Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Mercenary (TWM)
Bottling serie
Dram 4 ALS
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Dram 4 ALS - Whisky Charity Friends
Added on
05 Nov 2015 6:48 pm by JimmyJones
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 120.00

7 × in wishlist

28 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 TWM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.20 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Apricot Pastry

    Dram 4 ALS is an initiative by several whisky friends to raise money for ‘A Heart for ALS’, a non-profit organization that supports research into this neuromuscular disease. One of the bottlings is this 18 years old Clynelish from – you guessed it – 1997.

    It is wonderfully waxy on the nose, as was to be expected. And equally fruity. Think red fruit: raspberry and strawberry. While there is no mention on the label, the nose (and certainly the color) strongly suggest a sherry cask. The fact that I also get some sniffing tobacco, oranges and marzipan only strengthens me in that conviction. Some juicy honey and apricot pastry make this a wonderfully sweet and rich nose.

    The arrival is simply feisty! Spicy on ginger, pepper, mint and woodspice which puts a nice frame around the fruit, although that is somewhat subdued to the oak. There is even a green hint in there. Basil? And a single drop of balsamic vinegar.

    The finish is long and warm on more of the same.

    Where is the party? The party is right here! Nice, round and very fruity Clynelish.

  2. greg_0277 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A fairly spicy and rather fiery clynelish.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Spices: pepper, sweet spices as on some sherry cask. Slightly vegetable then and some citrus
    • Taste
      88 88
      Still on spices, rather fluid texture, slightly waxy. Red fruit, light smoke. Very good but alcohol makes it a little aggressive on the palate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Always on spices mainly

  3. Joco1974 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    In my view a clear sherry..though not mentioned ..
    Delicious typical red fruit in the nose with some oranges in the background .. Subtle some wood and some "fruit porridge".
    Spicy / pepper certainly present what this whisky can certainly have.
    Afterwards some coffee with vanilla comes to the fore and a delicious long aftertaste.
    Top bottle of the Whisky Mercenary!

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, lemon, vanilla, almond and a grassy touch. It becomes a little creamier and the addition of water increases the apple note.
    • Taste
      Honey, citrus, apple, vanilla, almond and pepper. Some wax, but not much for '97 Clynelish standards. Water releases a bit of smoke.
    • Finish
      Honey, apple, citrus, vanilla, caramel and dry minerals.


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