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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 BA
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 points
- really nice and well made, but doesn’t stand out, much better than the standard clynelish 14 (livelier and more balanced sherry)
elegant sherry, gum, tree sap, dark fruits, honey, grass, nuts, waxy mint, elegant wood
rich stewed dark fruits, spicy, rich salty and sweet sherry, light smoke, orange, honey, grass
long, rich dark fruits, rich orange notes, really dry, grass and nuts at the back followed by rich stewed fruits with orange notes
- Nose: Starts quite rich with sherry and ripe red apple, dark honey and nuts. Quite an earthy feel to it and with a drop of water the earthiness is more prominent and the waxy notes you come to expect are also there.
Palate: More sherry influence here as well as pepper and spice. Milk chocolate filled with nuts and almonds and also a flinty edge with used matchsticks and sulphur. Drying towards the end.
Finish: Quite dry. Sherry and dark chocolate with hints of dry fig and dark honey, and some matchsticks too.
All in all this is a a very good Clynelish, the sherry is not prominent, which is nice as it does not mask the basic aromas and flavours of the spirit. Very different than the 18 year old Signatory Sherry Clynelish, but still quite enjoyable. It’s more expensive than the Signatory version. If i had to choose I’d opt for the former, rather than this one.
- Nose: Powerful, taking. Light iodine, tobacco and leather, wood, dried fruit and stewed fruit. Palate: Candied and dry yellow fruits. Round and sweet mouth, well balanced alcohol. Final: Average, in the continuity of the mouth. Verdict: Oufti it's good! The only dram I've finished this evening, by the way. What else to say? The sherry layer is not too invasive. Not complex, but a pleasure from start to finish.