Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Duncan Taylor (DT)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
19 years old
Oak Cask
Number of bottles
48.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Jan 2015 4:14 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 127.62

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61 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1995 DT

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.49 points

  1. aspa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Yes, it starts right away - beeswax, citrus fruits, green apples. There is no doubt what is in the glass here. Very soft, round and aromatic with perfectly integrated alcohol. One could think purely from the rich, the dram has been significantly watered down - but it is not with 48.4%. I don't know what kind of "oak casks" were at work, but I think it has a touch of refill sherry - some cinnamon and brown sugar, as well as the apples from before, but slightly caramelized in the pan. A little citric acid, light oak spice, and then again vanilla and wax. No sulfur at all and only slightly mineral, this is a Clynelish on the track of the 14th OA with wax and fruits.

    Furthermore extremely soft and round, you can feel absolutely no alcohol. Still strong and mouth-filling. Here, too, it continues as with the 14 with a little more power - beeswax, now a little more oak spice and still apples, citrus fruits and light sherry aromas led by brown sugar and caramelized apples. A little less sweet than the nose, heather, light mint, leather, pipe tobacco and malt. Interesting play between the very sweet aromas that fight against the bitter oak. This variety is delicious and adds depth and complexity to the dram. I would have believed it if he had been 10 years older.

    Medium length, nice and warm but still with extremely subtle alcohol, again rather tart and spicy with a sweetness in the background. The wax is there, the fruits are there, but also the oak seasoning, the malt and the mint are now a little clearer. A spicy, slightly tingling layer remains on the palate and a waxy feeling on the tongue, as you know from a typical Clynelish.

    A very tasty, typical Clynelish almost like it is in the book. The difference to the OA 14er is perhaps a little too small for the price difference, but a little more power and a little more complexity are certainly there and make this dram a few points better than the classic 14 OA. This bottle would be empty for me in no time, this whisky is so tasty - unfortunately I only have one sample.
    N-91, T-90, F-90 for very tasty 90 points
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      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It was the unexpected star at a single cask tasting. A great combination of waxy and green apple Clynelishness with a clean lucious sherry that is strong on red berries and citrus fruits and enough power at 48,8%.

    Loved it a lot.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    salty, waxy on the nose. short red-fruity start, then becomes dry and herbaceous. Nice combination of distillate and barrel (tasted blind and first mistaken for Ben Nevis)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Holder scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Soft and fruity but with an unexpectedly noticeable smoky note. Probably a refill cask. Alk. Well integrated.

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Banana Split

    Clynelish from the 1990s are among the best in my book. Everything distilled between 1992 and 1997 are gems. This one from Duncan Taylor is among those. I do wonder if this is cask strength. Probably not. Less than 50% after less than 20 years would have meant very greedy angels indeed.

    The nose is very sweet and offers mostly… err… banana split! Next to this summery ice cream I also get some stewed apples and pears, some rocks and gooseberries. Very fruit, mind you. After a few moments, some mandarin join in. The typical Clynelish waxiness is also present on the nose.

    It all starts very juicy on the palate – again banana, mandarin, vanilla, apples – but then becomes candy-like sweet and suddenly a bit dry. The oak has put its foot down. It also becomes more herbal. Grasses. The fruit goes green: gooseberries and Reine Claude plums. All very fine.

    The finish is cosy and long. On more of the same, by the way.

    A touch atypical for Clynelish maybe, but very good allt he same. Just a tad too dry to be a stunner. Oh, and I just noticed this is already my 75th Clynelish (stop blowing your own horn, Mark).


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