Clynelish 1996 GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Refill Sherry Butts
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Map Label
Added on
01 Oct 2013 9:51 am

Average value

€ 81.92

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36 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 GM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.06 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017] Clynelish is one of the most dangerous distilleries in the world - as the tour guides there are extremely paranoid that no visitor takes a photo inside the distillery while at many others they allow photography even in the running stillhouse. Do they really believe that a photo camera can blow a distillery off? If so I must be dead sure dead (several times) as I took thousands of pictures inside working distilleries and yes, I did this even at the dangerously explosive Clynelish site. If any Diageo lawyer reads my reviews: this crime is time-barred now!

    The true reason for the photography ban inside the big group's distilleries (Diageo, Chivas, LVHM) is quite simple: A distillery tour takes significantly longer if the visitors are allowed to take pictures (or as a manager puts it "it is like herding cats when they are looking for the best shot"). And the resulting lower visitor throughput during peak times limits the profit of the visitor centre...

    Nonetheless I like the highly explosive Clynelish stuff very much and I am in the mood of checking two (roughly) 17-year old independent bottlings at the drinking strength of 46% abv against each other: The 1997 Wemyss "Bench with a Sea View" (WY, WB id 58805) versus this 1996 Gordon&MacPhail "Connoisseurs Choice" (GM).

    These are another two excellent showcases of this great (but unfortunately highly explosive) distillery. While the GM is a rather simple but very enjoyable dram the "Bench with a Sea View" is both highly interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable. And both were offered at an okayish price point: I bought the GM for 70 Euro in March, 2015 and the Wemyss for 69 Euro in October, 2015.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The Wemyss is one shade darker at old gold than the GM at jonquiripe corn. The GM shows a texture of late slow legs with fat sticky tears and the WY is basically the same. Both promise a good mouthfeel and long finish. The WY offers an adorable mix of fruits (coconuts and more), honey and barley sugars together with maritime aromas, all very nicely balanced. The GM is less sweeter but still shows great honey aromas together with nice leathery notes and beeswax. I like the Wemyss more.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The WY is truly multi-layered with waves of citric fruits, ulmo honey, spices and hints of peaty flavours marching slowly over the tongue into the finish. Again very balanced and without any off-note. The later waves offer maritime flavours and some salt too. The GM is a little simplier here on a fruity-malty-chocolatey profile (toffee, raisins, kumquats) that is very quaffable too. But the complexity and harmony of the Wemyss is truly outstanding and it takes this round clearly. Water is not needed on both drams - they are best at the offered drinking strength of 46% abv.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The GM arrives coating and warming on the palate with no distracting moments. The WY is even more coating but has a minor astringent feeling too (metallic) that is not unpleasant at all. I go for a draw on this dimension. Both own a long finish with the WY sticking a little longer to the throat than the GM. The GM again is quite simple but highly enjoyable with some more spices and other wooden flavours that pep it up. The WY shows a more complex mix of flavours and aromas that simply is...great. It is not as powerful as other Clynelish drams but it is delicate and "lecker". No off-notes, no bitterness or drying wood - all fits together as it should be (for a modern dram this is close to perfection). Guess what I like more?

  2. Bart-msb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  3. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Mineral, slightly grassy, a lot of lemon, citrus zest, sweet oak notes
    • Taste
      91 91
      Mild sweet start, then creamy, lots of citrus notes, pastries, slightly dry oak spice
    • Finish
      89 89
      Slightly bitter citrus zest, sweet oak, very creamy and medium-long finish

  4. whiskybro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  5. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. VWWW scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not a typical Clynelish, though i've tasted this profile before from this distillery... not the loads of waxiness, but more grassy in a sort of Lowland-style.

  7. VWWW scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not a typical Clynelish to me, but tasted this profile before from this distillery... Not the loads of waxiness but more grassy in a sort of Lowland-style...

  8. VWWW scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not so typical Clynelish, but tasted this profile before in expressions of this distillery. Not the loads of waxiness but more grassy. A little Lowland-style to me...

  9. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Wax, Malt, Hay, Herbs, Vanilla
    • Taste
      Sweet Vanilla, Pettery Spices, Floral
    • Finish
      Drying a little, mild spices, medium long, slightly citric

  10. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Putty, paint, river stones, vanilla, chaff, honey, wax. Ripe pears. A little smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet, clean and malty. Honey. Barley. Cooked fruits - apples especially. Hard boiled lollies. Quite light bodied.
    • Finish
      Not the longest. Custard and rhubarb. Some oak spice.


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