Clynelish 1996 DR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
Sherry Refill
Number of bottles
59.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 mar 2009 4:04 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 55.00

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Whisky reviews for Clynelish 1996 DR

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.60 points.

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Another Dewar Rattray diamond in the rough that (inexplicably) sat on shelves locally for 10+ years! after being bottled. I’m sure glad it did, but how?! Rattray has a special place in my heart for bottlings like this.

    N: A punch in the face of a earthy wax. Oh yes, this is good. Quite fresh with caramilk bar, dried blueberries, dry autumn leaves, old warehouse, angel food cake, spent coffee grounds, vanilla bean ice cream.

    P: Silky, even at full proof. Has a great viscosity, waxy, mentos, milk chocolate and salted caramel, strawberries and cream.

    F: Still waxy, orange peels, salted caramel, spicy, medium long. Very very good.

    Thoughts: No way around it, just a wonderful malt. Especially if you like the Clynelish profile (which I very much do). It’s punchy at 59.7%, but mellows with time. Great swimmer too. I like it best reduced to about 50 abv. Wonderful mix of spirit and cask. Not the most complex, but hits all the right notes. One of the best 10 year olds I’ve had. Proof that older doesn’t mean better.

  2. dicembre29 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    First notes on the nose are rich creamy toffee or caramel. Buttery, sweet and smooth. Something akin to those little Werther’s candies we all love. Bit of a dusty background (dunnage warehouse?)…similar to a pleasant old woodshop. Something here reminds me a bit of saltines as well (perhaps sea salt?). Also a lovely fruitiness right up front that compliments the toffee notes. Hints (and no more, I think) of smoke.

    Oily, creamy consistency on the palate. Mouthcoating, and just as with the nose, first notes are of butter toffee. Then some fruit (both dried and juicy fresh) Some wine-y sherry notes. A bit of oak and vanilla. Spices to be sure. Nicely paced development, slowly revealing its flavors and character. Much more than the OB Clynelish you’re liable to find on the shelves.



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