heather honey then fresh cereals (youth) that brings a bitterness (unwanted ....)
    • Finish
      The more waxy side finally come back to the front of the stage accompanied by the long-awaited coal tip. But this is short and quickly watery drowned by some notes of dry fruit and bitterness ...

  167. brandyhill scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Price / performance ratio is great!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  168. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A decent all-day dram.
    • Nose
      An earthy nose. Beeswax, vanilla, orange peel. Quite spicy with cinnamon and cloves.
    • Taste
      Full and malty. Further spices, now rather pepper and salt, where there is no salt taste, which one would associate with "sea air", but the emphasis is too much on the earthy character.
    • Finish
      Rather short, while malty with vanilla, some oak in the finish.

  169. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  170. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced whisky, quiet good.

  171. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  172. Remko scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I'm a Clynelish fan for quit a while now, but untill recently I never took the time to judge this OB 14Y quite well. What a same... This 14Y really enjoys me and is surprisingly complex. Clean, flowery, fruity, citrusy, meaty, waxy, oaky, malty, mineraly, salty, oily, slight peaty, all in one. Not all at the same time but nicely alternating. It really develops in the glass.

    Only 1 minor: the finish is a bit short.

    Wish it would be avaible at higher ABV...

  173. Dionysus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      79 79

  174. Blo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A very good one. Excellent price quality ratio. It reminds me Dalwhinnie on some parts (honeyed and vegetal notes) and Springbank on some others (wax and mineral aspects). Very good nothern Highland Whisky.
    • Nose
      Oranges, fruiter than expected. Then more vegetal notes, with some heather, flowers (violets). Becomes more maritime and mineral with the aeration. Salty. Nice nose, quite expressive.
    • Taste
      Thick, nice boody, good attack with good ABV. A bit honeyed and vegetal, wax, and become saltier and saltier with the time. I also get some oranges like in the nose.
    • Finish
      Medium long, on nice salty and bitter end.

  175. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  176. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good. Awesome nose, great taste, good finish.
    • Nose
      Thick, full, honey, bees wax, like holding a piece of honeycomb to your nose, banana, vanilla, spicey
    • Taste
      Full bodied, fresh initially, then the vanlila and honey sweetness, yellow fruits, slowly developing into a slight barley bitterness
    • Finish
      Lingering barley sweetness. Slightly bitter. 

  177. Opeth83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Caramel, sea salt, wax, lemon and ripe fruit on the nose in the mouth even more of that ripe fruit (pears, apples). In the aftertaste again the wax, malt and light bitter (not annoying). Pretty complex malt, very nice whisky for a good price!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  178. Angelos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Ideal summer dram and a really good drop
    • Nose
      Wax with honey flavor, caramel and pineapple, pleasant vanilla note, also a certain floral / floral note I like to feel, as well as something maritime / salty.
    • Taste
      Again, the caramel and the saltiness, so slowly makes the oak noticeable, here also the exotic character with peach, pineapple and a few oranges
    • Finish
      Medium long, almost short; But it does not have to be bad. A lovely oak note remains with the maritime / salty character

  179. Gloin scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Delicious. Good everyday whisky
    • Nose
      Red apple, cinnamon, vanilla, a little spiciness, sawdust, a hint of smoke? Delicious
    • Taste
      Gentle onset and soft mouthfeel, fresh grassy notes and again the apple, some oak and malt
    • Finish
      Unfortunately a bit short, light bitterness, malt, and slightly sour notes

  180. afrb scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A fairly complex, desireable whisky. I give this whisky 84 marks
    • Nose
      Vanilla, Oak Wood. Pineapple, leather, Pears, honey and Menthol
    • Taste
      Light. Fiery. Fruity, Oranges and Pears. Creamy
    • Finish
      Medium to Short. Dry. Honey and some Pepper

  181. Koloman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  182. Koloman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A single malt with a unique selling point: Something similar is unknown to me. To taste it takes time, because he does not want to reveal his secrets right away.
    • Nose
      A triad of fruit (mandarin), nut (nut cake) and smoke (a shred of very light pipe tobacco), ethereal but increasingly intense.
    • Taste
      Mustard, indeed! Orange, nut and smoke, all in all, much stronger and more engaging than expected.
    • Finish
      Even more strength, Bavarian (sweet) mustard, Turkish honey, bath cleaner and - I can not believe it - frankincense.

  183. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Waxy nose, citrus, brine, some smokey hay. Malty cereal.  

    Full, warm taste. Sweet at first, later somewhat dryer. Oranges, biscuits. 

    Very easy for 46%.

    One of the greatest entry-level OB's 

  184. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A nice whisky, with a good complexity and a enjoyable drink.
    • Nose
      A lot of citrussy notes, like mandarin, oranges and lemon, a hint of smoke and with water pears and honey.
    • Taste
      Light fruity notes, orange, oak, bit of smoke and with water it becomes creamier and sweeter.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, some oak, sweetness

  185. Sidecar75 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A very good daily dram. Benefits from a few added drops of water. I wish some of the flavors (camphor, fruits) were a little stronger, but overall is good.
    • Nose
      Wax, citrus, hay. Caramel. Gets more citrus-y with water and light camphor and sea air notes show up.
    • Taste
      Sweet and waxy arrival. Becoming sweeter, with some honey and very mild spices. Lightly fruity, with apples, peaches, and oranges.
    • Finish
      Honey wax and a little wood. Dry. A bit on the short side.

  186. Diedler scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nose is sweet like candy, celrealy and with hints of elderfower syrup and some tropical fruits. Hard to name it.
    The
    Plate is oily and light the same time. Candy sweetnes and some cereals
    again paired with a whiff of white pepper and mirabelle.
    Finish is more spicy, more peppery, dry on the thoun an mouthwatering, sweetnes on the fly.

