Clynelish 1996 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Stated Age
19 years old
Number of bottles
50.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The bonding dram, single malt whisky shop & prima vinum
Added on
27 Jun 2016 2:05 pm by McBarn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.00

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 SV

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.82 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Simple and delicious. Simply delicious!
    That's what good single malts like this one have been made for: to be nosed, tasted, savoured and cherished.
    Ex-Bourbon Clynelish at its summery best.

  2. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I don't miss anything for refreshing enjoyment, honey, wax, citrus fruit, oiliness - everything is there and perfectly balanced. Round thing at the age of 19. Not overly complex, but still gives me a constant 88 feel-good points, period!

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I guess the worst thing you could say about this is that it's a drinkers' whisky: a pretty straightforward, delicious, well-aged and substantial single cask that affords pure delight without demanding to be analyzed to death. Good for almost anyone; great for Clynelish fans.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Classic Clynelish, really big, fat and oily, with just the tiniest hint of smoke, which almost makes it seems a bit Campbeltownian, if you know what I mean. Even though the distillate is fairly greasy and heavy, it also has a fragrant, floral, summery side to it, like a meadow in bloom. Keeps oscillating back and forth between these two aspects, which makes for a thoroughly unboring nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      No heat whatsoever, does not necessarily need water. Not overly complex, but absolutely faultless otherwise, and really good if you'd like an unadulterated, typical Clynelish that puts the distillery character front and center. Oysters with a splash of lemon, salted caramel, grape, sweet peach, and finally some (white or green) pepper. Really appetitizing with its combination of acidity and salinity. This would work great as an accompaniment to Spanish tapas or practically any kind of seafood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peach, lemon soda, grape juice, chalk / limestone, very little wood.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fresh Peach

    This very pale Clynelish came from the warehouses of Signatory and was bottled a few years ago by three Flemish whisky shops: The Bonding Dram, The Single Malt Whisky Shop and Prima Vinum. It’s a single cask at cast strength and I presented it recently at a Clynelish/Brora Masterclass in Ghent.

    The typical beeswax is present on the nose from the first whiff. Then some sweet malt, loads of honey and pineapple, red and green apples and grapefruit. But the aroma of fresh, juicy peach claims most of the attention of your olfactory instrument.

    This continues on the palate. Beeswax, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, Granny Smith. This is joined by a nice note of quinine and quite a big dose of white pepper. It is (to me at least) impossible not to like this.

    The finish is medium long and while the fruit gently fades, some nuts kick in.

    Admittedly, this Clynelish is somewhat straightforward and hardly complex, but who cares when it’s this good?

  5. Bishlouk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's pretty rare to meet a bad Clynelish, I think. And it is not yet this time that I will be able to write "yuck". This selection is a very good Clynelish, very typical of the distillery. No (bad) surprise, the quality is at the rendezvous.
    • Nose
      A mixture of green apple, squeezed lemon, iodized smoke, and beeswax. White grapes and honey are invited to the party. A typical nose, but my faith very pleasant.
    • Taste
      The honeyed fruitiness takes over. Grapes, apples, and lemons; all coated with sweet syrup. A pinch of salt twirls here and there steadily. A hint of varnish for furniture after a while.
    • Finish
      Piquant spices grow, along with the saline wave. The fruits fade, leaving a slight fruity dryness behind them.

  6. Romansen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      The hammer! Juicy light fruits, clear citrus notes. In addition these wonderful waxy notes (here: beeswax), which are apparently typical for Clynelish. Pleasant creamy sweetness, a nice portion of vanilla, slightly floral. This is followed by slightly fresh and nutty notes, which then clearly merge into a little caramel and vanilla ice cream.

      To put it simply: very tasty.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Light, fresh and almost green fruit notes, very tangy citrus fruits, slightly tart lemonade, light honey sweetness, a little floral, some vanilla, pleasant light fruit notes. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Some beeswax, tart citrus notes, very delicate light wood notes. Very light sweetness, which is accompanied by more dominant tart, woody notes. Somewhat tart coffee remains with delicate, tart green fruit notes (peel of green apples).

  8. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  10. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88


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