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Clynelish 14 Year Old

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

15th Nov 2016


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I must say that this whisky does keep you waiting. So the best approach to Clynelish 14 is to give it time to open up in the bottle. It really does wonders.

NOSE: creamy toffee with fresh fruits, a hint o butane gas, salt, honey (sweet clover honey) with some spices and bees' wax. As it sits in the glass, you also get floral hints, big vanilla and citrus. Beautifully cream-coated nose.

TASTE: oily and fruity arrival which then burst into a lovely complex combination of sweet, sour and peppery flavors. It's like oily honey with black pepper. Vanilla and toffee again.

FINISH: caramel, creme brulee note and a remote hint of peat. At first the finish is abrupt, but the more you come back to this whisky, the better the finish gets.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: a very nice dram which needs time to open up. That being said, I know see why it's mainly used in Johnnie Walker blends - it's a very good carrier of flavors, a nice foundation. And, although, it's pretty good on its own and it shows decent complexity of flavor, I wouldn't buy another bottle.

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Alexsweden commented

Glad you liked it. I found this one a bit disappointing.

4 years ago 0

Georgy commented

@Alexsweden I perfectly understand why you would. This one needs a lot of time to relax and show what it's got.

4 years ago 0

mct commented

clynelish aka the fake brora

4 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

Alexsweden, I agree. I bought a bottle once and found it pretty boring, if solid.

I won't be buying another OB 14, but I will continue to pick up IBs if they look like good values for a solid "neutral scotch."

4 years ago 0

Georgy commented

I don't know about you, but after some time in a bottle, it transformed into a lovely complex and aromatic whisky with lots of fresh fruits, nice spice and a hint of peat. Can't get enough of it

4 years ago 0

jdnathan commented

I will be honest, I don't think it's boring at all, lovely light whisky, lots of light peat, a bit of butterscotch and caramel and a good all rounder - probably nothing more.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

Georgy commented

@jdnathan if you let it breathe for a few months, you're in for a treat ) it becomes much more interesting with time)

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Victor commented

@Georgy, so your reviewed bottle of Clynelish 14 yo has gone from an 84 to a 94 point whisky in 13 1/2 months? Very interesting.

I reviewed my one and only bottle of Clynelish 14 yo at 85 points nearly 7 years ago. It was OK, but there was a bitterness in the finish I didn't like. That bottle is still open, and still about half full. It has gotten much better, especially in the last 2 to 3 years, and the bitterness seems to have receded. It wouldn't currently make 94 points for me, but I would probably now score it about 88 points. It is very popular when I feature it at tastings.

3 years ago 0

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