Single malt whisky - tasting notes

11 Dec 2008

Clynelish 12y

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Clynelish

The first Clynelish distillery, built in 1819, was renamed Brora in 1969, shortly after a new plant was opened adjacent to the first one. The name Clynelish was then used for the new facilities, while the Brora plant was dismantled in 1983.

Clynelish 12y Gordon McPhailThis Clynelish 12y must have been distilled somewhere in the first half of the 1970’s. The name implies that it was made in the Clynelish II distillery, although the smoky taste is typical for Brora…

Clynelish 12y (57%, G&M 1980’s – Ainslie & Heilbron)

Nose: dried fruits (plums, raisins). Pine forest, resinous notes, wax, hints of mint as well (reminded me of a good Bourbon). Soft smoke. Absolutely superb. On the palate, there are burnt notes, slightly bitter chocolate, the sweet smoke again, and syrup (traditional Belgian apple and pear syrup from Liège). Wood and smoke keep getting stronger.

Really warm whisky, for a cold winter night. Bottled 25 years ago and genuinely “old style”, although it may not have a truly classic Clynelish (or Brora) profile. Frankly, I don’t care. It’s fabulous stuff and if I ever find this bottle somewhere, I’m buying it!

Well deserved 93/100.

Clynelish 12y 5 Ruben Luyten 2008-12-11
  • Andi

    I just found one of these in the my parents basement. Can you tell me how much it’s worth ? (I’m a student and don’t want to drink a whisky that costs more than one month rent of my apartment :-)).

    Sincerely yours,


  • WhiskyNotes

    Hi Andi, it’s worth around € 250. There’s also a version at 43% which is worth a bit less.

  • Andi

    Uiii thats a lot :-). Thank you for the quick reply.

  • Wesley

    If someone knows where I can buy this whisky. Please let me know. It is absolutely my favourite. Best I ever had.

  • Ruben

    They are occasionally seen in McTear’s or Bonham’s auctions. I suggest you keep an eye on as well.



October 2015
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  • WhiskyNotes: It looks like this will not be part of the official selection this year. Maybe an upcoming standalone release.

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