Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 30
Stated Age
17 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
52.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Oct 2014 9:24 pm by Zinni
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 405.46

25 × in wishlist

39 × member ratings

54 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 MBa

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.42 points

  1. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A 1997 Clynelish with earned 90 points.
    Blind tasted estimated at 20+ years.

  2. malthead-sven scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the first impression not so present, the fruitiness develops more and more and stands in good contrast to the strong distillery character. For that he needs a shot of water and time. There is also a wonderfully long finish. 87/100
    • Nose
      creamy, squeezed lemons, unripe cherries, apple strudel, crispy toasted bread, vanilla and a bit of watermelon, children's chocolate, the bourbon barrel gets better with water, woody, coconut and pineapple, more vanilla, papaya and apple pie again
    • Taste
      intense and strong, slightly lemony but not alcoholic, sour apples, becomes malty, puff pastry and minimal caramel
    • Finish
      again very strong, some fruit, candy sugar, a trace of pickled cucumber, zero bitterness and neat long, remains particularly long on the cheeks

  3. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 193,-€ at Whiskyauction 10/2015

  4. Maltmaniac72 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasty malt, makes you want to (much) more ...
    • Nose
      A wonderful depth develops this malt in the glass. Massive Bourbon sweetness, vanilla, caramelized sugar or biscuit / cake, fruity (citrs, mango, peaches, apricots), bubble gum, molasses, toasted malt, cereals and honey. Pudding, cream brulee. Spicy wood and the sea breeze typical of Clynelish keep everything in check. Clynelish is best. 45 points.
    • Taste
      Oily consistency, lots of streaks on the glass. Creamy-oily texture on the palate. Lots of malt / molasses, vanilla, cake dough / biscuit, firm caramel / fudge, blossom honey. Fruity centerpiece framed by spicy wood. Class, 45 points.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, spicy honey, malt and kräutrig.

  5. hettrum scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Willibald did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted by Ruben (whiskynote.be) on 6. March 2016:


    Clynelish 1997 (52,4%, Maltbarn 2014, bourbon cask, 166 btl.)

    Nose: again quite a bit warmer and definitely more honeyed than the Liquid Art. Clementines, pears and peaches. The most jammy of the trio. Hints of pastry and beeswax. A faint hint of smoke as well. Mouth: starts sweet, with a tad more vanilla and more American oak influence. This also means a bigger spiciness (pepper, liquorice). After a while, the citrus zest comes rolling in and takes over the entire palate. Grapefruit skin, lemon peel. A bit of an oaky tang towards the end. Finish: long, zesty and spicy. Lemons and a pinch of salt.

    Maltbarn selected the warmest, most luscious nose in my opinion, warmer than usual. On the other hand, it gets a little bitter on the palate. Price: € 90. Sold out.

    Score: 90/100

  7. Remko scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - October 23, 2014

    Clynelish 17 yo 1997/2014 (52.4%, Maltbarn, bourbon cask, 166 bottles)
    Colour: gold. Nose: indeed. Mouth: indeed. Finish: indeed. Maybe an
    added touch of oak and white pepper? Comments: indeed. The limits of the
    exercise. With apologies to the very excellent Maltbarn. Great
    Clynelish, great cask. Let’s quote the great Molière, “Great is the
    fortune of he who possesses a good bottle.” You may choose this great
    Clynelish, my lord. SGP:462 - 90 points.

  8. Bishlouk scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The smoke / wax / iodine signature of Clynelish is present, but dispersed. Bitterness is too important for my taste. The salt of the final too massive. Fruits too shy. I continue with the negative points (in my eyes), or I continue ;-)? This Clynelish is drinkable, of course, but does not fit my personal taste and may have to be drunk in special circumstances to be appreciated to a fair degree.
    • Nose
      Smoke, vanilla and honey dominate the entrance. This smoke is more discreet after a few moments, leaving room for pear syrup. Some hints of solvent pass, before disappearing permanently and be replaced by notes of industrial wax.
    • Taste
      Candle wax is felt at the beginning of the mouth, but is quickly swept by a big bitterness of citrus peel which occupies (too much) the place. Acid citrus fruits are also noticeable.
    • Finish
      Waves of coarse salt burn the throat, and the bitterness of the mouth lasts by dying slowly.


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