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Clynelish 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.62/100
votes
141
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Friends of the Classic Malts
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L9148CM000
Barcode
5000281024813
Added on
13 Jun 2009 3:49 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 104,90

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 12-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.62 points

  1. dr.mad scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A few more turns would have done quite well.
    • Nose
      Floral aromas are in the nose. A heavy honey sweetness, grain, malt, salted butter (does it smell like anything at all?).
    • Taste
      Silky soft and oily, waxy and honey sweet. Mildly fruity with oranges and tangerines. Almond and nut flavors. Coffee beans, toffee. Thin out pretty fast.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet orange marmalade, honey, beet syrup, a pinch of salt.

  3. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, round, delicious, good.
    • Nose
      A hint of maritime. Tobacco, sultanas, oranges, a tad of flint in the background and fudge.
    • Taste
      Sweet start. Nutty Oloroso sherry, dried apricots, oranges, a bit peppery and also salty. Another flinty note. Balanced, round, good symmetry. A little smoke in the background.
    • Finish
      Fine smoke, tobacco, oranges, peach. Short-medium-length and round.

  4. Goethe scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Fine Clynelish. The European Oak casks are definitively there, the sherry used to be somewhere in the back but got wiped from the Clynelish character almost.  

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Mustard barley, some smoke, citrus fruits, some grass, minerals.  
    • Taste
      Mustard barley, vanilla, creamy citrus fruits, some apples, some ginger, some spices, oranges.
    • Finish
      Medium. Apples, oranges, ginger and oak.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    No problem with this but I think I preferred the standard 14 OB.

    Lacks punch and depth of profile but for the money its not bad.
    • Nose
      Very grassy on first nosing reminds me of Cragganmore a little.

      Tangerine is quite strong here, with a little fudge in the distance but not much else.

      Not a very expressive nose.
    • Taste
      Quite fat on the palate which I was not expecting and it is also dry with it. Much less tangerine than the nose suggested but the sweetness increases with a little honey and white wine in the mix.

      A few biscuit notes
    • Finish
      Short fades quickly

  7. BXpress scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very nice, very typical and value for money.
    • Nose
      Immediately salty with a little bit of wax in the mix. Artificial lemon notes and a bit of hay, plus a hint of cow stable. Slightly phenolic, mossy and little honey.
    • Taste
      At first this Whisky seemed to be at war with itself. Now that it had time to breathe, the initial Sherry-ish notes have been replaced by an increasing Clynelishness. Wax of course, pepper, salt, lemon drops. A bit of honey and a tiny whiff of farmy notes a la Brora. Now and then there is a slightly disturbing mustard note.
    • Finish
      Quite long on lots of lemony stuff, with a bit of pepper. Some sugary vanilla in the after taste.

  8. mandragoru scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: Clynelish 12 yo (46%, OB, For Friends of the Classic Malts, 2009) Colour: gold. Nose: what’s surprising is the high amount of smoke in this one. Some peat, then wax (but it’s not as waxy as others) and flints, then lemon skin and finally sea breeze. Little fruitiness but a superb flinty/smoky profile. Notes of fresh oranges coming through after a while. Mouth: much fruitier now, with a lot of oranges and tangerines on top of Clynelish’s trademark waxiness. Quite some pepper too, ginger and notes of green apples. Notes of ripe goodeberries. Finish: rather long, very nicely balanced between red berries, wax and pepper, with some orange sweets in the aftertaste. Comments: very good and rather more ‘freshly’ fruity than other young Clynelishes. Maybe a little less ‘old Highlands’ than usual. SGP:542 – 85 points

  9. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    n: rather malty with aromas of fresh croissants and pastry. behind the clynelish
        profile we all know. slightly waxy with a little honey, flints, sandy beach,
        sea air. a few nuts. as for fruits there are oranges rather than lemons
        in this one.
    t:  very much the nose I´d say. hints of allspice and nutmeg. very malty, nicely
        balanced.
    f:  medium, mineral
    87/100

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