Clynelish is the successor to the now-silent Brora, built opposite the original distillery and producing a top-quality rich, smoky dram. One of the best entry-level proprietary bottlings available from any distillery.
(£29.13 ex. VAT)
CountryScotlandRegionHighlandBottlerDistillery BottlingAge14 Year Old
A delightfully complex spicy and perfumed nose, with some floral and malty hints.
The palate is multi-layered too, with some slight citrus hints on a honey background with peat and delicious spices before a honey finish with a trace of brine.
Customer Reviews: (27 reviews)
An absolute cracker of a whisky. I can't add to the descriptions already put forward by previous satisfied customers, but I will say that this is a coastal beauty.
- Grant Melville, Falkirk, 14th Dec '12
Patience... Give this one a chance to 'open up'. When you get this one home, have a wee dram. Periodically over the next 6 months, have another to assess any changes. I found that its esters will eventually reveal themselves quite nicely. This one (like Dalwhinnie 15 and Glenmorangie Original) requires patience. Alas many a bottle has been consumed before its such time and a surprisingly quality whisky undiscovered.
- Lord of the Malt, 18th Nov '12
This is a delightful malt, more comparable to Oban than Genfiddich 15, i.e. a class above. Just a touch sweeter (yes, honey) and less salty on the finish, very classy. I cannot find a criticism at this price, but if I wanted to be picky, i'd say that the finish is a little short and (like Oban) I would have liked to taste it at higher strength, given it's smoothness the alcohol is barely noticeable.
- Tudval, 10th Aug '12
A good whisky to leave for waiting. Probably it's an autumn dram, smooth coastal malt for the smooth september.
- Tero max (whall.ru), 16th Jul '12
This is good but not as good as I expected; has a floral nose a rounded flavor and and doesn't burn to much going down. Very slight hint of smoke but honey?? nope. OK finish but didn't leave me wanting another. It's comparable to a Glenfiddich 15, not quite as smooth but a better initial taste. Maybe I'll try one of the 90's when I sober up.
- James D., 25th Jun '11
This has a sweet and inviting nose with hints of plumb. The body is smooth and warm, fading to a salty finish. My one complaint is that the finish is a little short.
- Danny Hughes, 25th Mar '11
A bold Northern Highland Single Malt with a unique mouthfeel. Honeyed and fruity, but also slightly smoky and packing more than a decent punch at the end. The "coastal" nature opens up nicely with a drop or two of water. While this 14yo is great for its age, I wish there were more reasonably priced official bottlings of Clynelish. 8 out of 10
- VM, 14th Feb '11
Really impressed by this, lovely briney, smooth sippin whisky, not one of those that burns its way down, this just glows and lights up your evening.
- Davepat, 23rd Jan '11
I think it smells like honey and citrus peel, tastes like buttery flower petals, and finishes a bit salty and smoky. This is such a nice introduction to scotch... It will be my go to bottle when my friends wise up and ask to know more about this fabulous hobby.
- Samuel, Northeast Indiana, USA, 14th Jan '11
I would agree with Mikko, Jason's, and others here, so I can't add a lot to what they've said on the specifics, (although I'm not getting the chocolate of Derek Wheeler's description). However, I can say this is an exceptional find. Shows a clean pair of heels to several better known (and much pricier) single malts.
- AJ Smith, 3rd Jan '11
A very nice waxy, full, fruity mouth feeling. The peat stays in background as a heavy artillery. The waxiness is a trademark of Clynelish. It's a very unique character, no longer seen in single malts today. In perfect strenght of 46 -% this is what single malts are really about.
- Mikko, 13th Dec '10
This is a fantastis single malt! Age statements are not necessarily indicative of quality and Clynelish 14yrs is proof of such a proposition. I'd put this up against many 18yr old single malts and there is not a shadow of a doubt that the Clynelish would come out on top!
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 23rd Oct '10
simply superb nothing else to say
- J.C.S, 28th Jul '10
Wake up Herr Botha and try and express yourself a bit better. Maybe some malts are too complex for you!
- alan evans - sidcup, 22nd Mar '10
The best recomendation for this is that this is a base for a JW Gold Label
- chandra manatta, 21st Mar '10
A fantastic single malt, the riot of flavours is just awesome - much better than the likes of MacAllan or Glenmorangie and other better "marketed" brands . Wish this could be made available at the duty free shops at Delhi, Bangalore and Bombay airports.
- Ashok Mathur, 5th Mar '10
There's a lot going on in this dram. A superb aroma as you take a sip, then the flavours race about your mouth one after another in quick succession. A slightly astringent quality hits your tongue as you swallow, leaving a warming finish of chocolate, peat and woodsmoke. Talk among yourselves; I'm off to get another...
- Derek Wheeler, 26th Feb '10
I read all of the above. Wierd mix, if you ask me. Honey, brine oranges, burst fruit, caramel, sea salt. For God's sake people. This is only a very good whiskey. Stop all these nonsense pompous descriptions which are only supposed to boost the ego of the taster!
- Herman Botha, 27th Dec '09
Classic Northern Coastal malt. Pale orange colour and full sea salt nose. Starts with touch of orangey sweetness and has a medium long finish of spicy pepper. A unique malt from a treasured distillery and a superb bargain at this price.
- trebor - kent, 16th Dec '09
Spicy, caramel scent with smooth overtones. Nice single that sips great!