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.
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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: (28 reviews)
I am not an established authority such as Jim Murray or Serge Valentin but I know my single malts and hence I am well aware of the very fact that Clynelish 14 is a fantastic dram with distinct personality and it is possibly the best value single malt in the 14 YO segment, along with The Arran 14, of course. Well done, Clynelish. Strongly recommended.
- Scotch fan, 23rd Sep '13
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.