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Clynelish 14-year-old

Overall rating
84.31/100
votes
84
Whiskybase ID
WB52446
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Coastal Highland Single Malt
Stated Age
14 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
200 ml
Label
'Clynelish 14' in red
Barcode
5000281020037
Added on
23 Feb 2014 4:54 pm by alex_p
Colored

Average value

€ 18.76

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 14-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.31 points

  1. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious material, uncomplicated and well bottled.
    On the nose I have chestnuts and pickled cherries as well as marzipan. Fruity, aromatic but not overwhelming and monotonous like many modern sherry whiskys
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Likudi scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

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

  3. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Special mix of light fruits (pear, ...), vanilla, wood spice and hints of smoke - this is characteristic.

    On the nose overall a bit weak and light.

    On the palate even too fiery without water (you may add some drops).

    ... again: special - I'm torn between something pleasant and something slightly poisonous.
    • Nose
      pears, apples (green and sour), lemon juice (also faint hints of sorbet), peppery spiciness, some spicy smoke (balanced in the lightness), some light caramel, orange oil, candle wax, certain freshness, herbal grasses, some interwoven vanilla, slightly smoky alcohol, traces of wood are getting more prominent - fresh light wood with an alcoholic touch, special mustard caramel, certain aromatic oiliness, transparent & spicy, salt, some wet stones, hints of cheap rum from the supermarket again and again, hints of BBQ sauce, pear mousse from the factory, a splash of vinegar, hints of plastic bag, interwoven detergents
    • Taste
      fruity - sweet and sour, citrus fruits, then a strong spiciness arises, hints of smoke, slightly oily, pepper etc, candied apple slices, fire, spicy smoke, aggressiveness on the palate (partly getting stunned), more spice, sourness, pear syrup (but not sweet), vanilla cookies, some candle wax, unripe banana peel, some Spiritus, quite lasting, grass, alcohol, with water clear and prominent detergents
    • Finish
      light fruitiness with strong spices and wood, getting in the direction of bitterness, some vanilla sugar in the fruit salad, some smoke, spicy wood, getting fairly dry, apple slices, pear peel, medium long, mustard seeds

  4. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A good fellow who seems quite complex according to his age. Unfortunately colored and filtered. But the PLV is perfect. However, the new make is still very present. But still good standard. Respect.
    • Nose
      Some smell peppery, I say teasing alcohol. But with a little water he immediately shows what he can do. Lemon-fruity with a lot of vanilla, with a touch of orange peel and even a little cinnamon. Well done.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, creamy with plenty of woody flavor, but harmoniously interwoven with peppery sea spray. Even some notes of honey from Glenfiddich are mixed in. Everything feels earthy though. Dry mouthfeel. Probably from the New Make.
    • Finish
      Medium to rather short. But it stays sweet, creamy and malty until the end. Nice that he persevered. Brevity is the soul of wit :-)

  5. Merl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Clear citrus notes, pleasant freshness, some honey, waxy, slightly tart. Very exciting and waxy finish.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. dominikbraun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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  8. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Arquebus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Two Clynelish opened and tried side by side: G-o-T and the standard 14yr old (20cl.) 51.2% vs 46%. £35 for the G-o-T and £44 (equivalent.) for the 14.
    Initial nosing: the 14 has the edge - softer, richer, smokier and more expressive. G-o-T is shyer - thinner, sharper more hidden behind a damp wood note. It’s as if the extra 5% is just that - which dilutes the Malt flavours. ... Both have expressive noses which demand careful nosing, but the 14 is a touch more defined and articulate. 14 yr old yields Light esters, mirabelle plums, some pear, bands of distinct sweet smoke, touches of sherry, perhaps coconut and then heavier syrups.
    The G-o-T plays hide and seek with a damp wood / cardboardy overcoat. Light esters, more pear, spirity eau-de-cologne mint, narrower bands of delicate sweet smoke that take longer to emerge, blasts of icing sugar, touch of sherry and spices. Just when it seems to have gone flat it drops its overcoat and out pop the fruits and flashes of smoke again
    Taste: both initially sweet, then more on bitter herbal notes carrying the nose onto the pallet and on to the finish which is medium but lingering.
    Both whiskies clearly from the same stables and to be honest there’s not a huge difference. The G-o-T Is just more muted and diluted despite its higher abv. Both suffer from chill-filtration - but they represent great value - it’s a shame there isn’t more naturally presented Clynelish in this price range!
    85 for the G-o-T ( 87pts for the 14yr old).

  10. Svarttt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A great standard. Not 0815. Nice to experiment a little with water.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Honey, wax, malt. With a little water more floral notes.
    • Taste
      84 84
      A little alcoholic without water, but a nice mouthfeel. Honey sweetness with a slightly salty "maritime" charm.
    • Finish
      83 83

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