Clynelish 14 Year Old

70cl / 46%
  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Clynelish 14 Year Old
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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.
Distillery Bottling
14 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Heather Heather
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Brine Brine
  • Honey Honey
  • Wax Wax

Clynelish 14 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    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.

30 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    23 June 2015

    Very complex exceptionaly crafted single malt although its only 14 years old. In the nose salty and floral, the taste is a burst of saltiness with spices and of course young flowers combined with a hint of smoke a hint of peach/green apple skin and a bit of bitter wax. Aftertaste kinda medium. A trully great single malt.

  • 18 March 2014

    Well worth the price. Just something different and quite interesting about it. Quite light, not too full bodied but plenty going on in your mouth. Would have another bottle.

  • 23 September 2013

    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.

  • 14 December 2012

    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.

  • 18 November 2012

    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.

  • 10 August 2012

    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.

  • 16 July 2012

    A good whisky to leave for waiting. Probably it's an autumn dram, smooth coastal malt for the smooth september.

  • 25 June 2011

    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.

  • 25 March 2011

    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.

  • 14 February 2011

    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

  • 23 January 2011

    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.

  • 14 January 2011

    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.

  • 3 January 2011

    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.

  • 13 December 2010

    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.

  • 23 October 2010

    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!

  • 28 July 2010

    simply superb nothing else to say

  • 22 March 2010

    Wake up Herr Botha and try and express yourself a bit better. Maybe some malts are too complex for you!

  • 21 March 2010

    The best recomendation for this is that this is a base for a JW Gold Label

  • 5 March 2010

    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.

  • 26 February 2010

    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...

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