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Clynelish Select Reserve

Overall rating
89.14/100
votes
93
Whiskybase ID
WB58122
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2014
Bottled
2014
Number of bottles
2964
Strength
54.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281038742
Added on
15 sep 2014 6:32 pm by Vassago Clynelish
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 625.97

26 × in wishlist

93 × member ratings

119 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish Select Reserve

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.14 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Gil firth scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Outstanding bottle.
    Beeswax, honey, lemon, citrus, soft smoke.
    Slowly becoming more and more tropical with pineapple.
    Very rich taste and great texture.
    Price tag too high but the whisky is great.

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Clynelish H2H tasted in this order:-

    14 year 43% Flora & Fauna OB WB 50601 82/80/82
    14 year 46% OB WB 20452 86/70/72
    Distillery Only 2019 48% OB WB 140100 88/87/86
    Distillery Only 2008 57.3% OB WB 1163 86/84/83
    Clynelish Select Reserve 2014 54.9% OB WB 58122 86/86/87
    Clynelish Select Reserve 2015 54.9% OB WB 73373 87/88/88
    Clynelish 1990 27 year 49.5% cask 13155 Ian Macleod Dun Bheagan WB 115893 90/88/90
    Clynelish 1996 18 year 54.9% Hunter Laing Platinum Selection WB 62875 WB 90/91/90

    The first two OB were disappointing, the 46% 14 year was verging on rubbish, certainly not a patch on how I remember. The next four OB were good and final two IB were excellent.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    White fruits and white pepper on the nose, with a slight grassy note in the mix with a hint of peat.
    Neat there is much more peat than the nose hinted at, with some lemon, cream and a little pepper.
    Quite a simple profile really.
    With a dash of water the lemon note increases and mixes nicely with the peat and pepper, only a little water is needed, but there is certainly an improvement.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. whiskytornado scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, white fruits and a little white pepper.
    There is also some sweet peat which makes it quite abrasive, but entertaining.
    Tasted at the distillery.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Not the most complex but powerful and creamy - not bad
    • Nose
      89 89
      Citric, little vanilla and waxy, banana, minerals, yellow fruits, apple, little quince, white grapes - better with some water
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, very oily and creamy, subtle sweetness, more minerals, more citric and lime, vanilla, honeydew, yellow fruits, quince, apple, white grapes all again, spices, white pepper - pretty good
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, burning, spicy, zesty, grapefruit, little herbal

  11. 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.

  12. CherryHeart scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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

  13. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very waxy, zesty, grassy, very drinkable

  15. 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

  16. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  17. Glenjasper scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  18. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  19. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Undeniably a very good whisky, although still hopelessly overpriced.
    • Nose
      A tad shy, but certainly Clynelish-esque and in the mold of that Distillery Exclusive bottling I mentioned earlier, yet more gentle and somewhat more mature. Granny Smith apples, dry apple cider, as well as sweet barley notes and whispers of peach and vanilla. Hints of melted butter, as well as lime and a touch of lemon zest. Slightly mineral, not as waxy as you might expect.
    • Taste
      This is where the Select Reserve really starts to shine, and also where the older Clynelish plays more of a starring role, I think. Creamy, quite fruity, and with a hint of beeswax as well. Super complex? No. Pretty tasty though. Bananas, grapes, some grape fruit too. Slightly more aggressive and spicy after I added water.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and fruits. Some sweetness.

  20. fgg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      You get the butter directly in your nose. Followed by vanilla. Then he gets something grassy, ​​hay. The fruity undertone is provided by apple and pear.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The grassy falls away and a nice fruit flavor remains.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long. Creamy.

  21. RL_whisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An excellent Clynelish. I found it needed time though to show it's true form.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  23. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. Koloman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "Five vintages, five kegs, first fill, refill and rejuvenated american oak, first fill of sherry, the youngest whisky in it is 16 years old, but nothing is known about the rest and actual proportions put together: the typical Clynelish wax and woody spice towards the end. " (Source: http://whiskyexperts.net/diageo-special-releases-2014-hier-sind-sie/ )

  25. whiskyroma scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very particular Clynelish expression that never disappoints.
    • Nose
      Wax bar of soap, wet paper, the smell of a closed cellar since time, and an indistinguishable mineral note, then comes the wood, raisins, must and cookies dough; a few alcohol perceptions sometimes.
    • Taste
      First at all sweet flavors, apricots, egg cream and vanilla, then begins a very nice mineral taste that we appreciate. Then comes the oranges and must tastes with the following of spices, black pepper and ginger.
    • Finish
      Persistent, delicious, an alternation of hazelnuts and must with egg cream and spices.

  26. whiskyroma scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. tomkandy scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    I attended a big Clyenlish vertical under the auspices of the Whisky
    Squad recently, so Clynelish's charchter is pretty fresh in my
    mind. That might be reflected in the slightly cliched tasting notes. A
    questionable choice for the first drink of the evening - very hot
    and alcoholic. Improved upon a return to it later on, although my
    tastebuds were somewhat numbed by then
    • Nose
      Caramel, Butterscotch, clover honey.
    • Taste
      Hot, red peppers, granny smith apples, geosmin

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