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Clynelish 1972

Overall rating
91.76/100
votes
35
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1972
Bottled
1995
Stated Age
22 years old
Strength
58.95 % Vol.
Size
200 ml 750 ml
Added on
17 Jun 2009 6:03 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2500,00

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35 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1972

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.76 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017] In 1969 a severe drought started on Islay and other parts of Scotland that forced many distilleries to cut back their production drastically and some had to shut down for months or even years. That is the reason why there are just a few 1969 to 1971 vintages out there (especially of Islay drams) and this was the cause why we can enjoy these great Brora malts, too. The old Clynelish distillery (that now is known as Brora) was mothballed in May 1968 and the new Clynelish plant opened one month later. But when DCL ran short of heavily peated new make due to the drought on Islay they investigated options to produce such malt elsewhere and resumed production of the old Clynelish distillery in 1969 again.

    It was not renamed to Brora until the mid-seventies and the casks were marked just as Clynelish-A and Clynelish-B (and sometimes this did mix up so an old Clynelish could well be distilled in the Brora stills - but not the other way around as Diageo names all bottlings in doubt simply Clynelish what is anyway true). When the rebuilt and expanded Caol Ila distillery reopened in 1974 it slowly took over the task of producing heavily peated malts for the DCL brands (like Johnny Walker) from Brora again and the peating levels of Brora were gradually reduced to the standard Clynelish level over the next years. So this is a good reason to try this Clynelish 1972 Rare Malt edition versus a later Brora from around 1978/9 (WB id 25968).

    All in all two exceptional drams that confirm the high quality and legendary status of these sister distilleries. Just the recent price tags are ridiculous...

    PS: The drought of 1969 was NOT caused by men-made climate change as the worldwide temperatures dropped significantly until 1975 (despite constantly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The Brora is one shade darker at yellow gold why the Clynelish is at old gold. The Clynelish shows a texture of many small tears at the top of the glass that slowly consolidate into bigger ones that stick to the top literally forever. The texture of the Brora shows many small tears that consolidate after a while and a few slow moving legs. So both drams own a great oiliness. The Clynelish nose is quite punchy first but after a while it offers a delicate grassy - spring floral profile with just minor peaty aromas and some fruits in the background. The Brora is much sweeter on both malty and honey aromas and offers a richer peaty profile (even if it is significantly less peaty than the pre-1976 Broras). Both are really delicious but I like the Brora nose more.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The Brora offers a very complex and greatly balanced flavours profile that is truly multi-layered, simply great! It rolls in several waves over the taste buds that offer the different aromas one after the other. The Clynelish shows a rather herbal-floral profile on the palate that is layered too and gets sweeter over time. No wonder that the Brora takes this round, too. Water releases more herbal aromas in the nose of the Clynelish and turns the whole dram smoother and sweeter. I like the reduced Clynelish better than the neat. The diluted Brora offers additional aromas too but I like the power of the neat dram more.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The Clynelish arrives bold and a little hot (due to the 59% abv) in the mouth and coats it immediately (just like the texture promised). Same with the Brora that is a little less hot and a little more coating. Both show no distracting bitter or astringent moments and own a very long finish with no distracting feelings either. The Brora vanishes in several waves where some nice peaty aromas pop up again. The Clynelish adds more spices to its profile during the finish and stays a little longer than the Brora so I vote for a draw on that dimension.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    A classic old Clynelish - very good
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very powerful and fresh, climbing up the nose quickly like wasabi, waxy notes, citrus fruits, lemons, green fruits, minerals, honeydew, hints of vanilla, some medicinal notes too - very good!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, yellow fruits, more minerals, limestone, little herbal, grapefruits, some saltiness - still good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, burning, zesty, more grapefruits, little bitterness

  3. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It's slightly weak on the nose, but in the others it's outstanding Clynelish with some Brora notes.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Floral and slightly alcoholic. Fruits, camphor, cut grass and touch of peat.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Powerful and sweet. Waxy fruits, honey, creamy peat, salted caramel and touch of tannic oak.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, sweet, spicy.

  4. Bram84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose lost it a few marks but on taste alone a high score.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An excellent Clynelish better than the 72 61.3% RM and the 74.Elegant but raw & rough at the same time, difficult to put into words, a two sided malt?????
    • Nose
      The alcohol hits you immediately , there is some sweetness there and then  I detect washing up liquid and quite a lot of it?

      More fruit emerges, some mango, peach and then at last that coastal peat and brine. Thankfully after a few minutes in the glass the washing up notes recede but still some in the background.
    • Taste
      Whoa, that's a proper Clynelish, the type that smacks your taste buds to wake up.

       No washing up liquid here, bit it is definitely on the nose. Its very sweet, a sugary candy sweetness a little like seaside rock, sherbet and cola cube sweets.The brine is there and some peat but the sweet notes are what get the attention and its a sherbet fizzy sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet , almost spicy sweetness

  7. kvass1971 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Very rare - Diageo`s Rare Malt. Fantastic.

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