Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Edition Spirits (ED)
Bottling serie
The First Editions
Stated Age
17 years old
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
58.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Jun 2014 10:12 pm by Bishlouk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 221.79

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16 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 ED

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.33 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] Usually the whisky experts are often divided about a certain dram - this is because tastes and preferences are different (e.g., Jim Murray likes rather flawless, balanced and subtle drams while on the other side Serge Valentin prefers powerful, spiky and sometimes even dirty whiskies like sulphur-spoiled ones). So it is a little sensation that both liked this Clynelish very much with Jim scoring 96.5 points and Serge 90 points. A good reason to open bottle no. 256 that I bought for 114 Euro in March, 2015 - and I am curious if I will score it high like the "experts" or rather average-only like most WB members so far...

    ...and actually I am more with the experts. This is a flawless, complex and very, very delicate dram that is dangerously quaffable. I could drink this at any time of any day, great stuff and still available in Belgium - obviously one for drinkers only...

    [February, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review. This is a dangerously quaffable old Traditional Scotch style whisky that does not go for cheap thrills but impresses my taste buds with complexity, harmony and an adorable mouthfeel from the first sip to the last finish. I could drink this anytime on any day...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate fruity (grapefruits, peaches and more), waxy and leafy profile in a superb balance. There are many more aromas to explore over time (e.g., nuts, oils, chalk) and yes - this is a complex nose! I really like it. Some water turns the nose punchier while more reduction adds additional aromas. Ideal for playing with water, actually.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is truly multi-layered on more fruits (apples, lemons) before the spices kick in (ginger, peppers). After that the chalky side shows up and than the herbs enter the stage. Finally there are some tea flavours (both green and herbal teas). This is a great movie on my tongue and I cannot find any flaw or off-note. Some water smoothes the taste further and releases more spicy flavours (cardamon, coriander) while more water increases the fruits (oranges). Again I like both the neat and reduced drams.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The whisky arrives warming in the mouth and immediately coats the whole of it with a creamy feeling without any bitter or astringent moments. This is a close-to-perfection mouthfeel! The finish is long and adds some peaty flavours, finally (that I did not find in the nose nor taste). It vanishes slowly while getting more spicy and chalky. No distracting drying or bitter moments whatsoever.

  2. aspa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I also left the dram in the glass for a while, now it immediately feels soft and round, I would easily believe it has been more than 17 years. I can only describe the nose as a crystal clear typical Clynelish from the bourbon barrel nose. Then there are the green apples, the citrus notes, the mineral chalk aromas and also the beeswax. everything right through the middle. Super balanced, nicely integrated alcohol, and a nice interplay of all typical aromas. Even if you shouldn't say that with a rather expensive bottle, the smell is very reminiscent of the OA 14er - but with a little more strength and more complexity. I like it really well!

    In the mouth it continues seamlessly, but there is a little more pepper and the alcohol is a little stronger. That gives the dram more power, and that's actually what I miss a little with the 14er. Great apple and citrus flavors, great oily and salty notes and my beloved mineral and waxy flavors dominate. Maybe a little orange, and a little bit bitter, an early gray tea or something? It is slightly sweet, but not sugary anymore the sweetness you would taste from apples. In addition, the slight acidity of the apples and citrus fruits.

    Mainly mineral and waxy, but also with the fruits. Oh what do I write so much, it just goes on like in the nose and the taste. The finish is pretty soft again and the alcohol evaporates quickly, leaving behind those great Clynelish flavors.

    A really great and very typical Clynelish, which actually takes the OA 14 bottling and upgrades to cask strength and gives it a lot of complexity and finesse. What more do you want?!

    N-92, T-91, F-91 totally convincing 91 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Opulent fruit at first but they fade quickly enough to give way to the typical wax of Clynelish, without much excess this time. Vanilla creamy and thick, it seems to sometimes smell a bourbon. We find these sensations in the mouth but with a big dose of spices. Too big by the way. The finish is a little softer. The addition of water changes it quite drastically, it evokes the fruit syrup in the nose and mouth, where the spices persist and sign. Beautiful texture.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. hartist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good Clynelish, quite waxy and especially fruity; but where is the smoke?
    • Nose
      It is important to give him time for the alcoholic sensation to subside. Then appear white fruits (apples and pears), waxy varnish, vegetable scents (borage?) And marine (spray).
    • Taste
      Entry into powerful but not aggressive thanks to a certain roundness. Spicy spices (pepper and ginger), a little citrus precede a beautiful waxy material with white fruits, slightly bitter vegetal notes (seaside plants), a sweet touch and a sail of freshness of the sea.
    • Finish
      Quite long, waxy, on a pleasant fruity tinged with a sweet bitterness.

  6. Bishlouk scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose on the apple and the pear. A certain freshness.

    Mouth sweet, very fruity and very fruity.

    The Clynelish paw is not especially noticeable in this whisky.


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