Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Stated Age
20 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Feb 2017 8:49 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 72.52

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 SV

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.40 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Whenever the sulfur notes are this strong, I regret my purchase

  2. schero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky! Great PLV. I prefer Bourbon Barrel Clynelish, but this one is really fun. Has a lot of variety despite drinking strength.
    • Nose
      Spicy orange peel, beeswax without end, citrus notes sparkle in between, the typical fruitiness of Clynelish does not quite get through, slightly mineral, some vanilla
    • Taste
      Again the orange peel and the beeswax dominate first, the onset is not too restrained despite drinking strength, some effervescent powder, beautiful oak flavor without bitterness
    • Finish
      The beeswax dominates, then orange citrus and finely spicy oak

  3. davidloosli scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Pear, oranges, sour cherry, peach, quince jam, heather honey, sheet cake, gets earthier, oily, almond paste, Fresh lemons
    • Taste
      Raisins, peppery, orange, a whiff of smoke, waxy, stinging ananas, light bitterness, milk chocolate
    • Finish
      White pepper, black tea with vanilla, waxy, exotic fruit, a touch of ginger, oranges

  4. Waykid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A fairly good one, a clear -/+ 20 yo Clyne with some nice sherry-influence. In my experience they tend to be straight-forward and pleasant.
    • Nose
      Nice roundly sherryish (the sweetness of dried fruits added with some nuts), flower-medowy bananas. A bit of floorpolish, wax and lemon. Very sweet and good, round and full. Nice peaches. A touch of electricity and brimstone.
    • Taste
      Sturdy and tarty at first. The mouthfeel is quite pleasantly oily. Then it begins with the beeswax and bananas, some nuts, middle-dry sherry and a trace of salmiak. Fruity and pleasant.
    • Finish
      Peachy salmiak and malt.

  5. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  6. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The sherry cask influence makes this a mean dirty dram. Resulting in the covering up all the waxy notes and rather pronouncing the coastal ones. Do not get me wrong, it is not bad, just… you need to crave sherry casks.
    • Nose
      Reasonably smooth, but also has a dirty side to it with lots of sherry-related notes. Raisins, fudge, amaretto, gunpowder, all that supplemented with a fruity undercurrent. The nose develops into more herbal, vegetal notes, which remind me of something like vegetal spiciness of wasabi? The sherry smoothes into milk chocolate. There is only a faint notion of the typical Clynelish waxes, which could overpowered by the cask influence. I also get a slightly rubbery and a tiny plastic off-note. Then the nose becomes saltier, with lots of brine, which brings on a very coastal, almost Talisker-like feel. The nose rounds up with heavier notes of black tea and walnut paste.
    • Taste
      Displays less sherry and more wax on the palate. There are raisins, but these are now mixed with notes of paraffin, leather, and again I do get a clear sense of gunpowder. I also get lots of salt here, before the dirty sherry notes display their dominance again. The development is earthy, with leaves, leather, walnuts and black tea, which also present in the finish.
    • Finish
      More from the above.

  7. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nosing whisky for me.
    • Nose
      Very metallic, old tool shop, engine oil, coal smoke. Minerals. Limestone. Salt. Heather. Wet asphalt. Old damp wood. Newsprint. Some orchard and cooked fruits.
    • Taste
      A bit odd. Thin, metallic and bitter. Smoke and sherry. Sulphur. Some white flesh fruit.
    • Finish
      Medium long with same metallic and bitter notes.

  8. Thermidor did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted with Imperial 1995-2015 G&M 43% (87 pts.).
    • Nose
      Metallic, and rooty at first, then the sherry comes up. Waxy too, and with faint smoke. A just extinguished candle somewhere nearby. Some fur pelts and engine oil as well. One of these beautifully crafted and slightly odd noses you can find in Clynelish, Benromach, Blair Athol etc. 
    • Taste
      I like the amount of iron on display here. I don't know where it comes from but it's right on the spot. It's very cask-forward with the sherry dominating the whole, but I don't complain since the body is solid and full. Impeccable, really.
    • Finish
      Lasts a good while, the sherry giving way slowly to cloves and copper. Some wax comes in late and helps balance the sherry's candied sweetness. With water the finish becomes quite oily and sinks into the lips and the gums thoroughly.

  9. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Refill sherry butt - Waxy notes, delicate sherry influence, fruits from the spirit start to pop out as it opens – some oranges with the bitter pith too - definitely, some damp wood/ dunnage warehouses /earthy backdrop, touch of sulphur emerges but this adds rather than spoils, ephemeral touch of smoke. As it oxidises the sherry notes intensify and also deep honey on the nose, more orange.  Packed with flavour. In the mouth (neat)  - spirity at the edges, numbing but also soft, brittle , fresh mouth watering. Balanced sweet /dry/ bitter, touch of salt
    . Very little if any oiliness.  Nice dram, well worth the modest price, perhaps suited to those exploring older style whiskies.

  10. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I have tried this whisky a couple of times now and it really depends on my mood if I just like it or I really like it. It’s a good whisky, it’s a shame that I bought only 1 bottle instead of 2, because this bottle certainly does not make it until the end of summer.
    • Nose
      Ahhh this is typical Clynelish, starting with beeswax. Lovely! Than followed by sweet tangerines and oranges. A little bit of saltiness and some dried fruit, probably by the ex-sherry cask. All very nice, as the dried fruit really works here, it’s quite an integrated nose. Do I smell mushrooms or some earthiness in there?
    • Taste
      A nice thick mouthfeel, it’s not particularly waxy, but just a good body. It’s a bit salty, followed by honey sweetness, and more of the tangerines. There is some nice lemon in there as well, which gives it just a little freshness. Than it becomes somewhat peppery. A touch of oak and a little bit of red fruits too.
    • Finish
      A nice mid-long finish. Salt and red fruits, and quite some lemon. And a hint of caramel and pepper.


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