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Overall rating
85.19/100
votes
945
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
12.10.2017
Stated Age
14 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Label
New Label
Bottle code
L7285CM004
Barcode
5000281016528
Added on
07 Dec 2012 8:33 am
Colored

Average value

€ 43,02

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945 × member ratings

2067 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 14-year-old

116 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.19 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points 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

  2. 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.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. birkzehn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  7. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Candle wax, unless it is ointment, camphor, glue. Then the influence of the wood is felt, it becomes almost fruity, like orgeat syrup or white plum. Varnish, mint candy, a touch of iodine. It's pretty maritime finally. Peat and sherry, quite a bit. A light sherry, rather raisins than red berries. Elastic, leather, straw, we finish on a farmer's touch.
    On the palate, it is quite mature, suitably spicy, woody, with apple and beetroot, a little lemon. A very malty finish, with slight hints of caramel and yeast. In retro-olfaction, one would think to have drunk stout, it is very cereal and somewhat earthy. Overall, very subtle and rather friendly, long finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. 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

  10. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

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