Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Liquid Treasures (LT)
Bottling serie
Charlie - Special Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Oct 2015 2:40 pm by Vassago Clynelish
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 127.50

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 LT

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.93 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This malt is very interesting and complex. Nuts, sweet and sour or fermented fruits, dark and tart wood elements whet the appetite for another sip. In combination with the peppery and the slight chili sharpness, the wood and fruit flavors come into their own. I like it!
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Ground hazelnuts and almonds mix with velvety roasted aromas. Dried berries and grapes show up, slowly heavy apricot and peach notes dissolve, ripe plums dive into bright milk chocolate. A pinch of cinnamon and sugar gives the ever fruity nose a special touch. Some caramel and toffee mingle, oranges and apples are added. A slightly acidic impact makes the nose look cool and clear in the meantime. Nutty and with a touch of chocolate, the invites the nose to the first sip.
    • Taste
      Spicy notes of wood and intense caramel with small pieces of fruit make the first impression very pleasant and delicious. Suddenly, the alcohol is very present, peppery pungency covers the tongue and dresses the palate. After a few Augenblichen a dry and dry wood aroma in the mouth. Old walnuts and wet leaves mix and bring the first sip to a close. At the second sip then immediately dominate woody elements. Again, a peppery pungency sets over the tongue, a hint of chilli heats the tongue in addition. My salivation is massively stimulated while the taste with its tart wood flavors merges into the aftertaste. A hint of sour citrus fruits and floury nuts follow.
    • Finish
      Herb and subtly bitter, the aftertaste exudes its dark aroma for a long time. Unripe and green walnuts follow, creating a touch of varnish and furniture polish. Appearances of citrus fruits, immature nuts and a hint of chocolate are long remembered.

  2. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    (Blind tasting) golden color and slightly oily
    • Nose
      89 89
      the nose is a bit different, a slight wine note swims with it and it is not entirely clear whether refill sherry or an active ex-bourbon, very fruity and slightly tangy, a fine honey aroma behind it. after 1 sip, the dark and herbaceous influence becomes stronger. beautiful and exciting nose
    • Taste
      87 87
      Significantly oily and stronger in the mouth, there are also pleasant woody notes, it stays strong and peppery in the mouth and fills the whole palate, heather and, far away, a delicate trail of smoke
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the finish clearly woody with a little espresso, forest honey and long-lasting. slightly astringent. but remains somewhat behind the nose and the taste.

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    beautiful classic Bourbon Clynelish
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peaches, honey, beeswax, blooming broom bushes, rich vanilla, salty sea breeze, a hint of lime and cereal salt
    • Taste
      88 88
      A sweet hint of malt immediately spreads, the coastline can be guessed, honey-dripped apple slices, the slight bitterness of a ripe grapefruit joins, despite the addition of water peppery, spicy oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      long and fruity, floral - at the end a dry oak and nuts

  4. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Prima Bourbon Clynelish. Especially very varied. 90 points
    • Nose
      If you know it's a Clynelish, then you can guess it pretty well. Grassy and waxy at the beginning with limonene. Green grapes, apples and pineapple
    • Taste
      Exciting. On the palate quite different than in the nose. Very sweet and vanilla. The waxy-lime-like, which one associates so often with Clynelish is to be felt here as well. Slight saltiness. Beautiful oak flavor, which is more on the sweet than on the bitter side. Some banana, slightly peppery pungency. Nice!
    • Finish
      For a long time from sweet-hot to bitter dripping. light espresso notes.

  5. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Wax, lemon, white grapes, white peach. The wax develops a moment; then the whole nose collapses with aeration, which does not do him any good. Palate: Lemon syrup, candle wax, vanilla apricot. Spices on the tongue. Finale: A saline wave. The mouth dries quickly. Fruity dry smoke. Verdict: A typical Clynelish, well done in the mouth, but not surprising. The nose is disappointing over time.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    Liquid Treasures is a label by the German bottler eSpirits. Allow me to start by saying that I really like the label on this bottle. In this so-called ‘Charlie’ series – clearly referring to Mr Chaplin that is prominently depicted on the labels – there is already an Islay Malt and a Glen Scotia. This Clynelish is another one from 1997, a vintage that is fast becoming quite legendary.

