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Overall rating
88.11/100
votes
164
Whiskybase ID
WB59035
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1992
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
792
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
14/389
Added on
18 Oct 2014 11:40 am by Remko
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 123.00

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1992 CA

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2018]  Clynelish is one of my favourite distillery profiles as it combines a lot of different aromas and flavours in a usually very balanced and delicate mix.  By the way, for the very same reason Brora is even better but this is no surprise as Clynelish was build to copy exactly the old Brora style (just with a way bigger capacity) ...and the original is better than the replica, usually.

    This is another great Clynelish in the best tradition of the old Brora style (not the heavy peated one that Brora produced in the early seventies when it was re-opened to compensate for a peated malt shortage due to a severe drought on Islay - but the earlier lighter and more subtle Brora style of the mid-sixties).  I simply love this stuff!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is pale straw and the texture shows many small sticky tears that consolidate into bigger ones with very slow legs, a fine oiliness! The nose offers exactly that complex and balanced aromas profile that I hoped for, really adorable. I can sniff this for hours and still I detect something new (no I will not name all the aromas, simply find out yourself - this is a great dram to train your olfactory cells).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste itself is delicate and marches in different waves across the taste buds. This is great as it helps to identify more of the beautiful flavours it is composed of (again, a perfect dram to check your taste buds too). Water releases more aromas in the nose but it turns the taste slightly bitter (not unpleasantly) - nevertheless I like the neat dram better.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The whisky arrives warming and nicely coating in the mouth with no distracting moment whatsoever (remember the oiliness?). The finish is medium and adds (even) more spices and sugars to the mix, no bitter, drying or astringent notes again. This whisky was bottled exactly at the right time and it proves very compelling that the best age for single malt whisky is around twenty years (there are exceptions, of course).

  2. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The waxy, smoky, earthy combination reminds me of some Brora from the early 1980s.
    • Nose
      Quite grassy. Chalk. Limestone. Salt. Wax. An austere fruitiness - white flesh peaches, pears. Light herbalness. A little smoky/peaty and earthy. Fruitiness increases with time - more citrus.
    • Taste
      Nicely waxy. Raw clover honey. Salty and a little peaty/earthy. Very clean. Less fruit than on the nose but some apples in the background. 
    • Finish
      Long, and herbal. A bit too drying after a while.

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good clynelish with a nice floral component on the nose.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very nice nose, rather soft, delicate and balanced.
      Vanilla, grain, citrus, light caramel, scone

      A floral side, on lilac, elderflower.
      A little mineral.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth it is a little softer. Maybe because we get to the bottom of the bottle.
      Mandarin, light grapefruit, lemon, green apple. It's acidic.
      Milk chocolate, liquorice, pepper.
      Light dry grass.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish on citrus pepper, fresh and zesty. Licorice, cardamine.

  4. etwa77 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Written while listening to Tycho’s latest album.. that’s one extra point.. and another 1 point because it was the last dram of a totally memorable bottle. Bravo, Cadenhead!
    • Nose
      94 94
      cynide, as in apricot seed smell or raw almonds.. sweet vanilla and saffron.. the olfactory vision of the first shovel into the wet clay after a long, cold winter.. wax, earthy peat and salted, grilled lemons.

      This is a majestic and austere nose, at the same time very diverse in its manifestations (sry 4 the long word)... a caleidoscope where a few colors create infinite patterns
    • Taste
      93 93
      Sweet, ice-chilled lavender and lemon sorbet.. Ceylon black and Moroccan mint teas.. heavy oils envelop the tongue to protect it against the strong eucalyptus breeze blowing nearby..
    • Finish
      89 89
      long.. longest.. butter with herbs and salt.. a few drops of lemon.. a slight bitter note at the end is probably the bitterness that this bottle is over.

  5. yapi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Clynelish 21 yo 1992
    (51,6%, Cadenhead Small Batch 2014, bourbon hogsheads, 792 btl.)

    Nose: powerful, even a bit spirity and closed at first. More open after a while, with almonds and lemons, a bit of orange honey and green apple peelings. Sweet lime juice. Vanilla cake. A very slight coastal side, as well as hints of chalk and waxed paper. In the background also echoes of dried herbs. Nicely balanced and increasingly complex. Mouth: oily mouthfeel, clean, very citrusy, mixed with waxy notes. Medium sweet with hints of vanilla and lime candy. Sweet oak. Then the herbal side returns, alongside peppery notes and a delicate earthiness. Finish: long, drier, with a slightly bitter edge and lots of citrus.

    Simply a great Clynelish. The sweet touches and rounded waxy notes make it very seductive. Around € 110.

    Score: 90/100

    Ruben, on Whiskynotes

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The weak noses seem to be a pattern at Clynelish today, but it really cuts through the mouth, strong, fruity, full.
    • Nose
      Also very restrained, with time pear and litchi, light honey, toffee, gooseberry, candied ginger, lemongrass
    • Taste
      Pear, kiwi, dragon fruit, gooseberry, star fruit, camphor, ginger, green tea, flaxseed, salt, ztirus peel of all kinds, linen sacks, white chocolate and coconut
    • Finish
      White tea, pear, camphor, salt, honey, kiwi

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. yuyuji scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    Clynelish 21 yo 1992
    (51,6%, Cadenhead Small Batch 2014, bourbon hogsheads, 792 btl.)

    Nose: powerful, even a bit spirity and closed at first. More open after a while, with almonds and lemons, a bit of orange honey and green apple peelings. Sweet lime juice. Vanilla cake. A very slight coastal side, as well as hints of chalk and waxed paper. In the background also echoes of dried herbs. Nicely balanced and increasingly complex. Mouth: oily mouthfeel, clean, very citrusy, mixed with waxy notes. Medium sweet with hints of vanilla and lime candy. Sweet oak. Then the herbal side returns, alongside peppery notes and a delicate earthiness. Finish: long, drier, with a slightly bitter edge and lots of citrus.

  9. yuyuji scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    Clynelish 21 yo 1992
    (51,6%, Cadenhead Small Batch 2014, bourbon hogsheads, 792 btl.)

    Nose: powerful, even a bit spirity and closed at first. More open after a while, with almonds and lemons, a bit of orange honey and green apple peelings. Sweet lime juice. Vanilla cake. A very slight coastal side, as well as hints of chalk and waxed paper. In the background also echoes of dried herbs. Nicely balanced and increasingly complex. Mouth: oily mouthfeel, clean, very citrusy, mixed with waxy notes. Medium sweet with hints of vanilla and lime candy. Sweet oak. Then the herbal side returns, alongside peppery notes and a delicate earthiness. Finish: long, drier, with a slightly bitter edge and lots of citrus.

  10. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    very beautiful Clynelish of the slimmer, stricter kind.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wax, citrus fruits, salty tones, a little menthol.
    • Taste
      91 91
      oily, viscous, grapefruit, lime, resin.
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium to long finish, bitter citrus tones.

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