Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Art of Whisky (AW)
Bottling serie
Northern Star
Stated Age
16 years old
Sherry Cask
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Dec 2008 10:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 58.00

5 × in wishlist

30 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1989 AW

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.50 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] We had a flabbergasting Clynelish (WB id 38012) last night and to set this into the right context we opened this fine old Clynelish release (that I bought for 54 Euro back in April, 2006) just to have a comparison of what Clynelish was all about at the beginning of the nineties...

    ... and this one is excellent too! It is a style of a single malt distillate that is hard to find these days - it is neither designed nor engineered, it is just absolutely honest. No flaw, no off-note and the best: not the slightest hint of sulphur in a modern sherry cask maturation! Dangerously quaffable, I wish I had bought more than just this bottle...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a fine modern sherry profile with peaty, toffee and spicy wooden aromas in a balanced mix. It is quite shy with the neat dram but opens up nicely with some drops of water added. All of a sudden a firework of different aromas pop up that is very interesting to explore and turns you addicted to sniff that...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is a beautiful combo of creamy toffee-driven malt flavours, sherry-induced aromas and peaty as well as spicy wooden notes. No one tries to dominate the others so all play together in perfect harmony. Just the sherry is sometimes a little less integrated into the orchestra with some sour winey flavours stand out a little bit. But this is not distracting as it adds a rather interesting note to the taste. I really like this setting! Water integrates all the different flavours even better and turns the dram into a dangerously quaffable drink. I like it best when reduced to about 48% abv.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the mouth with a pleasant creamy feeling without distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more chocolatey flavours (delicious!). No bitter or drying moments at all, the dram vanishes the same way as it entered the stage: honest and with dignity.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Do they make a Clynelish like this anymore? I doubt it but would very much want them to.

    Thus I am not sure if hindsight scores this one higher than it would have 4 or 5 years ago. Hm, most likely.

    A fantastic sherry dram, with the only really minimal flaw that the sherry is not fully integrated in the finish. But this only happening in an instant and I would think that this subsides once the bottle had the chance to breathe for a few more days.

    Thank you for sharing this dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. whioli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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


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