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Clynelish 18-year-old TWEx

Overall rating
90.08/100
votes
120
Whiskybase ID
WB58783
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Exchange (TWEx)
Bottling serie
Retro Label
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
50.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2014
Market
gb United Kingdom
Added on
10 Oct 2014 6:50 pm by Lommen
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 582.60

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 18-year-old TWEx

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.08 points

  1. Shane_IL scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The sherry on this is quite prominent but doesn’t dominate the profile, very well balanced with the waxy, oily Clynelish character. 

    There’s a lot of flavour to this, but nothing particular sticks out at first and one would be forgiven for thinking that it’s a boring whisky at first, but once you sit down with it for a good while you realise it’s just absolutely perfectly balanced. A work of art this.Reviewed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/05/26/clynelish-18-twe-bottling-for-the-whisky-show-london-2014/
    • Nose
      Wine gums. Straw. Coal dust. Wood shavings. Red fruits. New engine oil. Raspberry powder. Leather. Dusty sherry. Clay.
    • Taste
      Woodspice. Rich sherry. Nutty wood. Wax crayons. Clay. Tobacco. Dried berries. Black coffee. Caocao.
    • Finish
      Long. Drying. Cherry cordial. Paraffin wax. Woodspice. Caocao. Red wine spice.

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It's sad the nose doesn't keep so well together when water is  added. Neat it is spectacular.

    I have this nagging feeling this one might be reracked. It shares cetain similarities with the Glendronach single cask series.
    • Nose
      Oh wow. Grease, old pencils, pea pods, reeds, something like meat stock, then celery, and saltiness. Pocket of a leather coat, then something that reminds me of a 15yo Bellevue rum single cask I had a bottle of a while back.. Extremely unusual and as such very attractive. With water: more herbal and woody now. Like a red wine with old oak and quite a bit of earth. 
    • Taste
      Neat: The taste is a promising if a little closed still, but I can't tell if oloroso or px [in retrospect it's probably oloroso since I can't find any brown sugar notes] . Water: the body is still a little flat. Maybe it needs a lot of water? There is some of that old style whisky coppery oiliness here. I don't know how that happened but I do love it. Gets way oakier and more peppery with more water, but also waxier so that the wood doesn't overpower everything. This is well made, of that there is no doubt. More water is better, as the body becomes properly full.
    • Finish
      The finish would be great if the body would be more present in it. Now it is a great mix of sherrywood and cocoa with tannins and that character wax, but leaves you wanting just a bit.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An absolutely wonderful whisky, well deserving of its fabled reputation. 
    • Nose
      Dark sherry notes with milk chocolate and some light aroma of polished leather and resin, as well as an earthy quality. Cigars and mushrooms. I like it. Especially because it also has a surprisingly fresh side to it, with some lovely lemon peel.
    • Taste
      Chocolate, cherry syrup and espresso with a pinch of salt. Earthy and tobacco leaves, with mint as well.  Also a fair amount of spices. Cloves, cinnamon and black pepper.
    • Finish
      Spicy with cappuccino. Ending on black pepper and menthol. Fairly long.

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/the-whisky-show-2014-in-london-34475/ Color: rusty red / amontilado-sherry
    Nose: Thick sherry, chocolate, balsamic vinegar with a splash of lemon and a lot of salt. Black elderberry, forest and blueberries with delicious honey. Flavors of tobacco leaves, wood stain and oak wood chips also add spice. In the background black pepper notes whirl up the nose neatly.
    Taste: Soft and round, super salty-spicy dark fruit notes with tobacco, vanilla, herbs and relatively much oak, but this is well laminated. But also jam toast, malt and leather. To finish a bit tart and dry with emerging chocolate notes.
    Finish: Medium length - more and more bitter-bitter woody notes with creamy marzipan, coffee, mocha and liquorice. Dry-herbic, but without the previous salty seasoning. Round and creamy even towards the end!
    Note: Highlight is definitely the middle of taste - super powerful - then flattening relatively quickly towards the finish!
    91 points (nose: 91 / taste: 91 / finish: 90)

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

    Quite balanced and drinkable - really not bad
    • Nose
      88 88
      Cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, tobacco, rum soaked cherries, spices, raisins, woody, nuts, hints of leather, toffee - not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy, toffee, good sweetness, more cherries, rum notes, nuts, sherry wood, raisins, vanilla, chocolate - pretty good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, dried fruits, spices, toffee, vanilla, woody notes

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Dark fruits, red fruits, maraschino cherries, chocolate, orange peel, cinammon, tobacco, lemon drops, the sherry integrates well with the Clynelish distillate, very nice

  7. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Banzai scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  9. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The sulfur is a little too present by force, which prevents it from totally carried away, but very beautiful sherry.
    • Nose
      Very concentrated, vinous nose. Old dust and precious wood, leather and red berries. Quite dirty. Very promising.
    • Taste
      Thick and concentrated on the palate, nut juice and beautiful spices. A slightly sulfur wax at the end of the mouth.
    • Finish
      Smoky wax and cherry liqueur on the finish with some earthy notes.

  10. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    heavy and beguiling with slightly dark notes, spices, syrupy, sweetish, fruity, but also heavy sherry aromas, some oak. Balanced and very appealing.

    Taste:
    sweetish, aromatic, warm wood notes, a hint of hot, spices, sherry, a hint of barrel and coffee, delicately tart then sweetish again. * With a little water fruity and a little softer, benefits from it in terms of taste.

    Departure:
    at first delicately tart with fine oak notes, then sweetish, slightly sherry fruity, somewhat spicy, but persistent, very long and pleasantly finished. Not styled, but perfectly balanced. Well done, bravo.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

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