Clynelish 17-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Manager's Dram
Stated Age
17 years old
Sherry Cask
61.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 May 2009 9:08 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2023.75

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 17-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.54 points

  1. penumbra scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Citrus, flesh, sweet and sour sauce, Cointreau white orange peel, orange sugar, white chocolate, hand shake milk and milk plus coffee, milk tofu, condensed milk, nougat, white rabbit toffee, beeswax, honey, Dried ginger water, minerals, tiny branches, white oak.
    • Taste
      Citrus, mango, apricot, toffee, beeswax, oil, parmesan cheese, salt, some ginger and white pepper to bring the spicy, Thai round eggplant, allspice.
    • Finish
      Extremely long, waxy texture, milk skin, stone grinding into powder, sea salt.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I've tried this one a few times. A famous bottling of Clynelish with an easily recognized label. Oily, peaty, honeyed, fruity, balanced dram with a very distinguishable granular, chewy texture when undiluted. Probably one of the easiest drinking 62% you can have. This swims quite well, but don't try to add too much water. Best if undiluted though since you can feel its power.

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful, powerful palate, huge pineapples
    • Nose
      Waxy and dusty, concentrated pineapple juices
    • Taste
      Intense palate, waxy again, a touch of smoke, BBQ pineapple, extremely aromatic and oily
    • Finish
      Long, dynamic

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Had a bottle of this before, I forgot how good it was, this is the best Clynelish I have had including some that were from the old Brora distillery.

    Perfect balance with fruit & peat, this is a whisky for people who want to be entertained and have plenty of time on their hands.

    A benchmark malt for me 94-95 points when I compare this to 94/95 point Glenfarclas or Glendronach this wins by a knockout.

    Fantastic whisky, why did I sell a bottle years ago, what a fool.

    I think I paid £250 for my last bottle
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    With water:_

    Water has released honeycomb, wafer and a touch of salted caramel, along with everything else on the nose.

    Even with generous water it has plenty of power, the peat has smashed everything else out the way with a bat and is more noticeable than when neat but the fruit is still there.

    • Nose
      It is full of honey, lemon, menthol, cough candy, ripe yellow plums, coastal peat, brine and hints of peach.

      This even smells strong but rich with it in a fruity no holds barred type way, it is lovely but also daunting power wise.
    • Taste
      Thick, creamy and explosive but it is so rich you could not call it fiery.

      The fruits are here, mango, peach, a little pineapple but as if they have been stewed for months in sherry. Reminds me of some of the best older springbank bottles.

      The fruit keeps coming in waves but my tongue is almost numb with the power, lip smacking , full bodied rich and brilliant.

      It gets a little more honeyed with time with the lemon coming through and it is lemon sherbet sweet fizz. The peat is there in the mix and you recognise the waxy clynelish profile but this is on another planet to most clynelish
    • Finish
      Huge length, remaining sweet and fruity

  6. SFWC scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    As Monsiuer El Gato himself would say: 'Brutal Sherry'.

    There really is no such thing as a bad Clynelish and this is one of the most exciting bottlings of all time. When the mood hits this is pure Coltrane.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. jankes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. barryfox915 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Mineral, clean, spicy-nutty, meaty, clean, on cold
    ashes and Cointreau. Diluted, it becomes more mineral but also fruitier, on
    exotic fruits.
    Taste: Spicy (ginger), very salty, smoky, peaty, on bitter
    orange skin, and slight cardboard flavours. Diluted, it becomes fruitier. The
    finish is long, spicy, peaty, mineral, on cold ashes and peat, seaweed, orange,
    and some tangerine and grapefruit.
    General Impression: An excellent Clynelish nicely




  10. zby0001 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96


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