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Clynelish 1996 BR

Overall rating
90.38/100
votes
84
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
Berrys' Own Selection
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2013
Casknumber
6421
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Old Bond Street
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
Market
fr France
Added on
29 Sep 2013 7:58 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 310.00

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Tastingtags

14 Notes

Ouwe Knatser
Member Senior Ouwe Knatser Note
30 Jan 2018 9:47 am

Compared the following casks, all distilled in 1996, all bottled by BB all cask strength.

Cask:

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

My Collection
Gaija
Expert Senior Gaija Review note
25 Dec 2017 11:28 am
Gaija gave this whisky 87 points

Easy pass nowadays at ~300€. Interesting dram definitely, but I'm waiting for more from that nose ; maybe next time. 

Weighted Rate
87.3
Nose
85
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
85
Presentation
88
Gaija
Expert Senior Gaija Tasting note
25 Dec 2017 10:08 am
Gaija gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

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.

Taste

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.

Finish

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.

Comments

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.

lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Note
08 Mar 2017 9:31 pm

Au nez, cire, miel, caramel qui monte en puissance. Quelle profondeur ! En bouche, épicé, cireux et doux. Après quelques gorgées un peu austères, la douceur gagne pour atteindre des sommets ! Grosse finale. Avec un peu d'eau, le nez évoque le pain chaud. Ce côté chaleureux est très présent en bouche également.

Enthousiasme 4/5

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tomy63
Expert Senior tomy63 Note
24 Jan 2017 10:44 pm
tomy63 gave this whisky 89 points

couleur or pale, nez moyennement expressif, très maritime pour Clynelish, minéral, moins de cire que dans la plupart des Clynelish de cette époque,  notes végétales, quelques agrumes. Bouche puissante, alcool parfaitement intégré, assez austère, minérale, beaucoup de sel, un peu de poivre, citron, plantes médicinales. Finale très longue, légère touche fumée, iode. Un Clynelish assez original, très bien fait mais trop austère à mon goût.

rousp
Member Senior rousp Tasting note
14 Nov 2016 10:43 pm
rousp gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Puissant, salé mais néanmoins assez typique de Clynelish avec de la cire et un penchant citronné assez prononcé.

Taste

Toujours salé, amer et herbacé. Une impression de tourbé contrebalancée par une certaine douceur façon sucre d'orge. Sans concession mais parfaitement équilibré, gras et huileux. Avec de l'eau, il s'ouvre magnifiquement sur des notes de sous-bois, d'algues et pomme d'amour et perd un peu de son côté rutilant.

Finish

Très longue, saline et terreuse, beau retour de l'orge et du citron.

Comments

Je pense que j'aurais détesté ce whisky il a quelques années mais il s'avère être superbement puissant et captivant.

Dede
Expert Senior Dede Note
26 Apr 2015 10:18 pm
Dede gave this whisky 92 points

Le nez est puissant, abondamment salé (saumure), mais adouci par des notes plus douces de sucre d'orge, de cire (Clynelish oblige). Du citron vient se marier au sel. Un peu de résine epoxy (oui, ça ne semble pas très agréable mais ça passe en fait très bien ici). L'eau fait apparaître en prime de l'huile d'olive ainsi que des notes exotiques du plus bel effet. L'ensemble est admirablement ciselé, pas de fioritures, de la puissance oui, mais dans la finesse.

Première remarque : l'alcool est remarquablement bien intégré. L'attaque est salée, puis une très belle amertume se développe, superbe combo gentiane/réglisse, relevé par l'acidité du citron et un soupçon de tourbe, cependant qu'une certaine douceur sucrée en toile de fond vient équilibrer l'ensemble. Ajoutez à ça une texture grasse, huileuse, et vous obtenez un parfait malt "pour nous les hommes", mais version raffinée. L'eau renforce encore les notes de gentiane et le rend encore plus facilement buvable.

La finale est très longue, amère (mais pas l'amertume rêche des tannins), subtilement tourbée avec du citron et du sel qui reste collé au palais.

Le genre de malt qui ne plaira pas à tout le monde, mais qui fera tomber les amateurs du genre. J'adore. Objectivement, il n'a pas la complexité pour atteindre les 92, mais il est tellement parfait dans son style que je les lui mets quand même.

"I can resist anything but temptation." O. Wilde
Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
06 Jan 2015 10:24 pm
Hvdree gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
91
Presentation
89
Nomnomnomnomnomnom...
addyhd
Connoisseur addyhd Review note
09 Mar 2014 5:41 pm
addyhd gave this whisky 91 points

verry nice but a bit to expensive imo

Weighted Rate
90.9
Nose
92
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
88
Presentation
91
I'd rather have a full bottle in front of me, than a full frontal lobotomy.
checkpointuk
Expert Senior checkpointuk Note
28 Feb 2014 10:11 am
checkpointuk gave this whisky 92 points

http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/clynelish-cask-strength-jma-old-masters-cask-vs-berrys-own-selection-for-lmdw-31949/ 

Farbe: Blas­ses Stroh / Stroh­gelb
Nase: Aus­ge­wo­gen und volu­mi­nös – ange­nehm süß mit dezen­ten, erdig-rauchigen Aro­men. Dazu viel Malz, aber auch etwas Kom­post und Pfer­de­stall (jedoch mehr als pas­send und ange­nehm!). Tro­pi­sche Früchte mit zart sal­zi­ger Zitrone – ein­fach grad­li­nig, rein­ras­sig und ele­gant!
Geschmack: Sehr rund und aus­ba­lan­ciert, dick cre­mig und voll­mun­dig mit viel Frucht, wil­dem Honig, Vanille und etwas Apri­ko­sen­senf. Dazu wie­der die erdig-würzigen Ein­schläge mit leicht her­ben Aro­men von grü­nen Oli­ven und Weißwein-Vinaigrette. Ein Gentleman-Clynelish (sehr fein und kei­nes­wegs auf­dring­lich).
Finish: Sehr lang – fruch­tig leichte Apri­ko­sen­creme mit Wachs und Leder. Schnell tro­cke­ner wer­dend (altes Brot und Tro­cken­früchte) – har­mo­nisch frisch und dumpf zugleich (Minz­bon­bons, Berg­kräu­ter, grüne Oli­ven und Lakritze).
Bemer­kung: Durch die­sen „Gentleman-Style“ kommt er fast schon zu artig rüber. Die oft inte­grier­ten „farmy notes“ sind in die­ser Abfül­lung so gut wie nicht vor­han­den. Ein klasse Whisky!
92 Punkte (Nase: 92 / Geschmack: 92 / Finish: 91)

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