Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
33 years old
Oak Cask
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Nov 2008 9:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 4043.66

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1973 SV

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.89 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    It is fortunate that finally be able to taste this one.
    He really plays on a lot of different things. Peaty, dirty, mineral, fruity, medicinal ... and everything balances very well.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The nose is magnificent.
      It changes every 3 minutes in the glass. The ventilation suits him perfectly.
      It is at the same time dirty, salty, mineral, fruity and spicy.
      Certainly salty. We also have dust, old bench, diesel.
      Light and very medicinal peat. Lots of camphor, eucalyptus. Licorice, star anise.
      Lemon, orange, yuzu zest.
      Acacia honey, heather. A little dried hay.
      A little solvent and pepper.
    • Taste
      93 93
      In the mouth it is very salty.
      Lemon, candy, soft caramel, fudge.
      Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple peel.
      Then more floral with rose, heather.
      From the stable. Hay, old car. A light and delicate peat with a veil of smoke.
      Always honey, a little wax.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long finish on honey, wax, citrus (orange and lemon), a pineapple hair and milk chocolate.
      Cold ash, light peat.

  2. Jnpons scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Color: straw gold, golden reflections.

    Nose: Whoua! Intense, incredible ..... just huge. Dust, dirt, old waxy wood, horse saddle leather, a little note of artichoke? Almond.

    Palate: explosive, syrupy, like a liqueur, honey, flowers, oily peat, grass, nuts, a little spice.

    Finish: long on grass and honey

    Comments: perfectly integrated alcohol, complex as desired.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A sexy dram. 
    • Nose
      Mineral. Salty. Sea air. Lemon. Sour calamansi. Honeyed green tea. Aloe. Tinned fruits. Myriads of little flavors, a la a very good official Brora.
    • Taste
      Right away, a wonderful mouthfeel -- very oily and viscous, and yes, dare I say, damn waxy! Very complex. Small little explosions in your mouth (again, like a very good official Brora). Always with this clean, very lemony edge. Also some camphor, a distinct smokiness, and dusty old books.
    • Finish
      Wonderful. Smoky. Honey. Minty.

  4. el Gato scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Clynelish/Brora Style. Not an overly complex dram. But my gosh, this one is i winner
    • Nose
      This right here is my sweet spot. Minerals. Fresh. Honey/waxy, subtile smoke. Pine. Salty and coastal.  
    • Taste
      Explosion. Peat. Salty. Minerals. Red Berries. Honey
    • Finish
      Lovely and long finish. Mouthwatering and Slightly bitter end. Just a bit to much perhaps

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Really not a typical Clynelish as it's completely lacking the typical grassy and vegetal notes. However, who cares if the actual result it's even better and this one is exceptionally different and great. For me the best Clynelish I had by far!
    • Nose
      Intensively citrusy, peaty, smoky, honey, tropical fruits, pineapple, bananas, passion fruits
    • Taste
      Very waxy, sweet tropical fruits, pretty peaty and smoky but very well balanced
    • Finish
      Long, burning, spicy and peppery - the fine smoky touch stays until the end

  6. Dede scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Wax, exotic fruits, peat, farm notes on all floors. Big presence on the palate, endless finale. Huge.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Notes from January 2015.
      Honey, melon, cough drops, orange.

    • Taste
       Fruity, honeydew melon, waxiness that coats the palate but feels fresh, a little fudge, peat evident.
    • Finish


      Nose - Very expressive now, shoe polish, still melon notes, varnish, wax maybe but its hard to put a finger on.

      Palate - Peat is more pronounced now, still very waxy, still loads of fruits and I also get a little chocolate.

      Finish - Very longAn excellent old Clynelish that still feels light and fresh despite its age.

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur


    Light gold
    Fruity and salty-spicy to the limit - the nostrils vibrate here! Smoke, light fruits like lime, mirabelle plum, soft apricot, some mango, plus delicious farmy notes of hay, wet grass, peat, charcoal and hints of wet pencil leads - after a few minutes the nose opens more and more and lets the fruit aromas more freely Run - great.
    Spicy and voluminous to the max. The fruits from the nose can all be found again and are accompanied by peat, smoke, coal, ash and farmy notes. With the emerging soft honey notes, an ingenious unit results, which despite all the fruit still has a tart character of fine herbs and wood - an incomparable and outstanding mouthfeel (94+)!
    Very long - spicy and dark. Tea, coffee, hints of dark cocoa, mocha, a little vanilla and again the dark notes of coal, peat and smoky malt - again ingenious and extremely tasty!
    94 points
    N: 93P / G: 94P / F: 94P

  9. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  10. whiskyexclusive1981 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    awesome whisky from the old days, fruity with awesome long tatse


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