Clynelish 1997 TWC

Overall rating
87.34/100
votes
99
Whiskybase ID
WB52673
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
5742
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
04 mar 2014 5:56 pm by Noface83
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69.90

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87 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1997 TWC

21 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.34 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 70 Euro in April, 2015.

    A quaffable and enjoyable dram but in a blind tasting I never ever would have guessed a Clynelish.  But who cares, if it tastes that good...

    [December, 2019] I opened another bottle that I bought for 70 Euro in April, 2015. I fully confirm my old review, a nice old-style dram that is tasty and quaffable but not very "Clynelish-y". Who cares? Sláinte!
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is old gold and the texture shows small tears with slow moving legs. The nose is quite rich on an autumn floral and vanilla-toffee profile with spicy and herbal aromas. Nicely balanced and without any flaw (that I can find). Upon breathing fine old-style waxes and oily impressions join in.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is quite smooth for a Clynelish and very creamy-chewable. Delicious and dangerously quaffable, but not a typical Clynelish taste. Nevertheless, I really like it! There are fine sweet sugary flavours in combination with milk chocolatey notes, waxes, oils, earthy notes and much more. All balanced
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds some smokey-peaty flavours that are very welcomed. Again, no bitter or astringent notes. Some water releases more aromas and flavours both in the nose and on the palate - I like it best when reduced to about 46% abv.

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  3. Speedo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice waxy candy Clynelish.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Sandman23 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant whisky, intense taste.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity and sweet, Honey, citrus, tropical fruits, peach
    • Taste
      88 88
      Intense, sweet, fruity, slightly pungent. Honey and some oranges.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still pungent, strong and full. Sweet, honey, peach. Long finish, some wood-tones.

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Liquid_Gold scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A decent, but slightly unexpected, Clynelish.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. DDiep did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comments by Whiskyfun:
    Clynelish 17 yo 1997/2014 (52.5%, The Whisky Cask, bourbon)
    Three stars and a half.
    Colour: pale gold.

    Nose: the bourbon wood’s rather loud at first nosing, with quite a lot of vanilla and toffee plus a little wood smoke. That may mask a bit distillery character, let’s see what happens with water. With water: there is an Ardmoreness now, which is very fine, but it would rather be an Ardmore all on tinned peaches and apricots.

    Mouth (neat): I do not know if it’s the oak again, but I rather find a lot of garden fruits, and not much wax and Clynelishness. Apple liqueur, cherry liqueurs, vanilla… Also bags of gooseberries. I love gooseberries, but I wouldn’t eat tons of them. Certainly very good, but not very Clynelish. With water: even sweeter. Fruit juice, fruit salad.
    Finish: medium length. Tinned fruits.

    Comments: it’s good, no doubt, but had I tried it blind, I’d have said it could have been Glenmorangie. SGP:541 - 83 points.

  12. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A lot of spice. Vanilla, apple skin. A little caramel and a whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      Caramel, apple, spice, liquorice and a little red fruit in the background.
    • Finish
      Caramel, apricot, apple, vanilla.

  13. captain_k did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  14. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared wit Clynelish 1997 DoD, Clynelish 1997 ANHA, Clynelish 1997 TWC and Clynelish 1996 SMS. Thanks Marcel!
    • Nose
      Nuts, syrup and pepper.
    • Taste
      Pepper, mint, woody, citrus - lemon and syrup.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with spices and citrus.

  15. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Fits. Beautiful SC, beautiful Clynelish, price OK.
    • Nose
      sweet, vanilla, cereals, butter biscuits ... plus a light floral freshness
    • Taste
      Toffee, caramel, roasted sugar, very sweet and fruity (baked banana?), With a very slight citrus bitterness (lime / grapefruit?)
      ...
      after some time: sweet, spicy sharpness, the water runs together in the mouth ...
    • Finish
      medium length, pepper, chocolate biscuits

  16. JVermij scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Given time to breathe in the glass does well for this dram
    • Nose
      Slight hint of sherry, lots of sweet honey, vanilla and briar
    • Taste
      molten vanilla, crème brûlée. First touch is rather soft, but soon after followed with a hint of pepper and lemon.
    • Finish
      The hints of pepper and Lemon from the initial taste dominate the finish, which is a little spicey. Not a very long finish, not short either

  17. Ciro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Very light in the nose. Floral, honey sweet and waxy with beautiful overripe fruit notes (honeydew melon). Beautifully pleasing summer paint in the nose. In the mouth it remains very fruity and waxy. A lot of vanilla. The barrel strength is also noticeable. In the finish, it gets really interesting with beautiful toffee notes, spicy honey, a little salty maritime and a hint of oak.
    With water comes out even more honey sweetness and in the mouth it is now extremely soft and supple. But also a little more oak and herbal notes are added in the taste. Working with water is worthwhile. But pure, this whisky is a pleasure.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  20. whiskyreini scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Toffie76 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      gentian, heather, honey, wet board, cigar box, sawdust, exotic fruits, vanilla
    • Taste
      the mouth is melted, vanilla, crème brûlée. Sweet on the attack, followed by a fleeting peppery heat. A citric wave takes over. The wax is present but shy. It only shows up after aeration. With time, the dram becomes rounder and traces of smoke appear. A little hay in the nose now.
    • Finish
      A citric / tart finish.

  22. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Too bad for this bitterness in the mouth, otherwise it would be a real treat sweet and salty. It's still not bad at all.
    • Nose
      Apple and pear compote, it's very sweet on the nose. A little waxy smoke is noticeable. A greedy nose.
    • Taste
      Apricot bitterness, which calms over the sips to make room for mango compote mixed with citrus. It's sweet, and very fruity. But behind this sweetness is also hiding growing waves of salt when you leave the liquid for a few moments in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Pretty short. Salt mixes with fruit syrup, and both stick to the palate. Slight woody bitterness and iodized smoke in retro-olfaction.

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