Clynelish 1998 GM

Overall rating
87.23/100
votes
84
Whiskybase ID
WB63851
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
15.12.1998
Bottled
05.11.2014
Calculated age
15 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Casks
Casknumber
17064 + 17065
Strength
58.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
05/11/14 AD/AHBC
Barcode
5020613051522
Added on
30 jan 2015 5:45 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 117.09

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1998 GM

17 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.23 points.

  1. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    87.5 points
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Bright, fiery, burning.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Prunes, spices, cinnamon roll. Dried fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The flavor is bright, sweet plum, cappuccino with cinnamon, wargnye.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sweet, slightly spicy aftertaste

  4. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Romansen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    All is not bad, but why is he so alcoholic ??
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An invigorating and refreshing molt with a fairly strong mineral and industrial influence, a balanced sweet-cream component, is rather complex and well balanced.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, prickly, mineral-metallic notes, engine oil, whetstone, gunpowder, steel shavings, fresh boards, a bit of solvent, sweet creamy tones in the background, lemon peel.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, oak, bitter bark, pepper, sweet creamy notes, condensed milk, oily shades, ginger, ginger biscuits.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, a little bark, lemon peel in tea, ginger, sweet notes - butterscotch, condensed milk; a little rowan, mineral tones, metallic acidity, grain.

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Distilled on 15.12.1998.
    For me something very special, but I have on 15.12. Birthday!
    So much for that. I got it for my birthday too.

    The consistently good reviews suggest a great malt.

    He will replace the Arran Single Cask of 15.12.2000 as a birthday dram. I will then add my impressions.

  10. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Finish moderately long and feel it is just the right amount. Fairly balanced.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Apricot, cinnamon heart candies, chocolate, menthol, slight nuttiness, waxy, wet stone
    • Taste
      92 92
      Creamy milk chocolate fudge, soft fruits, menthol, hint of sulfur, leathery
    • Finish
      90 90
      Cinnamon candies, melted milk chocolate, mint pepper jelly

  11. lachaineduwhisky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Warm nose: wax, honey, spices, sherry fruits, spices. With time, it is greedy, malty, dried fruits. In the mouth: Wouaouh! Fruit syrup, juicy to the extreme! Intense ! What flexibility ! 58%? Really ? Incredible, perfectly integrated alcohol. Final short by contrast, but we do not care! With water, it is the fresh fruit that stands out in the nose, to the detriment of everything else. It loses in wealth, just as in the mouth. Do not add water to this jewel!

    Enthusiasm 5/5

  12. Kimba scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Without water there is nothing. Since the alcohol is too much and does not connect well with the Parfumnote With water this is one of the tastiest whisky I've ever had. Sweet, creamy in the mouth, totally pleasant, great. As already written. Not the miracle of complexity but damn delicious! With water 89 point

  13. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A strong independent overall character with wonderfully recognizable Brennereistil with neat spice and strength
    • Nose
      the first nose is quite spicy, pepper, slightly tart herbs, spicy oak, hints of juniper, vanilla, forest honey, menthol and glazed apples, for 58% very well integrated alcohol, oranges, a little peach, caramel, slowly it gets slightly darker few yellow plums
    • Taste
      sweet and then peppery spicy, powerful, honey, caramel, more pronounced sherry than in the nose, the 58% squeeze on the palate, oranges, chocolate, again a touch of herbs, nutmeg, malt, now it is creamy, with little water The taste quickly loses its specificity and increases in mildness and citrus
    • Finish
      clear oak, subtle pleasant bitterness, dark chocolate, the mouth becomes dry, dark sherry, caramel, raisins, sweet yellow and dark fruit, again glazed apples, medium to long

  14. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I like it very much. This is not a complex flavor miracle, but with a little water, it becomes an autumnal easy drinker, which I can well imagine on rainy days in front of the fireplace. The 2nd-fill barrels preserve the Clynelish character.
    • Nose
      dark, sweet sherry; Cherries, plums and chocolate; a very subtle hint of sulfur mingles with it; dark red, candied apples; the alcohol is really well integrated; with water it becomes noticeably more fruity with malt and cereals
    • Taste
      very creamy; dark sherry; Chocolate, cinnamon and raisins; now the alcohol is clearly noticeable; with water it stays creamy and sweet; Dried fruits, caramel and chocolate are added; with light pepper and nutmeg
    • Finish
      medium; slightly peppery; getting slightly dry with a good portion of dark, sweet sherry, it stays sweet and spicy on the palate, and at the end the oak is again heavy; with water, the finish remains medium in length and hardly changes noticeably

  15. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Clynelish 1998/2014 (58%, Gordon & MacPhail, Cask Strength, sherry, casks # 17064-17065)  Ooh Clynelish + sherry, the danger zone! Colour: gold. phew! Nose: that very chocolaty and fudge-y sherry can offset the character of even the boldest malts is no secret, and that’s more or less the case here. Fudge, Mars bar, Ovaltine, butterscotch, café latte… You see… With water: as often with G&M, it turns very cloudy, which suggests minimal filtration. Leather, autumn leaves, cigars. Mouth (neat): the sherry treatment makes this little Clynelish almost Highland-Parky, serious. I find this extremely good, just not very idiosyncratic. Rhubarb-jam-filled chocolate. With water: excellent, we’ve just lost distillery character. I’m not the best at detecting distilleries, and sorry if I sound very immodest, but I think I know my Clynelish, and this could come from several other distilleries. But yeah, it’s excellent, so as they say at Donald Trump’s, who cares? Marmalade and zesty fruits. Finish: rather long, with a touch of sulphur – good in this context – and leather. Comments: very good, one of the better sherried Clynelishes. Not talking about the superb sherried ‘Old’ Clynelishes of course (Sestante, Cadenhead, Signatory, all those). SGP:452 - 85 points.

  16. Snerik scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This is not a whisky for the weak. It’s a full on whisky-for-the-thunder-storm-outside whisky and I really enjoy the style. Tasted April, 2016 at Bow Bar, Edinburgh.
    • Nose
      It’s a very expressive nose (even at first, without having added water). Notes of honey, hot stone, smooth peat, grass, raisins, matches and dried fruit. A very big nose indeed! 
    • Taste
      Bitter and peppery, but in a really good way. Here’s also notes of honey at first and after I’ve added (loads of) water the “sherry notes” comes through a lot more. Loads of raisins and dates! A really good swimmer this whisky. 
    • Finish
      The finish is bitter at first, but it has length and the last feeling that leaves you is more sweet (honey) than bitter. Here, at the finish, the sherry casks are really coming trough, in a good way. 

  17. Zumbar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very good classic Clynelish, the distillate character is not covered by the subtle sherry barrel
    • Nose
      Salty sea breeze, delicate citrus notes, such as pineapple, fudge, caramel sweets, herb meadow, blue ice candy
    • Taste
      Salt pretzel pretzel, caramel pudding, herbal sweets, peach, a lot of oak
    • Finish
      Dry and herbaceous

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