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Overall rating
87.81/100
votes
36
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Selection
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
3846
Strength
53.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
10 Oct 2013 3:38 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149.95

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1989 AD

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.81 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A true textbook example of a well-balanced whisky coming from ex-bourbon wood. It's elegant, fresh, fruity and creamy. The finish gives a pleasing spicy warmth. 
    • Nose
      A great balance between distillate and the oak. Wax, honey and, grass, mint and cereal from the distillate, and pineapple, vanilla, coconut and sawdust from the cask. It's all rich and intense. A classic. 
    • Taste
      An oily, full-bodied, American oak matured taste: a tropical fruit basket (pineapple, banana,mango, lychee), green apple, coconut shavings, vanilla pods. Then honeyed cereals, honeysuckle, and mint. Towards the end, some pepper joins. 
    • Finish
      Spices from the oak (pepper corns), ginger, a more citric freshness, along with the same green and malty profile. 

  3. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in comparison with casks 3232 and 3233, reviewed in my blog:

    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/10/14/three-similar-clynelishes-from-adelphi/
    • Nose
      A lot of smells I’d usually associate with cognac. Also some bay rum. Marzipan. Cooked fruits, mainly pineapple. Light honey. Syrup from tinned fruit salad. Sultanas. Spice here is more peppery than woody, almost like a refined Tabasco.
    • Taste
      Very spicy. Some more bay rum. An almost meaty fruit note, similar to a classic Mortlach. Coconut. Herbal honey. Dry wood tannins. Bitter citrus peel. Creamy porridge.
    • Finish
      Long. Very dry. Full of woodspice and pepper. Some vanilla. Bitter green herbs. Tabasco. Charred wood. Tobacco smoke.

  4. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Defeatless scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: White wine, lemoncurd, white pepper, the classic Clynelish nose is there, but more spicy. Hint of vanilla and toffee. With water it opens up more and more and you will get more sour sweet notes. This is a very very good Clynelish nose!

    Taste: Sweet lemon-icing. Sweet and sour, the classic Clynelish taste, but with more sweet lemon on top. Sweet oranges, lots of sour sweet hard candy. With water: it softens a bit, but still everything is very well balanced

    Body: Full fat and oily!

    Finish: Medium-long Zesty, lemon, citrus fruit, hint of pepper and a bit drying.

    Price: This is worth about 150,- euro a bottle indeed!

    Presentation: Don't know this was a sample from a sampleswap wit Squaadgras
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Berrysaki scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fatty vanilla, caramel, lemon zest, hint of crisp apple. Even some gravy.
    • Taste
      Begins very soft, but soon the alcohol kicks in not in a nasty way. Harmony of vanilla, citrus, black pepper and a hint of bay leaf.
    • Finish
      Nice medium long finish that begins with vanilla and citrus and ends peppery.

  7. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. whiskyroma scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Flinty, almond oil, hessian, honey, moorland herbs. Turns creamier - salted fresh butter - and waxier. Canned pears. A little smoke. Some oak.
    • Taste
      Fruity, sweet, and creamy. Heather honey, coconut, vanilla, wax. Spicy, herbal. More oak than on nose. 
    • Finish
      Medium long. Lingering fruit. Toasted oak. Herbal and drying (a bit too much after a while).

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