Clynelish Select Reserve

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2014
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
15 Sep 2014 6:32 pm by Vassago Clynelish
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 606.20

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71 × member ratings

100 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish Select Reserve

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.02 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I gotta say, Clynelish is one of the most enjoyable whiskies one can drink. It's so balanced and predictably good, with the best waxy mouthfeel. Lemon, vanilla, sugar, sea salt... like a good lemon sugar cookie. This is not a unique Clynelish though, but it is faultless. If this was $150, I would buy a bottle, but wouldn't pay premium for it.

  2. CherryHeart scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Smell Nose: Restrained and subtle, long and elegant aroma, candle holder and yellow pear, Calvados, vanilla latte, fried butter, and Suntory peach-flavored sparkling wine that I drank last night.

    Taste Palate: a mix of apples, limes, and yellow lemons, as well as light cream, grape core, black pepper, beeswax, amazing alcohol, chilled carbonated drinks, and a hot tongue as if it has just experienced summer Roasted in the hot sun, rosin, vegetable fat and ginger soup appeared after adding water.

    After rhyme Finish: Medium length, mainly woody smell of rosin and Huanghua pear, beeswax, whipped cream, pisco in one drink, a little spicy.

    Body: Heavy body, waxy texture exists, but the effect is not strong, the balance is good, the oil is relatively light, the alcohol feel is strong, and the easy-to-drink degree rises significantly after adding water.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Praise the Lord!

    In 2014, Diageo launched this Clynelish in their Special Releases, but it was not very popular. It was long available. Even today, you can still find it on some shelves. Might be to do with the fact that it’s a NAS whisky with a price tag (then!) of around 400 EUR. Weird, huh? But then, five years ago the NAS debate was still very hot. From a reliable source I learned that this Clynelish is actually created with whisky from over 20 years, with just one cask of 13 years old added for some extra freshness. I can understand why it was then released without age statement but with a fancy name instead.

    Praise the Lord! This is an outstanding nose! Clynelish at the top of its game with crispy Granny Smith apples, acacia honey, sweet peach and vanilla. Yoghurt with pineapple. Lime juice and zest of the same fruit. Not so much waxy as fatty. Famer’s butter. Subtle, elegant, grand. Sexy!

    The arrival is wonderfully creamy and silky soft despite the high strength. Sure, it has a spicy edge, but that is immediately softened by some beeswax, mineral notes and sweet fruit like peach, pineapple, apples and mandarin. There is even a hint of overripe banana. Somewhat less subtle and elegant than the nose, but grand and sexy still. This is a top dram.

    The finish is long, mildly spicy and remains deliciously sweet.

    I am not a religious man, but this is divine. Thanks for the sample, Tasmanian Devil (you know who you are)! By the way: this is my 85th encounter with this Highlander. Today a bottle will set you back between 450 and 600 EUR. To be honest, that’s a bit (a lot) much.

  4. penumbra scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    When I smelled it, I thought it was a low-end version of Manager's Dram. When I drank it, the smell of rich woody spices was really amazing.
    • Nose
      Citrus, lemon, fruit peel, smoked, pepper, spices, honey, toffee, cream, milk flakes, grass, white oak, dough.
    • Taste
      Beeswax, ripe fruits, scorching, scorching, ore, crushed cheese, honey, milky, ginger powder, spiced powder.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, woody, strong spice.

  5. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very waxy, zesty, grassy, very drinkable

  7. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    wonderful sweet nose, a lot of honey and vanilla, bees wax, hints of coast and sea salt, some spices, a hint of oak, malty and even a bit grassy as well. very easy to drink and enjoy. the finish is all right, could be a bit longer and a bit more intense. Just a really wonderful Clynelish apart from the pricing which has not to be discussed at all.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  9. Glenjasper scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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