Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 May 2009 1:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 495.00

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20 × member ratings

12 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1972 AD

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.94 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2020] This seems to be a dram for a special occasion, like tonight...

    ...and indeed, it is! This is Clynelish at its best, obviously the early seventies vintages are the golden era of both the new Clynelish and the old Brora distillery. So, dear Diageo experts: Do you really know what they did differently during these times to make the Brora revival a success? Or will it end up like Ardbeg where they tried everything to recreate the seventies Ardbeg profile but failed, sadly. Not that the new Ardbeg is bad but it is far away from the glorious old profile. I cross my fingers for the Brora revival and have some old Clynelish/Brora drams while waiting for the outcome...
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is pale gold and out of a big spheric blender's glass the nose offers a delicate and complex profile with dozens of different aromas. It is both fun and enjoyment to explore this nose, but take your time. It opens up greatly upon breathing and grows stronger. There are a lot of fine old-style aromas in a lightly peated setting, among them different waxes, furniture polish and chalky-mineral notes. The fruits and honeys are truly adorable in this mix as are the autumn-floral impressions (dry haystacks, leafes). Great stuff to sniff, this is complexity and harmony at work.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is multi-layered starting with the old-style waxy-herbal flavours before the honeys kick in, among them traces of Manuka. The fruits are shy and leave the stage to the other players but finally they arrive in the spotlight (by the way, there are some rather unusual fruits like cantaloupe, pumpkin and mango). The longer I chew this dram the sweeter it gets with molten sugars, honeys and fruit which are perfectly contained by the waxes, oils and spices. No flaw or imbalance, this taste is close to perfection.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives very charming on the palate and instantly coats all of the mouth with its creamy texture. No distracting moments, just pleasure. The finish is medium to long and turns more waxy-mineral - like the start of the taste was. Towards the end minor bitter impressions (green tea, tobacco leafes) join in which are welcomed as a new encounter. Some water turns the nose even more complex and releases adorable exotic fruits together with more honeys, I like that. Same with the taste which gets even more quaffable with a reduction. I like to explore this dram neat but enjoy quaffing most at around 46% abv.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish 1972 - 2000 (28year) 57.3%

    N: polish, lemon pledge, rust, it’s estery like a Jamaican rum. beeswax, honeysuckle, caramel corn, salted caramel ice cream. Ripe banana and brown butter ghee.

    P: buttery, sweet beeswax, honeysuckle flowers, tropical with mangos, loads of melon (honeydew/cantaloupe) and Manuka honey. Not a super thick mouthfeel, but great flavours. Wonderful palate.

    F: Wax, sweetness countered by dry oak spice. More ripe banana. Medium long with lots of wax and honey.


    Notes: As I’ve slowly drank this bottle down, it’s oxidized and opened up beautifully. It was much more closed off when I first opened it. So a year and a half (give or take) really worked wonders. Its not perfect, and it’s not the best dram I’ve ever had, but that doesn’t make it any less special. It’s not always just the dram itself that is memorable but the memories you make along with it.

    I found this bottle on the shelf of a new liquor store in Alberta, Canada in 2017 for $300Cad. It somehow managed to avoid purchase for 17 years after it was bottled. This bottle has been poured to celebrate new friends, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. It’s a special dram, tied to special moments.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Clynelish H2H

    Managers Dram 17 year 1998 61.8% OB WB ID 8173
    Clynelish 1969 12 year 56.9% OB WB ID 10087
    Clynelish 1982 15 year Flora & Fauna 57.7% OB WB ID 3438
    Clynelish 1972 28 year 57.3% cask 14624 Adelphi WB ID 8106

    Managers Dram with this particular bottle there is no use getting only 1cl or even 2cl, this is one of the exceptions where you definitely need to either have a full bottle to play around with or a good sized sample of at least 3cl minimum preferably 4 - 5 cl


    1 - managers dram 17 year
    As per last notes in 2018 but also coal tar soap just not as powerful as that but same scent, great stuff.

    2 - 1969
    Surprisingly light and creamy, all on pear, green apple & green apple skins with lashings of cream, pastry notes and a hint of brine and the faintest hint of peat and some vanilla.
    Smells like an older style of malt than the managers, which it obviously is.

    3 - ff
    A big cereal note is the first thing that hits you, cream, hint of peat and vanilla,
    Closed not particularly expressive.
    Slightly ashy

    4 - 1972 adelphi
    Same sort of dna as the ff but with a dirty angle, in a good way, coal tar soap, lucozade, brine , pear and apple & white/yellow gummy bears

    Result nose neat
    1- managers 17 95
    2 - 1969 12 year 94
    3 - 1972 adelphi but almost as good as the 69 93
    4 - FF 1982 cs 92

    Palate neat

    1 managers-
    wham, bam thank you mam, holy shit, power/peat and massess of stewed fruit
    More peat than i remember, and zingy, = notes from 2018 - 95

    2 - 1969
    Completely different to the managers, more subtle , not as powerful with a lovely cream note, hints of lime and lemon, much cleaner and sharper but i like the dirty note in the managers
    Reminds me of some of the nest douglas laing brora but sweeter
    excellent 95

    3 ff
    - this is really similar to the 1969 in it’s profile with the cream, lemon and lime angle just not quite as deep and more elegant than either the MD OR THE 1969 and there is more peat, this is approaching an islay dram for the level of peat in here 93

    Another sweet one but not as refined as the 69 or ff. a little peat or so i thought btt then a wave of spicy peat lashes your tongue and it is really nice, there is a little white fruit, pepper and pastry not as complex as the other 3 92

    1= managers 95
    1= 1969 95
    2- ff 93
    3 - 1972, 92

    5 drops of water from a pipette

    Managers is a little sweeter, parma violet note, marshmallow (pink)
    1969 more cream , more expressive more spirit than md, gummy bears
    Ff no change more distant than than above, possibley a little metallic
    1972 more fruit, plum, rhubarb, gooseberry

    Clear winner

    1 md more going on**
    2 1972
    3 1969 smells younger than md
    4 ff


    Md 17 silky at first but then a hand grenade of peat and masses of spice

    1969, so sweet and silky smooth at first but then the peat arrives, not silky now but still great for sure

    Ff - the water has calmed it down and it is like a rougher version of the 12 until the peat assaults your tongue, different, unique almost, very good

    1972 - now this is a lot sweeter with water, less peat now than the other 3 but really tasty, excellent

    Unable to decide
    So try again
    Md, great flavour, so powerful, rips your tongue off, i love it 1
    1969 more cereal, nice peat and spice 2
    Ff so creamy, full of cereals the peat is invasive water has released untapped peat power, jesus christ
    1972 Very nice , more peat, great fruit

    1 md 95
    2 1972 94
    3 ff 93
    4 1969 but more refined than all the others, sweeter just not as powerful 93

    MD 17 - 94
    1972 - 94
    1969 - 93
    FF 93
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    Very fruity and good Clynelish - excellent!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Beeswax, lemon zest, minerals, limestone, whiffs of vanilla, more fruity incl. peach, banana, pineapple - great!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, waxy, sirupy, more peach, pineapple, banana, good sweetness, more minerals, lemon zest, hints of vanilla - excellent!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium long, warm, little more spicy, more vanilla

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    So Clynelish , polish wax honey grass then come the fruits peach apricot some exotic ones, a nice spiciness, delicious


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