Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Dun Bheagan
Stated Age
22 years old
Port Wine Cask Finish
93781 / 93783
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Jul 2013 11:33 am

Average value

€ 109.38

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48 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1990 IM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.26 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very distinctive fruit note, but only vaguely recognizable as Clynelish.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A fresh sea breeze, heavy summer blossom scent, apricot and ripe grapefruit
    • Taste
      86 86
      A little tangerine juice, then nice and oily with sweet spice
    • Finish
      85 85
      The sweetness comes back as apricot liqueur.

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is really good, the taste and finish are too hard wood driven, i would have expected more elegance from a 22yo Clynelish. With some time and air this does improve.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Yes, this is a Clynelish, waxy, honeycomb and waxy. Together with sweet apples, butter, coffee, vanilla, mandarin orange and milk chocolate. Quite good and nicely complex.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A bit of bitter wood tannines, coffee, oranges, somewhat waxy. not as succulent as the nose promised. ginger and red fruits. Some time and air drop some of the hardness and reveal more of honey, fruits and chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium to long, red apples, bit bitter, like strong tea. quite wood driven. in the end some red berries pop up again.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The very successful nose was very promising. Unfortunately, the expectations on the tongue do not meet, but the metallic note is too dominant.
    • Nose
      Oily and waxy nose, as one would expect from a Clynelish. Honey, apple slices, orange zest, lemon, toffee, milk chocolate, coffee beans. Beautifully complex and thick. Back out mild herbs and spices, especially cloves and juniper berries.
    • Taste
      Pleasant and not too strong start. Thick and waxy, with malt notes, oranges, honey, hazelnuts, milk chocolate. Over time, a metallic note comes through, which reduces the good first impression a little. Intensified, a red wine note is added.
    • Finish
      Medium length with malt, honey and nut and still slightly metallic note.

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Clynelish, a bit weak and not quite as typical Clynelish as you always hope.
    • Nose
      Nice fruity, but a little weak on the chest, various drupes, apricots, vllt. a little sour cherries, peach, even light grapes, yellow pears, a little heather meadow, something of green tea, vanilla and light honey, later also some tangerine
    • Taste
      Increases shallow, very viscous and relaxed, reminiscent of tea directly, also corresponds to what I know from Clynelish so far, you can now find the well-known wax, then the sour tangerine, apricot, sour cherry, some grapes again, green apple (pear no longer), heather grass, light honey, vanilla, then at the end also some sweetish oak, licorice and light malt
    • Finish
      Green tea, birch, green apple with peel, light malt, dry-tea, medium to long

  6. Blo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nothing exceptional, but I'm not a fan of the Porto cask anyway, and it's not this one that will make me change my mind. I think that the whisky must be good before taking a ride in the barrel, but as it does not plug me more than that!
    • Nose
      In the first place, rather immature notes: malt, green apples, an obvious dryness. Then notes sweeter and sweet, candied fruit, raisins. Rather nice but it lacks a little punch and precision to stand out.
    • Taste
      Sharp and dry attack, rather bitter, on dried fruits. Few Clynelishian markers in there, the finish has made its effect, but for all I have trouble identifying precisely aromas ... Not unpleasant but not what I expect from a Clynelish more than 20 years.
    • Finish
      Medium length.

  7. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Made younger than 22 years old and not necessarily Clynelish type. A bit soft despite 46%
    • Nose
      fresh, on green apple, gooseberry, citrus fruit, candied fruit cake
    • Taste
      Very sweet, always candied fruit cake, red fruits, green apple and plum. Sweet but with a dry texture. Alcohol well integrated but a little soft
    • Finish
      Easy, on cake, fresh fruit, apple. Average length

  9. Dramlicious scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior


    Very fruity with all sorts of stone fruits like cherries, apricots and peaches. There are also some red berries in the mix. Lots of honey with hints of vanilla. Then sun baked wood, straw and hey – like a old barn in the sun.


    Sweet, soft and even more wine-like now. Stone fruits and wild berries are back again. It gets dryer then. Oak, old leather and some peppercorns.


    Long and spicy with a certain bitterness from the oak. Hints of caramel and dried strawberries.


    A decent whisky finished in an overly active cask. Overall, it was a pretty big disappointment for me. Very one-dimensional and definitely not what I was expecting from a Clynelish that old.


  10. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Give this one time. At first it was all oak, and bitterly disappointing. My initial hunch was that they used port casks to cover up an over-oaked malt. Over time, however, the fruitiness from the port emerges and the oakiness subsides into a very pleasant balance.
    • Nose
      A busy nose. Red berries, honey, wood, cream, a hint of citrus. A burst of polish belies its age. There is also some vanilla bean and a hint of mustard.
    • Taste
      Sweet, soft, berry arrival. Then an admixture of berries, oak, and tannic spice. Creamy and grassy with the spice eventually dominating.
    • Finish
      Very long, oaky, and sweet. Sweet berry and oak spice really linger.


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