Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Refill Sherry Butt & Refill Sherry Hogshead
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Map Label
Bottle code
29/11/16 161960
Added on
17 Feb 2017 8:21 pm by Astrid

Average value

€ 55.45

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 2004 GM

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.03 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  I am always interested in new Clynelish releases as this distillery usually produces above average drams.  So I am curious about this new G&M bottling and to make it more interesting I compare it head-to-head to an older one from 1996 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/44822/clynelish-1996-gm.

    Colour:  The 2004 is about one shade darker at old gold than the 1996 at jonquiripe corn.  The texture of the 2004 shows very slow legs and fat sticky tears what is basically the same as with the 1996 (by the way, a very fine oiliness).

    Nose:  The 2004 offers a delicate nose on fruity, barley and honey aromas with some hints of peat.  Subtle and without any flaw in a close-to-perfection mix.  The 1996's nose is much bolder with additional leathery and beeswax notes.  So the choice is between a perfect delicate and a bold somewhat "dirty" nose - this clearly depends on the mood you are in.  Pre-dinner I prefer the 2004 and the 1996 later in the evening.  I go for a draw.

    Initial mouthfeel:  The 2004 arrives instantly coating on the palate without any distracting moment at all.  The 1996 is about the same with some minor peppery feelings.  Again I go for a draw.

    Taste:  The 2004 has a very complex profile that is elegant and multi-layered.  It is perfectly balanced and very, very delicious (except you prefer the "punch the flavours in your mouth" profiles).  I can literally explore such a taste for hours and it is really flabbergasting to experience such a complex profile in a 12-years old.  The 1996 owns a more "punchier" profile on cooked fruits, barley sugars and chocolate notes.  But the 2004 is truly outstanding "lecker" (delicious) and dangerously quaffable - so it takes this round easily.

    Finish:  The 2004 simply extends the fantastic taste into a long finish without any off-note or distracting moment.  Simply great!  The 1996 adds more spicy wooden notes to the finish that are very welcomed but it is much simplier than that of the 2004.  Again, the 2004 takes this round.

    Water is not needed on both drams - they are best at the offered drinking strength of 46% abv.

    This 2004 G&M bottling is a nice surprise and one of the purest and most delicate drams I had since years.  It is absolutely faultless (to me) and a great example to experience a Scotch whisky that is perfectly produced.  Congrats to the Clynelish staff on that!  And if you adore such delicate and subtle drams like I do - go for it.  You still find it for small bucks at many shops - it is a bargain, I promise!

    PS:  All the lovers of the modern designed "punchy" whisky styles should shy away from this bottling, there is neither an "oompf" nor an obvious "WOW" effect in this bottling besides its elegance and perfection...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I have not disappointed yet Clynelish. This also not. Not overly complex and you also have to pass the vanilla to get a typical Clynelish in the nose, but the taste and finish are absolute top class for the price.
    • Nose
      Lots of vanilla, pleasant but distinct oak, more and more citrus notes and mineral notes, maybe some orange juice
    • Taste
      Again, first creamy vanilla, lots of pressure, but not from the alcohol, just very punchy and oral, very mineral and a lot of citrus fruit
    • Finish
      The pressure continues and remains really long around the mouth, the citrus notes are always over with

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Mango, hazelnut, honey, vanilla and orange. If there was fully unpeated Springbank, it could smell like this.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Waxy honey. Mango, orange and hazelnut.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peach, vanilla, honey, orange and hazelnut.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Clean, sharp, very enjoyable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Citrus, lemony, stones
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily creamy, more citrus, limestones, punchy
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warm

  5. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Jordanite scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    It is not often that hs305 scores an affordable whisky 90+ points, so I had to try it. Serge suggested that this wasn't waxy, however to me this G&M Clynelish is characterised from nose to finish by a delicious beeswax note. The sherry cask maturation is restrained, providing both nose and taste with nice creaminess, some soft sultanas and perhaps even some chocolate. The nose also has notes of lime that turns more lemony on the palate. The mouthfeel of this whisky is exemplary, tangibly expanding to coat the palate. The 46% strength is just nice for me with no alcohol burn. The finish continues with more beeswax, lemon and a little vanilla. A very moreish whisky indeed!

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In itself, the smells and tastes are not very special, you come across a lot. Yet it is noticeable here that it is very pleasant, full and yet very soft, without being watery. Very tasty.
    • Nose
      Pretty prominent alcohol, vanilla, citrus, orange and honey. Not very special, but very full and tasty.
    • Taste
      Very soft and full, fruity and sweet, vanilla. Very smooth. Honey too, and a little bit of citrus.
    • Finish
      Lightly tingling now, sweet, vanilla, honey. Wood tones too. Later very softly.

  9. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A good combination of Clynelish and some refill sherry. The sherry is not to dominant. Both get are well intermeshed, nothing is predominant. When you like Clynelish you can't go wrong with this.Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Oily mustard barley (layered from the sherry), orages, ripe apples, marzipan, vanilla, some red and yellow fruits, blood orange and plums in the mix with some jam.
    • Taste
      Oily mustard barley (layered from the sherry), citrus fruits (oranges), dried red fruits, apples, fruits in the mix with some chocolate, some salt.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Salt, blood oranges, some dried red fruits, oak.


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