Clynelish 1996 BR

Overall rating
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
France France
Added on
29 sep 2013 7:55 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 339.24

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1996 BR

17 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.19 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice Clynelish with a very nice balance between fruit, wax and peat.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very nice nose with a very defined fruitiness.
      Apricot, peach, plum, plum.
      A little grape seed, coriander, dried aromatic herbs.
      A nice dose of wax, accompanied by a medicinal atmosphere. Camphor.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth the balance is top.
      Yellow fruits. Apricot, peach, quince.
      Wax, honey, apricot kernel.
      Camphor, very light ash, graphite, pencil lead.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish on yellow fruit with light smoky ash. Very round and comforting. Graphite.

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  3. stf_92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    More mineral than waxy. The fruits of the orchard are present, very powerful. A hint of salt and bitterness.
    A little confusing I find for a Clynelish but it's a superb dram.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a juicy one for sure, very good, worth looking out for at auction.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Honeycomb, lemon, a little orange, ice cream wafers, , bakewell Tart.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy mouthfeel initially, then a big wave of pepper, lemon and orange fruit gums but also some unripe green gooseberry, that side it has plenty of sweetness to compensate.
      The pepepr and sweet fruit mix well but the balance is not great, too much pepper spice controls things, maybe water will assist?
    • Finish
      90 90
      Neat the finish is long and the best part, all the flavours mingle much better than on the palate.

      With water:-
      The palate is improved as more sweet fruit has been released that check the spice more than before.
      Finish is still long, and warming.

  5. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Powerful fruit bomb, very nice maturing.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Restrained and floral. Waxy fruits, citruses, honey, white wines and earth.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Powerful and oily. Grape, Earl Gray tea, waxy apple, honey and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, spicy, fruity.

  7. Ouwe Knatser scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    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

  8. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Easy pass nowadays at ~300€. Interesting dram definitely, but I'm waiting for more from that nose ; maybe next time. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  10. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  11. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  12. rousp scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I think I would have hated this whisky a few years ago but it turns out to be superbly powerful and captivating.
    • Nose
      Powerful, salty but still quite typical of Clynelish with wax and a lemony bent quite pronounced.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Very long, saline and earthy, nice return of barley and lemon.

  13. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  14. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  15. addyhd scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    verry nice but a bit to expensive imo
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur Color: pale straw / straw yellow
    Nose: Balanced and voluminous - pleasantly sweet with subtle, earthy-smoky aromas. In addition a lot of malt, but also some compost and horse stable (but more than suitable and pleasant!). Tropical fruits with delicately salty lemon - simply straightforward, purebred and elegant!
    Taste: Very round and balanced, thick creamy and full-bodied with lots of fruit, wild honey, vanilla and some apricot mustard. Again, the earthy-spicy flavors with slightly tart aromas of green olives and white wine vinaigrette. A gentleman Clynelish (very fine and not obtrusive).
    Finish: Very long - fruity light apricot cream with wax and leather. Drying fast (old bread and dry fruits) - harmoniously fresh and dull at the same time (mints, mountain herbs, green olives and liquorice).
    Comment: Through this "gentleman style" he comes almost too well. The often integrated "farmy notes" are virtually non-existent in this bottling. A great whisky!
    92 points (nose: 92 / taste: 92 / finish: 91)

  17. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lime wine gums, ripe mango, caramel fudge, honey, raspberry, apple, plum, apricot, vanilla, mocha, tobacco and a little smoke.
    • Taste
      Plum, leather, beeswax, eucalyptus, caramel, apple, peach, vanilla, tangerine and fig.
    • Finish
      Plum, leather, caramel, mocha, honey, apple, raspberry, fig, eucalyptus and a whiff of smoke.

  18. han wedge did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Malt Maniacs Award 2013 Winner: Best Natural Casks (Premium)

  19. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE (LMDW): Color: old green gold. Nose: powerful, voluntary. The first nose reveals a particularly spicy and salty malted barley. With speed, it runs then through fields of peat, direction the sea nearby. Exotic fruits (pineapple, mango), honeys (acacia, linden) and herbs (sage, wild thyme, parsley) give a replica to the spicy and salty notes of the first nose. Palate: firm, dynamic. It begins by delivering many fruits: apple, pear, mirabelle plum, blackcurrant, blackberry, white currant, etc. Tertiary, it evolves on notes of undergrowth (dead leaves, lichen) and citrus fruits (lemon, mandarin). The beeswax affixes its signature, the style Clynelish bursts now in broad daylight. Finish: long, grainy. Malted barley makes a dazzling return, and you can even say that you literally bake barley seeds.This register pastry (sourdough bread, brioche) and herbaceous is then replaced by dried fruits (fig, date, hazelnut Full of vigor, the retro-olfaction is at once salty, liquorice and earthy.Gourmand, the empty glass evokes a candied fruit cake.


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