Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
The Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
38 years old
Refill Hogshead
DL 5055
Number of bottles
47.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Jun 2009 1:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 450.00

27 × in wishlist

65 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1971 DL

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.65 points

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    Fruity - dark - delicious! Oranges, smoke, tobacco, furniture polish, salty flavor, smooth wood and farmy notes that keep coming up - subtle, but very good!
    Soft and spicy start, then becoming more voluminous. Very spicy, with a lot of tobacco, smoke, peaty hints, red fruit notes, leather, fine herbs, tea, wood, old furniture, wet animal fur and becoming more maritime towards the finish.
    Long - spicy, fruity and tangy! Lime, lemon, soft orange in a smoky garment. In addition, tea, fading wood and an unbelievably soft finish.
    The nose is here at 92+ points; in the overall result only narrowly failed at the 93 hurdle!
    92 points
    N: 92P / G: 93P / F: 92P

  2. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  3. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Pretty drinkable
    • Nose
      90 90
      Malty, dry hay, honeydew, citrus, limes, minerals, old books, banana, peach, whiffs of vanilla - not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, oily, creamy, fruity, subtle sweetness, vanilla, yellow fruits, grapefruits
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, zesty, more old books, more grapefruits

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose is beautiful on stone fruits honey vanilla leading to tropical fruits, they are less present on the palate though, excellent

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Lovely stuff but fades a little so loses a few marks.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great cask for sure, my style of whisky, restrained elegance.
    • Nose
      Smells old, on stewed white fruits at first. There is definitely some vanilla, possibly some beeswax or light wood varnish?

      The fruits grow, mango, orange and pineapple, hint of caramel.

      Old, old, old, I love the nose on this. 
    • Taste
      There is some oak immediately but it is no problem as it is swamped by the wave of fruits the nose hinted at, thick, a little oily but lighter and more delicate than other old Clynelish I have had.

      It actually is rather delicate, another great old whisky that caresses the taste buds, Some plum enters the fray towards the end.
    • Finish
      Not long, fades a little quicker than I would have wanted.

  8. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It is without fault, very balanced. Not too mineral, not too fruity.
    Superb. (03/28/2017)

    05/11/2020: second try on this bottle. Always so superb. Everything is superbly balanced and fruity. 92
    • Nose
      92 92
      First puff on candied lemon. It is very beautiful.
      We continue with Mirabelle plum jam and syrup peach.
      It is saline and mineral. Perfect balance.
      Light white peppery on cardamom and lemongrass.
      Dew. Pebble.
      Very light toffee.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very light, a small metallic side (we can exclude the OBE given the bottling date).
      Always a lemon and citrus side. Well preserved.
      A little Espelette pepper.
      Very mineral. Pebble, limestone.
    • Finish
      92 92
      A little apricot finish. Menthol and mineral.

  9. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    First: amber noble peach alcohol feeling fig trees with white chocolate vanilla slightly burnt sugar Middle: Body gently exploding on the tongue Coating still vanilla Finish: Return priority Transparent feeling Nose omission also fine http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=18476


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