Single malt whisky - tasting notes

04 Feb 2013

Clynelish 1973 (Signatory cask #8915)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Clynelish

Funny how I sometimes decide which whisky to review next. While thinking about a system to organize my samples, I noticed a small crack in the stopper of this sample. Although the safety closure was rather intact, it’s probably better to try it right away.

 

Clynelish 1973 SV 8915Clynelish 33 yo 1973
(54,5%, Signatory Vintage 2007, refill butt #8915, 399 btl.)

Nose: juicy and quite direct, with lots of citrus notes (clementines, warm oranges, fresher lemons) and plenty of mint. A bit of wet gravel and hay. Nice beeswax and pollen. Dandelions. There’s also a tiny bit of farminess in the background, which reminded me of the Clynelish 1974 for The Whisky Fair. Pretty great. Mouth: nice balance of juicy fruits (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple on syrup) and honey with a more pronounced earthy / peaty edge. Mint again. Mustard seed. A grassy / oaky bitterness in the end. Finish: long, staying right in between the fruits and the mineral sharpness.

Excellent stuff, another mix of Clynelish and Brora characteristics. Originally around € 100. Now easily € 250 and more in auctions.

Score: 92/100

Clynelish 1973 (Signatory cask #8915) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-02-04
  • bpoujol

    This Clynelish is very good.
    The C#8914 by Signatory Vintage (CS collection) is very similar and close.
    93pts each in mybook.

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