Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
41 years old
Hogmanay Cask
Number of bottles
45.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Wealth Solutions
Added on
18 Oct 2016 2:33 pm by Forrest
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 7800.00

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11 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1973

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.11 points

  1. Man of Skye did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Clynelish 41 yo 1973/2015 (45.2%, OB, for Wealth Solutions, cask #16802, 144 bottles)  The rarest, and certainly the most expensive Clynelish ever. Talking about ‘new’ Clynelish here. If it’s anywhere near some superlative 1973s by Signatory/Prestonfield, we’re up for a treat. By the way I had forgotten I had this one, until some message by some friend appeared on Facebook. Like ‘who’s tried this?’ Happy to oblige… Oh and yes, it’s well an official bottling. Colour: gold. Nose: it needs time. There’s something metallic upfront, this may go away with oxygen. Zzz… zzz… Good, stewed rhubarb, old garage, leather polish, nettle soup, sage, brake fluid, porridge oats, brand new magazines, old books (so ink), rusty nails… It seems that this is a rather cerebral old malt. What’s perfect is that nobody’s thought of re-racking this cask. Bless ‘em. Mouth: a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Bone dry, metallic, petroly, mineral… Do you know Trimbach’s Clos Ste Hune, by any chance? And once again, it’s rather a Brora-ish Clynelish. What’s really strange is that we’ve never seen any Brora 1973. Could we please meet with the gentleman who was responsible for stencilling the casks back in 1973? Please? Or his family? We’ll bring chocolates and good wine… Ashes, pepper, mustard, hay, tar, seaweed fire… Yeah I know, Brora… Finish: long, majestically dry, sharp, concise, precise, ashy, mineral… You may call the anti-maltoporn brigade, but that would be a little too late. My bad. Comments: okay, here’s a new theory. In 1973, some, if not all Brora casks used to be stencilled as ‘Clynelish’. Okay, do you have any proof to the contrary? Like, a picture of a cask of 1973 Brora? Or even a bottle? SGP:364 - 94 points. 

  2. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    extraordinary one ,honey & fruit, sick & complex
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  3. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A more than impressive Clynelish in the style of the 1972 Broras, with which he is almost on a par. The waxiness is less present than with other, 'purer' Clynelishs. Instead, there are more hay notes and dusty-smoky hints that go wonderfully with the light fruits, such as grapes and mirabelle plums, which I notice in the taste in between. Big cinema!

    Tasted on 13/10/2020.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Some yellow fruits a bit of citrus, cream, herbs and this beautiful waxiness, amazing stuff!

  5. prz22 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Pretty old Clynelish, showing indeed brora-like nose but dissapoints a little in other aspects (for expactations)
    • Nose
      95 95
      great! Complex, layered! Mineral, stones, floral sweet, salt, honey, wax, orange jam, really evolving and classy!
    • Taste
      93 93
      really well integrated alcohol, nice balance of sweetness and minerality but lacks some depth and intensity, very good.
    • Finish
      93 93
      medium long, fruity, soily, elegant, very nice

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    Starts rather old and a bit dusty on the nose but then becomes pretty fresh and intense on the palate, fruity, powerful, balanced - great!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Truck loads of waxes, old books, hints of acacia honey, some yellow fruits, prune, pineapple, little citrusy, minerals, whiffs of tobacco, some cooked fruits, rhubarb indeed, whiffs of wood - very good
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, more yellow fruits, prune, spicy, peppery, little honey, little citric, little ginger, hints of vanilla, fine oak wood - great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium long, warm, more old books, spicy, hints of grapefruit and lemon peel

  7. Vassago Clynelish did not rate this whisky Administrator

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