Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
'Say it with flowers'
Stated Age
29 years old
Refill Ex-Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
24 Oct 2014 4:19 pm by Superted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 229.00

22 × in wishlist

74 × member ratings

44 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1984 SMWS 26.106

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.83 points

  1. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Try in the 1920's Blenders glass

    Fine clynelish, for me it is a bit too reduced and stays a bit covered. The barrel has taken a little too much of the distillery character.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Restrained and gentle, light sweetness and, as the SMWS title suggests, grass and floral aromas.

      Lime, olives, green peppers, apple
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong and full, oily, waxy, creamy ... the focus is more on the properties than the aromas.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Intense and long, very dry, slight bitterness

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    PE: 93


  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Probably not the most complex, especially considering its age, but the flavours are big, bold and very well-balanced. Plus, it has a flavour profile that really works for me.
    • Nose
      Beeswax and overripe banana, followed by plenty of ginger and lemon zest. Vanilla is more than present too. Develops into more floral notes.
    • Taste
      A nice coastal quality with a touch of smoke and candle wax, some chalk and a hit of white pepper. Very nutty, as well as some citrus fruits. Big and bold.
    • Finish
      Long with honey and a slight bitterness.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. magic_slim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nothing extraordinary, but still very good whisky. Just the taste is not exciting.
    • Nose
      Discreet, fresh and clean with notes of cookie dough at first nosing. Fresh cream lemon tarte with apple cider. ... and white wine. 

      A very nice and pleasant nose.
    • Taste
      Powerful and sweet at first mouthfeel. Spicy, with ginger and white pepper, even some liquorice. Slightly lemony, but somehow bland - there is no explosion of any flavours.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy.

  6. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    N: Amazing! Gingercake, sherry [obvs], lots of oils and coffee=chocolate fudge with perfect maturation levels and virility to match. Very dignified dram.
    T: Initially sweet, but ends up as a bitter/sour affair once its completed its journey. You’re going to need water if you’re going to keep it in the mouth a second for every year in oak. I even went down to 50/50 and still effortlessly received oaky/oily jams with a bitter=sweet and sour, ever changing profile - everything co-existing together without struggle.
    F: Everything you need is here - a truly candid dram in the prime of its life.
    C: Surprisingly lots of bourbon notes thrown in to the sherry mix. Fabulous dram, easily a contender for Whisky Weekender dram of 2015 and yet another top tip from Billy [TWE].

    Scores an A

  8. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sample from trompjes. Tasted with Aby.
    • Nose
      Smoke, wax, some liquorice, pepper and fruity - lychees. With water and grassy.
    • Taste
      Fruity - peach, citrus, pastry and spices.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with bitter fruits like lime.

  9. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, not the big hit.

    Many herbaceous undergrowth notes, clearly vanilla, also flowery and fruity in the nose. With water: fruity and the typical wax.
    In the mouth lively, very young with clear fruit notes and also its sharpness. Unbalanced. For his 29 yo way too immature, not so complex.
    With water: noticeably more fullness and fruit, much more pleasant.

    Needs water.

  10. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Imperial ivory
    Flavour: Sweet, fruity & mellow

    The first impression is of sweet pastry – shortbread – with vanilla notes, increasingly supported by fruit cake or dried fruits steeped in tea. In time it lightens: fresh figs, melon, fresh grass, rosemary. At natural strength, the taste is heavier: herbal tea and jasmine tea, musty/waxy, nutty (macaroons, hazelnuts and almonds), flower honey. The last increases with a dash of water, becoming more waxy/oily – sunflower oil, crème Anglais, light nuts. Now the texture is soft, the taste sweet with honeycomb, then slightly bitter (edible flowers like nasturtiums) in the finish. Complex and ever-changing.

    Drinking tip: For a special tea party


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