    It makes good on its reputation on the nose from the start: waxy (while less than I remember from other 1997 releases) on tropical fruit. Think apricots, pineapple, banana, mandarin, gooseberry and melon. And a nice dose of beeswax. Wonderful, although I expected it to be somewhat more punchy to be honest. It is quite delicate on the nose.

    The arrival on the palate is round, creamy, powerful and honeysweet; on the same fruit, albeit in a nice stew this time around. It is very spicy from the first moment. Mostly a mix of peppers and some oak. Hint of camphor. Hint of cardamom. Midpalate a nice bitterness comes cruises along to put the taste completely in balance. Citrus becomes louder all the time.

    Good finish. Nice length in which the drying oak allows the fruit to show itself – with some honey – only to return at the death to have the final say.

    Another great Clynelish 1997, despite the delicate nose. Oh, lest I forget: water is an option. It is a good swimmer. But it does not need it at all.

  7. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Clynelish 18 yo 1997/2015 (55%, Liquid Treasures, bourbon hogshead)  This one is called the Charlie Edition, and I doubt that’s Charlie Sheen or Charlie Watts. Colour: white wine. Nose: well Clynelish of course, but this one’s rather grassier, more austere, with more branches, leaves, then ‘chemical’ lemon juice powder (nothing bad!) and green plums. Very tight, it seems. With water: moss, porridge, soot, peelings… It’s all beautifully austere. Mouth (neat): excellent, salty and waxy with some lemon and a touch of paraffin, as well as this very grassy side that already was in the nose. A little custard, probably from the oak. With water: perfect now. Liquid wax, bitter oranges, lemon drops, a touch of honey and limoncello… We’re more in the style of the early 1980s vintages, I’d say. Finish: long and very waxy. Crunching lemon-scented candles. Comments: a little less ‘easy’ than the Wemyss, more demanding, and rather closer to the old 5, in a way. Up there with the very best, congrats Charlie. SGP:462 - 90 points

  8. bennythemonster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 1997-2015, 18 years, 55% alc. Liquid Treasures Clynelish 1997-2015, 18 years, 55% alc.
    Bottler: Liquid Treasures
    Extension: Bourbon barrel
    Region: Highlands, Scotland

    Nose: spicy and fruity sweet. Acacia honey, lemon cake and some barley malt. Behind a lot of frosting, crumbly snail and minimal pineapple next to pieces of melon. The whisky still looks dry and shows some wood smoke.

    Palate: intense and full-bodied, slightly fleshy. The fruits of the nose occupy the mouth. Sweet lemons, sugar syrup, honey and vanilla pods in a light spice mixture. There are also pleasant oak flavors.

    Finish: Long and dry, with light wood smoke and a hint of menthol. Warms up to the stomach without being alcoholic.

    Conclusion: Fruity, with low-acid lemon. I really liked this Clynelish!

    90/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 115 €)
    Thank you dailydram.de for sample and photo!
    Original article with photo: http://www.notesofmalt.de/notes-Highland...5,-18yo,-55-LT/

  9. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was very pleased by this nice and delicate dram. A textural whisky,
    full of flavour. Fruity with an impressive balance of sweetness and hot
    spice. A good and complex bottling with a gorgeous nose.

    I thank Dailydram.de for the sample!

    • Nose
      The nose starts off with lingering tropical fruit - banana and apricots
      in particluar. Quite oily with typical notes of beeswax. There's citric
      fruit coming through, along with luscious gooseberry and a pleasant
      touch of blossom honey. Delightful and very aromatic.
    • Taste
      A sweet start on the palate with ripe tropical fruit, stewed banana and
      apricots. This is immediately followed by an explosion of spicy flavours
      with cracked black pepper, chilli and oak. Fairly mouthfilling with
      gentle dark honey and a touch of Seville orange peels towards the
      finish. Rich and warm.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warm with a delicate sweetness, lingering honey
      and a bit of fruity flavours. Quite oily with a pleasant beeswax note.
      Dry oak and cloves on the tail. Deliciously mouthcoating.

      WATER: There's more tropical fruit on the nose, with some additional
      melon and peach flavours. Quite fruity with warm and prickling spice on
      the palate but the sweetness counters. The finish is medium long with
      delicate sticky sweet honey and more beeswax on the tongue.


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