What's in a name? Clynelish 14 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Clynelish 14 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Zesty, mandarin, tangerine. Smoky.
Palate: Quite light, great clarity. Orange, soft acidity. Dry oak. Mixed fruits, vanilla, leather.
Finish: Quite long, bitter sweetness developing, spicy oak.
An interesting nose in that you can pick out all sorts. Have a whiff and you get a note, have another whiff and you find something else. Very complex on the nose. On the palate I immediately get creaminess and a lovely mouth-feel. It's oily, briney, orange peel, cedarwood and some kind of green ginger/galangal thing going on too. I did think the finish was pretty short though, in comparison to say Caol Ila 12 and Bunnahabain 12 - both of which love. Clynelish 14 is quality stuff though and probably not one of the more immediate ones that jump out from the shelf. Well worth a go.
1st February 2014
My mother is a lover of certain types of alcohol, especially malt whiskey. My dad would drink anything that has a percentage but my mother is more refined. She used to get bottles of whiskey from obscure places when my brother was working all over Scotland, so I needed to find a good one for their Christmas present. I noticed a regular comment about Clynelish being the base of the green label. Hence the purchase and the seal of approval by my mother.
11th January 2014
At USD $50, it's an excellent value -- and a lucky selection among dozens
of I-never-heard-o-that-one bottles in a Wilmington, Delaware wine shop.
Now, I'm even more determined to taste every never-heard-of-that-one
offering of distilled cold barley soup from north of the Tweed. Well done!
So many distillers, so little time.
18th December 2013
An excellent malt, especially at this price. Upon trying this on a blind taste test , I guessed it was highland and coastal, and this is all assertained through the nose. The taste is somewhat salty, and i totally appreciate the leather comments. But the flavours go on and on, which is special in a 14 year old. Well balanced yet bold, this is certainly a malt that you would price at £70 plus.
14th December 2013
Reminds me of coriander; not an easy whisky that some will love and some will hate. It all evolves around that that one big taste on your pallet: soap... love it!
29th July 2013
really interesting and unusual this one; marriage of highland and coast producing something fantastic, and a really surprising joy. Nose: Citrus peel and leather, candles and a briny peat. Palate: Clean and firm, really rounded feel of citrus fruits oak and leather, with that mandarin note really developing. Dry, and bitter-sweet, with a hint of dark chocolate and mixed spice. Subtle hint of vanilla. Finish: Long and balanced, gentle peat and salt spray with a real bitter-sweet spiciness. Citrus flavours throughout - mandarin readily apparent with soft leather and charred oak.
18th April 2013
The short answer should be no. Clynelish was only built in 1967 whilst Brora (which was originally called Clynelish just to complicate matters) dates back to the 19th century but is best known for its heavily peated output in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
That said, you will rightly find similar tasting notes between many Clynelish releases and bottlings of Brora, especially the less peated ones. These will be citrus notes as well as coastal brine and even smoke. So not a stupid question at all.
- The Chaps at Master of Malt
15th April 2013
I'll ask anyway. Much is made of the proximity of the Clynelish distillery to Brora, but does the similarity extend to the whisky itself?
13th April 2013
I discovered Clynelish 14 year old just a couple of days ago and having tried it alongside a selection of my other favourites this one is top of the list. So pleased to have found it, in my opinion there is just nothing that comes close to it.
2nd April 2013
Nose: Swirling light smokiness and warm citrus framed in a suede leather oakiness with threads of vanilla.
Taste: a bold citrus and saltiness warming in a comforting smokiness with notes of candied tangerines.
Finish: a long dry, light smokiness with a maritime saltiness parting with a soft oak and treacle treat.
24th March 2013
Nose, mouthfeel, arrival, developement; all great!
But then you swallow and it theres just... not so much.
Too bad, without the caramel and chill filtration it would be better I think. Why not just leave it out? Its already at a firm 46%
I´m gonna search for an independent botteling of this. Cheers!
9th March 2013
This is the whisky that taught me just how good Single Malt Scotch can be! Being from the US, most of my friends do not appreciate good whisky, mostly because they have never really tried any. One taste of Clynelish 14 yr old and they (like me) come to understand that there is a whole world of whisky worth exploring.
13th February 2013
A very interesting and complex whisky at a bargain price considering it's bottled at 46%! I would say it tastes of caramel, salt, oranges and smoke. Notably fairly similar to some other maritime highland malts like Oban, but much MUCH better.
If you like it I really suggest checking out Compass Box's blends as a lot of them are based on Clynelish.
1st December 2012
I think the standard 14 yo Clynelish is like a hidden treasure. No one knows how good it is so I get to buy it inexpensively and enjoy the heck out of it. Shhhhh, let's keep this one to ourselves.
9th September 2012
Having married a Brora Lass and having a Father in Law who worked in the Distillery, I can only say that it is the "best of the best" and has been
as long as I've known it and that's some time. I've tried many others in my time but I always came back to this one. The above despriptions are as accurate as ever and the price here is supurb. I'll be visiting again soon and hope to get to the distillery and the shop while I'm there. Enjoy ! !
6th August 2012
Clynelish is a bit of an acquired taste for me - I don't think its flavour profile (similar to Oban) suits my palate particularly. It's interesting nonetheless.
22nd June 2012
mediocre ... my arse! this is top drawer malt in its class/vintage. light but fruity and spicey
11th May 2012
A promising aroma of lacquer, appricots and peach. Sour-sweety spirit on a lacquer and partly flowery background gives a light warming effict, short aftertaste of the same kind ends with a hint of wood.
7th May 2012
4th April 2012
Difficult to classify - interesting and doesnt conform to a generic 'type'. Definitely smooth, dry, spicy tangerines and smoke. Long finish that hints at autumn bonfires, and I'd also agree to 'mustard'. I couldnt detect vanilla or american oak. Must have another glass, but jury is still out.
10th December 2011
Simply excellent just purchased 2nd bottle. As good as the most famous malts actually I think it's better I've only just discovered it too!
15th November 2011
Very classy whisky! Orangy&smokey in the nose, oily in the palate, a terrific, long finish
3rd April 2010
A superb Northern Coastal malt! Pale orange colour and full sea salt nose. Great first taste Orange spice then peppery seaweed long finish. A magnificent malt and amazing value at this price.
16th December 2009