- 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
10 × in wishlist
25 × member ratings
37 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 GM
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.13 points
- [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) https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/58805/clynelish-1997-wy versus this 1996 Gordon&MacPhail "Connoisseurs Choice" (GM).Colour: 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...Nose: 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.Mouthfeel: The GM arrives coating and warming on the palate with no distracting moments. The WY is even more coating but has a minor adstringent feeling too (metallic) that is not unpleasant at all. I go for a draw on this dimension.Taste: 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.Finish: 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?Water is not needed on both drams - they are best at the offered drinking strength of 46% abv.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.
Wax, Malt, Hay, Herbs, Vanilla
Sweet Vanilla, Pettery Spices, Floral
Drying a little, mild spices, medium long, slightly citric
Putty, paint, river stones, vanilla, chaff, honey, wax. Ripe pears. A little smoke.
Sweet, clean and malty. Honey. Barley. Cooked fruits - apples especially. Hard boiled lollies. Quite light bodied.
Not the longest. Custard and rhubarb. Some oak spice.
- Compared with Enlightenment CB and Glentauchers 1990 #14428
Waxy, grassy, yoghurt and green unions.
Floral, malty and citrus - lemon. Honey, nuts and some spices - pepper.
Medium drying, earthy - mushrooms, citrus and fruity.
- Not very complex, but crisp, light and quite drinkable.
The same floral note I always find in Clynelish, but more dominant here. Sweet oranges. Dried apples. Orange cake. Vanilla. Marmalade. Waxy note hidden quite deep down but it's there. Also a hint of alspice or nutmeg.
Woodspice. Nutmeg. Salt. Wax. Bitter orange. Green apple. Mild honey. Wintergreen.
Long. Woody. Some bitter fruits, more oranges. Wispy vanilla. Slight hint of anise.
- Aroma: In the nose straw, bright fruits, peach and apple, vanilla, malt and oak.
Taste: The palate is bitter, oak and spicy.
Finish: Medium-length finish with oak.
- This is one of the few times that I don't mind that a whisky has been watered down. I think 46 per cent is the perfect volume for this whisky. It's a nice, very accessible dram.
Starts of a bit oaky, but then transforms to straw, vanilla and a whiff candy hearts. You know, the ones with the short messages on it like 'Love you' or 'Hug me'. It mellows out a bit after I warm the glass some more with my hands. Some classic candle wax and green apple notes appear.
Again some obvious wood-influence here, to the extend that there's some bitterness. There's also some white fruit, apple and a little bit of roasted nuts. It is fairly well balanced.
A nutty and dusty finish that converts into some orange and apple after a couple of minutes.