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Overall rating
85.79/100
votes
30
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Vintage
29.10.1997
Bottled
16.01.2014
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Hogsheads
Casknumber
12373 + 12374
Number of bottles
739
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L14/71
Added on
18 Feb 2014 3:41 pm by Angelos
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 69,00

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39 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 SV

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.79 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nicely rich, summery and fruity on the nose, with water revealing the Clynelish waxiness, but then it falls flat on the palate because of less-than-ideal casks. Perhaps not a hugely necessary bottling when we have so many other good-to-great indie Clynelishes out there...
    • Nose
      Extremely bright and fruity with honeydew melon, pineapple, guava and pear. Behind that, there's a sweet caramel richness but also a sense of dry, mineralic white wine. The ex-bourbon wood provides a vague impression of honeyed warmth, but it's hard to detect apart from that. A typical American-oak nose from (perhaps slightly tired) refill barrels. At first I struggled to find the typical Clynelish notes, but I'm happy to report that water improves it greatly - and brings out the wax!
    • Taste
      Slick, oily texture, some heat, some juicy acidity, and a little sweetness.
      Develops along the lines of sweet-->sour-->bitter (the tired-cask variety).
      Sour fruit compote and impressions of steamed green vegetables. Really not a lot of cask involvement or development here; it all goes in a steady line without any valleys or peaks. It's also slightly hot without water, the addition of which mellows it out but doesn't substantially improve the palate. H2O adds some spiky tannins at the death, though.
    • Finish
      Salty aftertaste on a carpet of bitter astringency with pockets of sweet-and-sour flashes and still some zingy alcohol. Virtually no oak.

  2. ottos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not much else to add to the good tasting notes that can be found below. A very nice Clynelish (as with most of these vintages) which was great value for money.

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Ordinary whisky for fair ~ 43 €, as usual in this series. No tongue-licking tongue flatterer, but rather gruff, "dirty".
    • Nose
      Honey sweetness and caramel, some citrus and a slight tingling sensation in the nose (mineral water), a bit earthy-musty (and very light smoke?)
    • Taste
      first honey and caramel, then it becomes woodier, some pepper, sweetened coffee, soil, dirty smoke, altogether quite dry in the mouth
    • Finish
      medium-long, pepper, nut and a slightly artificial note (maybe something other than wax?)

  4. Ciro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. JohnnyThunder did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Serge @Whiskyfun: Clynelish 16 yo 1997/2014 (46%, Signatory Vintage, Un-Chillfiltered Collection, hogsheads, casks #12373+12374, 739 bottles)
    Colour: gold. Nose: ah yes. A mineral and earthy Clynelish, better
    polished, more complex, with wax, blonde tobacco, a little camphor and
    then many citrus fruits. Perfect, not much else to add. Mouth: really
    excellent, another example of a small-batch vatting that may be better
    than the individual casks – but that’s pure speculation of course, I
    couldn’t try the casks. Lemon peel, lemon curd, sauvignon blanc,
    limestone, honeydew, lime and all that. Finish: long, clean, chiselled,
    focused. A touch of salt in the aftertaste. Comments: great value – if
    you like Clynelish’s style of course. I’m a fan. SGP:462 – 88 points.

  6. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    sample from Willem
    • Nose
      nuts, citrus - lemon, butter, fruity, some smoke, vanilla, honey and spices 
    • Taste
      starts sweet, wood - pine resin, coffee, some orange, caramel, smoke and there's the Clynelish wax
    • Finish
      medium drying with vanilla, spices, wholemeal bread, citrus and sugared nuts

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In direct comparison, the 14 YO OB is a bit shy in comparison to this one. The honey is much bigger in this one, whereas it doesn't have the malty and salty touches from that one.

    I also lined it up with some other '97 Clynelish bottlings from the same range (4616, 4619, 12365 and 12375) and found this one to be the spiciest one of the four. It's also smoother than the the ones from the 4... series and not as dirty.Great value-for-money.
    • Nose
      Honey, lime, caramel, vanilla, beeswax, tangerine, cookie dough, young wood, straw and a whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      Honey, vanilla, lime, caramel, beeswax, straw, spice and a little smoke.
    • Finish
      Honey, toffee, smoke and oaky spice.

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