Clynelish 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 2074.31

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 17-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.52 points

  1. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I don't exactly like Clynelish but this is surreal.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  2. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Big thank you to Ady Tay for this lovely Clynelish.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Extremely fresh and sharp, with some menthol and minty notes on top of that Clynelish waxy coat. High on citrusy, and the dried fruits appear after a while. Very mild earthy peat detected in the beginning, and it gets stronger over time. After around 5 minutes, the heavier sherry notes started to dance, together with the growing peatiness. Really beautiful and complex.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruit explosion! Intense fruits sweetness and good weight of nuttiness. Lots of mixed nuts. Mild dark chocolate, dried orange peel (chen-pi), fresh kind of sherry notes which is missing from the modern ones. Slight bitterness which balanced beautifully with the sweetness upfront. Some cheese like notes. Complex!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and fresh, orange peel, some nuttiness, slightly sooty and oaky, dark chocolate.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 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
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Toffee caramel and sweet fruits, not bad

  5. Mogadi scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    I am not the biggest Clynelish fan, but this beauty cannot go under 95. Beautifuly fruity and oily...

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Pretty dry and austere but no off-notes - very good
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very nutty, walnut, hazelnut, little toffee, brown sugar, tobacco, sherry wood, spices, little nutmeg, dark chocolate, little dried fruits, dates - pretty good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, oily, liquorice, little sweetness, more nutty, more dried fruits, spices, tobacco, chocolate, sherry wood, little toffee - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, burning, spicy, woody, not drying

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful Clynelish.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. penumbra scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Once again, I feel that the kitten has some wine similar to a certain series of Genting, but the overall kitten feels cleaner and fresher, the lipid flavor is more inclined to solid wax rather than sticky oil, and Genting is sometimes too thick in terms of taste Dirty.
    • Nose
      Citrus, pulp, sweet and sour sauce, Cointreau orange peel, orange candy, white chocolate, hand shake milk froth and milk-added 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, fat, parmesan cheese, salt, some spicy ginger and white pepper, Thai round eggplant, allspice.
    • Finish
      Very long-lasting, waxy texture, milk skin, stone ground into powder, sea salt.

  9. 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.

  10. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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


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