Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
Old & Rare - A Platinum Selection
Stated Age
18 years old
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Dec 2014 5:43 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 319.90

2 × in wishlist

17 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 HL

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.33 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Old & Rare... lol, ya ok. But I hate money and love Clynelish, so here I am. It’s a high maintenance Clynelish requiring time and water to be at its best.

    Edit: I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this bottle as I drink it down. First off, it’s way too expensive for what it is. Secondly, it doesn’t fair well when in a lineup or compared to others. If you spend time and work with it, it rewards you, but it doesn’t hand it to you on a platter. Ive had better clynelish with this cask type/age. I’ll stick with my score, but that doesn’t factor price.

    Here’s a little rumor: I heard while Clynelish was down for repairs Diageo shortened Dailuaine’s fermentation time to 54 hours to mirror Clynelish’s waxy profile for Johnny Walker Gold. If Diageo wanted to market Clynelish as a single malt (and why wouldn’t they) will they try and substitute Dailuane for Clynelish permanently? Interesting...
    • Nose
      88 88
      A shy and fickle nose. It’s hot and peppery with juicy stone fruits underneath, kiwi and mint. Wax? Not as much as I’d like, but needs time and you’ll find a little. Requires water to open up, and can handle a lot, but too much flattens out the palate and finish.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Bladnoch meets Clynelish. A bold and greasy, juicy with kiwi, dragon fruit, kumquat, peach pit. Spicy, but less so with water. Minty. Much more open on the palate than the nose. Overall very nice and better with water. Juicy - waxy - fruity.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Thick juicy fruits as above, more mint and some herbal notes of caraway. Still greasy with cough medicine notes. Long finish. Less spicy and fruitier with water. Gets quite oaky with too much water.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very complex - high-class Clynelish, which carries all the benefits of the Distille in itself - necessarily add 1-2 drops of water
    • Nose
      Flowering broom bushes, heather, beeswax, vanilla pudding, salted nectarines, shoe polish, subtle fresh citrus notes
    • Taste
      ripe yellow plums, mirabelles, flower meadow, salted cemiger blossom honey, mineral notes, bitter orange, mango, fruit curry - pleasant discreet well integrated wood
    • Finish
      yellow fruit sweetness, dry, medium long with a balanced wood component

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rich fruits; raspberry jam and deep soft macerated red fruits. The waxy note is ever present, with a subtle crisp white peach note.  
    • Taste
      Palate is hugely spicy, loads of big wood spice and fruit candles. Tea tree oil and honey.  Fruit crazy and fatty richness.
    • Finish
      Finish is lone and spicy again, rich waxy and coastal sands.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    if I see all the high scores here, of Maltheads that I value and sometimes know personally, only one conclusion remains. Clynelish is not usually my thing.
    This is not a bad malt and I find absolutely no mistake in it - for me he joins the many ex BC UA Clynelishs and HPs of late the other really great and I'm honestly rather boring - take the 14er OA make the wax more noble, add more stone dust and mineral notes plus moderate lemon with a kick of yellow fruit - that's it - solid but unexciting - I'd rather take a Laphi QC - it has more spells for me, I mean not hateful just taste. (He had over an hour in the glass)

    Thanks for the sample Gallfux, I can not say anything about the price - looks bad - the way is the goal!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    Really, not the best Clynelish I had so far, not faulty but just not really enjoyable
    • Nose
      83 83
      Very teaish notes, black tea, green tea, vegetables, cabbage, vegetative and yeasty, green house, wet hay, etc. little citric too (plus point)
    • Taste
      84 84
      Good sweetness, little waxy, vanilla, more green tea, vegetables, also some citrus fruits, lemons
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, warm, little herbal, a tad bitter

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice Clynelish. Quite liked this one. Not outstanding but very quaffable.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Color: Pale Straw

    No nose as nice as the '83, the rest fits better. 88P. We prefer to keep quiet about the price (18yo - Old and Rare ?!).
    • Nose
      Very spicy and alcoholic in the first nose. Cauliflower in milk sauce, marjoram, compost pile, tree sap, beeswax. Not so crowded, and not as resinous as the '83er. With water: more beeswax, less cauliflower. Still no flavor bomb. Sawdust.
    • Taste
      Waxy, rape-honey, rather thin. Lilac, malty, fir honey. With water: full, malty, oranges, masses of beeswax. Mango.
    • Finish
      Fir honey, beeswax, malty, medium long. Ripe mango.


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