Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
19 years old
ex-Lagavulin Cask
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 oct 2016 8:37 am by malt-n-taste
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 123.57

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54 × member ratings

65 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 MBl

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.81 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What an interplay of flavors! Storage in an ex-Lagavulin Cask left deep marks and incredible aromas, I would never have typed a Highland Clynelish on a blind tasting. Malty sweetness and subtle Islay aroma in the nose and then this taste explosion on the tongue. A very interesting bottling, where for a Highlander the Islayeinschlag is almost too violent. Nevertheless a great and delicious malt, I like it!
    • Nose
      Malted sweetness and spicy wood notes swell from the glass after pouring. A subtle smoky note rises from the malt, orange peel and citrus fruits are added. The intense smoke aroma dissolves a pinch of salt and sea air, a hint of peat comes to light. The islay aromas gradually fade and a grassy note mingles with sweet raisins. A subtle Rumtopfnote releases a touch of vanilla, the malt is now again intense and ends in spicy and slightly harsh wood tones. Subtle smoke aroma and wet tobacco leaves remain discreetly in the background.
    • Taste
      First, sweet and malty fruit flare, then unloads the Clynelish its full force and strength in the mouth. Violent notes of wood and intense smoke and ash flavors cause the palate to glow, peat mixes with dry and dry logs, the smoky note is very intense and dominant on first appearance. At the second sip sweet fruit and lemon are also noticeable first before a decent pinch of salt and black pepper spreads over the tongue. Again, these harsh and dark wood flavors, then burns a peat fire in the mouth and leaves slightly bitter ash. An interplay of flavors makes my heart beat faster.
    • Finish
      There is still a thin layer of ash on the tongue, some glow ignites a pile of dry peat. Grapefruit aromas and salt mix to a bitter and bitter melange, tart woody aromas dominate, here and there the malty sweetness comes back. The finish glows for a long time and leaves a smoky salt crust on the tongue in addition to the plump warmth.

  2. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This is a rather dark (so presumingly sherry cask-matured) Clynelish
    finished in an ex-Lagavulin cask. So in the best case scenario, I was
    expecting Clynelish-style waxiness and sweetness combined with a
    little-more-than-usual peat smoke. The slightest touch of Brora-esque
    notes maybe? Come on, stop dreaming... I must say I am quite disappointed. Maybe they left some liters of
    Lagavulin in the cask or the cask must have been extremely active with
    regards to transferring the Laga notes. But to me this is not Clynelish
    anymore because it has somewhat been drowned. It's an odd and peaty "Blended Malt" mix that does not work for me at all.

    They really should have left those two casks alone.

  3. Numwierum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like this whisky, the interaction between the nose and the mouth very well. Clearly Clynelish in the nose, with very subtle smoke ... but in the mouth, the smoke is much more pronounced and you can taste it a bit, the Islay South Coast Paint. The Malt makes me really happy !!!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A bit like Brora due to the added layer of smoke from the Lagavulin cask. Nicely done, works well together.

  5. Silversurfer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. ScoutGott scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  7. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blindtasting! A very tasty whisky with distinct age notes in the whisky and this unexpected smoke kick.
    • Nose
      Sweetly fresh, but also a beautiful oak spice, yet the focus is rather on bright, but ripe fruit, sometimes overripe. I like it. Curiously, I have a bit of smoke in the end.
    • Taste
      relatively strong, spicy, fruit, honey, oak, as in the nose.
    • Finish
      very spicy, slightly smoky, slightly harsh oak, very long, tart.

  8. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The Clynelish is definitely recognizable (currently I have hardly any other Brenne, where I have the character so clearly in the nose). In addition, a very slightly smoky note. In the taste almost more Laga than Clynelish. Likewise the departure. I notice the Laga very clearly. Pretty interesting this combination and delicious it is too.

  9. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. pianoman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Grassy and malty. Salted lemons. Some leather and distant garden fire in the fog.
    • Taste
      Sweetish at first. Chicken with lemon juice and chili. Dark chocolate, slightly smoky ashes.


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