Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
23 years old
Refill Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
49.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 May 2014 7:20 pm by Hare&Copper
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149.95

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47 × member ratings

33 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1990 AD

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. Sandman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Banana, malted barley, creme brulee, wax, peach, apricot, little cinnamon, grass, hint of sea salt, bacon, baked apples and honey.
    • Taste
      Waxy, salted caramel, grass, orange, bacon, nuts, banana, lime, apple, peach, apricot and honey.
    • Finish
      Long nuts, spices, orange peel, fried bacon, creme brulee, banana and baked apple

  2. chlinatele scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 23 yo 1990/2014 (49%, Adelphi, refill bourbon barrel, cask #3233, 176 bottles) Five stars
    High hopes here but careful with these vintages… Colour: straw. Nose: phew, it’s a waxy batch. We could stop here but since it‘s Clynelish… Orange peel, beeswax, sunflower oil, burning candles, riesling, ink and newspapers, baker’s yeast, sourdough, pine needles… This is what I’d call an obvious nose. Or perfection made whisky. Mouth: medicinal arrival, then chalk, lemon, plasticine, riesling, pine liqueur, a drier chartreuse, a drop of Jägermeister (ich bitte um Entschuldigung) and a vast amount of citrus peels. Terrific. Finish: long, tense, almost a little brutal, as when you’ve had the strongest and driest herbal drinks. I think we could have called the anti-maltoporn brigade. Comments: insane whisky that hits you right between your eyes in spite of the moderate strength and the virtual absence of peat. Hate it that I missed this one when it was still on the shelves; what was I doing?
    SGP:462 - 92 points.

  3. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. el Gato scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. el Gato scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A fine dram. Pretty much same story from a to z. Turns a tad Woody and bitter With time.
    • Nose
      Minerals. Waxy, Red berries all over. Jammy. Grassy. Tropical salad. Rhubarb. Salty bacon at times. 
    • Taste
      Hints of salt. Lovely mouth feel. Jammy. Red berries continues. A taf floral. Sweet spices. Nutty. Pears.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Salty. Turning slightly bitter now.  Hints of Wood influence. Red berries of course. Liquerice.

  7. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in comparison with casks 3232 and 3846, reviewed in my blog:

    • Nose
      Tropical fruit. Banana flavouring. Cooked pineapple. Waxy citrus peel. Slightly dusty. Light woodsmoke and the slightest hint of tar and treacle. Light woodspice. Slight hints of muscato.
    • Taste
      Silky mouthfeel. Sweet white wine. Nutmeg. Honey. Parsley. Coal dust. Pencil shavings. Bitter wood tannins bring up the end.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Bitter wood. Tropical fruits. Apricot. Sandalwood.

  8. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A little mineral to start. Then fruity - tinned peaches and pears. Buttery pastry.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Custard, apple pie, honey, pear drops. A little smoke at the end.
    • Finish
      More tinned fruit. 


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