- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
- Bottling serie
- Berrys' Own Selection
- 57.1 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Old Bond Street
- Bottled for
- La Maison du Whisky
- Added on
- 29 Sep 2013 7:55 am
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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 BR
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.22 points
- Powerful fruit bomb, very nice maturing.
Restrained and floral. Waxy fruits, citruses, honey, white wines and earth.
Powerful and oily. Grape, Earl Gray tea, waxy apple, honey and spicy oak.
Long, spicy, fruity.
- Compared the following casks, all distilled in 1996, all bottled by BB all cask strength.
6421 17 yo 92 points
6422, 17 yo 92 points
6423, 19 yo 86 points
Found this one equally as great as its relatively unknown twin cask 6422. Cask 6423 clearly being one dimentional compared to its siblings. Less fruity, less development, bittery and slightly acid in the finish. It does not seem to open up a lot in the glass, not even after leaving it for 30 min
- Easy pass nowadays at ~300€. Interesting dram definitely, but I'm waiting for more from that nose ; maybe next time.
- The nose is a let down here, maybe the rest of the sample will have aereted in a few months. Reading the comments of many others, I expected a very bold, segmenting dram. Instead I found it pretty refined, almost neutral. And yet, I can be the biggest fan of ultra-naked and austere drams like many Springbanks or Islays ; but here with this Clynelish, I'm not sure it's that much of an asset (on the nose, all the rest is top class). Good one anyway, I just wish I found it more extreme.
Initially blocked by alcohol it seems, it gets waxy, greasy, quite industrial but also with softer notes of mascarpone, soft citrus and subtle flowers. But it stays low-mode, lacking generosity. Time reveals some sourness (cider), dry earth and vegetal honey gets bigger and bigger. But the whole is still (too) shy, white wine-like. Water confirms that : a stone-y, shy, refined white wine.
Much, much more impact. Alcohol bites for a split second before a massive load of wax and dry earth hits you. Tertiary and industrial, earthy (but I didn't feel any plain peat myself), linoleum, styrofoam. Then gets more organic with "notions" of fruitiness : white grape, bergamotte. And then again, it's only afterwards that a big note of vegetal honey appears. Very good, much more convinced now. Perfect texture.
Probably my favourite part in retrospective, it gets complex : honey still, dry grass and newspapers. Lime is very clear now, carambola and dry mint as well. Violets, parget dust, wasabi. Dry earth and limestone, clearly. It's a very clean whirlwind of ever subtle flavours that keep switching. Still refined, no monster.
- On the nose, wax, honey, toffee that rises in power. What depth! On the palate, spicy, waxy and sweet. After a few austere sips, the sweetness wins to reach summits! Big final. With a little water, the nose evokes hot bread. This warm side is very present in the mouth too.
- pale gold color, moderately expressive nose, very maritime for Clynelish, mineral, less wax than in most Clynelish of this time, vegetal notes, some citrus fruits. Powerful mouth, perfectly integrated alcohol, rather austere, mineral, a lot of salt, a little pepper, lemon, medicinal plants. Very long finish, slight touch of smoke, iodine. A very original Clynelish, very well done but too austere for my taste.
- I think I would have hated this whisky a few years ago but it turns out to be superbly powerful and captivating.
Powerful, salty but still quite typical of Clynelish with wax and a lemony bent quite pronounced.
Always salty, bitter and grassy. A peaty impression counterbalanced by a certain sweetness like barley sugar. Uncompromising but perfectly balanced, oily and oily. With water, it opens beautifully on notes of undergrowth, seaweed and love apple and loses a little of its gleaming side.
Very long, saline and earthy, nice return of barley and lemon.
- The nose is powerful, abundantly salty (brine), but softened by softer notes of barley sugar, wax (Clynelish obliges). Lemon marries salt. A little bit of epoxy resin (yes, it doesn't sound very nice but it actually goes very well here). As a bonus, the water reveals olive oil as well as exotic notes of the most beautiful effect. The whole is admirably chiseled, no frills, power yes, but in finesse.
First remark: the alcohol is remarkably well integrated. The attack is salty, then a very nice bitterness develops, a superb gentian / liquorice combo, raised by the acidity of lemon and a hint of peat, while a certain sweetness in the background balances the whole. Add to that a fatty, oily texture, and you have a perfect malt "for us men", but refined version. The water further strengthens the gentian notes and makes it even more easily drinkable.
The finish is very long, bitter (but not the harsh bitterness of the tannins), subtly peaty with lemon and salt which sticks to the palate.
The kind of malt that won't appeal to everyone, but that will knock out fans of the genre. I love. Objectively, he doesn't have the complexity to reach 92 (but 91 yes), but he is so perfect in his style that I put them on him anyway.