    I love it

  187. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Complex. Interesting. Buy.
    • Nose
      No water : Complex. Honey. Cookie dough (?). Hint of brine and smoke.
      With water: overwhelming, pleasant honey. Still hints of brine. No smoke.
    • Taste
      No water: deliciously complex. Heathery sweetness in the mouth, peppery heat on the palate, dry development towards licorice.
      With water: creamy sweetness of heather, bananas. Dry and warm on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Long, soft, lingering. With hints of honey, banana, locorice.

  188. alectron scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Single dram, blind tasting @ Regionals 2014_02
    • Nose
      estery, malty, citrus, yellow fruit, salty, wet cloth, musty, slight soapyness (84).
    • Taste
      salty, sweet, faint sherry, waxy, some cardboard (82).
    • Finish
      more salt, sweet, apricots, dry, some faint smoke (84).

  189. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  190. zholthran scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An outstanding and well-balanced malt with no real corners and edges.
    • Nose
      To ripe fruits (pears, apples) joins a light and fresh citrus note.
    • Taste
      Sweet and mild onset with fruit, then soft oak tones are added, wrapped in light smoke. Overall slightly oily texture, the alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Finish
      Medium-length and warming finish. In addition to herbs, the oak is now clearly dominating without becoming really unpleasant.

  191. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  192. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Wonderful  example of Clynelish,  considering optimal price in front of the excellent quality of this bottle. there are so many flavors here, in the beggining dried fruits, almonds, walnuts, liquirice, following by a persistent wax and a rich honey , with a very  very light peat in the final. Not too  many sherry, not too many peat (like in other emblazoned bottles), only whisky from an always consistent distillery.

     "simple" whisky, but  in truth not very simple..

  193. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  194. Xstream scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Doesn't really work for me. It lacks something that pops. It's flowers with citrus, coconut and other fruits without any real zing. It's a bit bitter in the finish, tad generic and not lively. Adding water didn't do much interesting either. 

    Update: becomes better over time after opening the bottle. Now i enjoy it more. The fruit now seems to open up more.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  195. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It’s nothing punchy, or overly fringy. Rather austere and mild-mannered. It is enjoyable, but also nothing special in my book.
    • Nose
      Subdued, light, and floral. This translates to citrus, like
      orange-grapefruit sorbet; then pollen, and balanced nose between sweet
      and dry. Candle wax? A certain strand of refill sherry butts perhaps?
    • Taste
      Sweet and briny. Quite full, with honeyed menthol and mild licorice.
    • Finish
      Medium. Remains briny, yellow-fruity, and the oak finally speaks a little.

  196. Tomh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  197. numen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very subtle smoke and sweet citrus fruit, particularly those giant
      incredible lemons from Sorrento. Honey and a little wax keeping the
      profile rather calm and not too sweet. The smoke helps here, too. With
      more air, the smoke subsides a bit and the fruit darkens, too. Orange
      and lemon are present, and now some dates appear. Cardamom and baked
      goods on the end of it.
    • Taste
      Very easy on the tongue, though there is a strong bitterness
      approaching. The waxy lemon and honey are there, and kept in check by
      the bitterness - a double-edged sword here. Cereal quality, along the
      lines from Frosted Flakes (it's Grrrreat!). A very direct and simple
      flavor profile.
    • Finish
      The length of this subsides rather quickly, but some of the smoke
      remains, very trace amounts, as well as a small touch of wood and those
      lemons (quality not quantity). I do enjoy this a lot, the flavor profile
      is great and to my liking, and it's put together well. Other than the
      abiding bitterness on the palate, that is. The finish is rather brief,
      too, and very simple.

  198. Jimjam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    There’s lots here, I really enjoyed this, a fine coastal dram. One that’ll reward repeat visits.
    • Nose
      Rich orange oil, wet boat rope, grapefruit, rich dried fruits, brine, black pepper, spice, a light smoke, acetone, almond syrup, a slight vegetal note
    • Taste
      Rich spicy fruit, seasalt, drying wood
    • Finish
      Lingering wood, smoke, and spice. Almost bitter at the end

  199. Taita scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Although nose and taste are decent to me it is a little rough, not my favourite dram
    • Nose
      Sweet, honey, caramel, pencils, dried fruits, citrus, almond, pot pouri
    • Taste
      Oak, caramel, pencils, pepper, dried fruits, honey, almond,
    • Finish
      Middle long with some spices

  200. Defeatless scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet, hint of red wine, raisins

    Taste: lots of sweetness, again red wine shows up

    Body: medium a little oily

    Finish: medium-long, a bunch of flowers, a little sweet, dries your mouth.

    Very good price-quality. A little pity about the presentation with the new label: you cannot find the year of produce back.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  201. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  202. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This is one of the best whiskies I know in this price category.
    • Nose
      Honey, citrus, beeswax, floral notes, caramel, almond and smoke. A tad of fishy saltiness as well.
    • Taste
      Citrus, honey, caramel, smoke, almond, malt and a little salt & pepper.
    • Finish
      Caramel, beeswax, smoke, malt and nuts.

  203. Titi94 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Bottlers Notes:

    Aged for 14 years in specially selected oak casks then bottled at full 46% abv, this is a light yet firm-bodied maritime single malt. Fresh and creamy-smooth on the palate, it has a smoky, sea-spicy character and a very pleasing texture which is highly regarded by malt whisky connoisseurs.

    The nose starts with light candle wax, some sugar and a faint floral fragrance. Adding a little water brings this into focus, the candle wax is now more richly scented as if, when strolling near the beach, you have come across sun-dried flowers among the sand dunes.

    On the spicy palate there is a signature oily, mustard-cress crispness, which is underscored by some maritime saltiness in the satisfying, drying finish.

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