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Clynelish whisky reviews

Clynelish distillery
Northern Highlands region
Founded in 1967, currently active
Owned by Diageo
www.malts.com

Clynelish 12y (57%, G&M 1980’s – Ainslie & Heilbron) – 93/100

Clynelish 16yo 1992 (46%, SMOS 2009, cask #5871, 293 btl.) – 85/100

Clynelish 17 yo 1996 (53,3%, The Whiskyman ‘Age Matters’ 2013) – 85/100

Clynelish 31 yo 1972 (57,8%, SMWS 2004, 26.33) – 92/100

Clynelish 38 yo 1972 (46,2%, Whisky-Fässle 2010) – 91/100

Clynelish 33 yo 1973 (54,5%, Signatory Vintage 2007, refill butt #8915, 399 btl.) – 92/100

Clynelish 27 yo 1974 (55,7%, Signatory Vintage 2001, cask #2570, 229 btl.) – 93/100

Clynelish 32 yo 1974 (58,6%, The Whisky Fair 2006, bourbon hogshead, 266 btl.) – 94/100

Clynelish 27 yo 1982 (51,5%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask #5895, 263 btl.) – 91/100

Clynelish 28 yo 1982 (53,7%, Malts of Scotland 2011, MoS 11015, 275 btl.) – 91/100

Clynelish 28 yo 1982 (43,1%, Single Malts of Scotland 2011, hogshead #3985, 175 btl.) – 89/100

Clynelish 27 yo 1982 (53,9%, Whisky Agency 2009, 240 btl.) – 90/100

Clynelish 22 yo 1989 (53,2%, Malts of Scotland 2012, bourbon hogshead MoS 12012, 235 btl.) – 91/100

Clynelish 22yo 1989 (52,5%, The First Editions 2012, refill bourbon hogshead, ref. ES 009/02, 241 btl.) – 90/100

Clynelish 22 yo 1989 (53,5%, Thosop 2012, bourbon barrel, 138 btl.) – 92/100

Clynelish 22 yo 1989 (50,9%, The Whisky Agency ‘Moody Lions’ 2011, ex-bourbon cask, 267 btl.) – 91/100

Clynelish 16 yo 1991 (46%, High Spirits 2008, Valentino Zagatti’s Personal Choice) – 79/100

Clynelish 21 yo 1992 (51,6%, Cadenhead Small Batch 2014, bourbon hogsheads, 792 btl.) – 90/100

Clynelish 15 yo 1995 (52,7%, Nectar of the Daily Drams for Germany 2010, ex-bourbon) – 86/100

Clynelish 14 yo 1995 (46%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2010) – 87/100

Clynelish 12yo 1996 (58,1%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #8245, 304 btl.) – 90/100

Clynelish 18 yo 1996 (50,4%, The Whisky Agency 2014, refill hogshead, 304 btl., Taiwan) – 90/100

Clynelish 14 yo 1997 (53,9%, Archives 2011, bourbon hogshead #4634, 160 btl.) – 85/100

Clynelish 1997 (53,3%, Liquid Art 2014, 132 btl.) – 90/100
Clynelish 1997 (50,9%, The Whisky Mercenary for Cask Six 10th Anniversary 2014) – 90/100
Clynelish 1997 (52,4%, Maltbarn 2014, bourbon cask, 166 btl.) – 90/100

Clynelish 16 yo 1997 (52,6%, Liquid Library 2013, refill hogshead, 129 btl.) – 88/100

Clynelish 1997 (55,7%, The Bonding Dram 2012, hogshead #5733) – 90/100

Clynelish 13 yo 1997 (48,9%, The Whisky Fair 2011, bourbon hogshead, 170 btl.) – 86/100

Clynelish 14 yo 1997 ‘All you need is whisky’ (50,5%, The Whiskyman 2011, ex-bourbon, 160 btl.) – 89/100

Clynelish 15 yo 1997 (53,5%, The Whiskyman 2012, refill sherry hogshead, 180 btl.) – 89/100

Clynelish 1997 ‘Cayenne Cocoa Bean’ (46%, Wemyss Malts 2014, hogshead, 373 btl.) – 86/100

Clynelish 15 yo 1997 (53,5%, Whisky in Leiden 2012, refill sherry hogshead, 180 btl.) – 89/100

Clynelish 13yo 1998 (51,7%, The Whisky Agency ‘Liquid Library’ 2011, ex-bourbon hogshead, 214 btl.) – 83/100

Clynelish 14 yo 1998 (49,5%, Maltbarn 2012, bourbon barrel, 123 btl.) – 88/100

Clynelish 37 yo (46%, The Whisky Exchange 10th Anniversary 2009) – 92/100

Clynelish Select Reserve (54,9%, OB 2014, Special Release, 2964 btl.) – 90/100

Canto Cask 36 (54,3%, Compass Box for Bresser & Timmer, 2007, 257 btl.) – 85/100
Blend of Clynelish, Dailuaine and Teaninich.

Clynelish ‘Synch Elli’ 27yo 1982 (46%, Daily Dram 2009) – 89/100

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  • Basidium: I am partial to the Glencairn Crystal Canadian Whisky Glass as it is closer to what I am used to in a standard whiskey tumbler. It still narrows the t
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1817 notes by Ruben

WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.