Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
14 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
New Label
Bottle code
Added on
07 Dec 2012 8:33 am

Average value

€ 48.72

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57 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 14-year-old

158 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.03 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    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

  4. 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

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. 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

  7. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Member 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.

  8. bennye83 scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  9. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 87 points 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|

  10. 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.


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