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Clynelish 14 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Clynelish 14 Year Old

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Clynelish 14 Bottling Note

A coastal and peaty single malt, the flagship expression from Clynelish boasts a fabulous flavour profile filled with its distinctive waxy notes. Clynelish is the successor to Brora which closed in 1983, which it is built opposite. A well rounded Highlander, though this expression is a bit less peaty than the Brora bottlings of yore.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Clynelish 14 Year Old Reviews

Well worth the money.

A superb malt a world beater at this price.

10th November 2020

A favorite here at Bob's Bar.

Wonderful malt from an excellent distillery. Visited a few years ago. Across the way Brora still stands, hauntingly beautiful.

4th October 2020


Wonderful. Everything I like in a Great Scotch

12th September 2020

Not Disappointed!

I recently purchased a bottle of Clynelish 14 year old after reading several glittering reviews. I was not disappointed! This whisky has shot into my top 5 and is a steal for its age. If you are a fan of Old Pulteney this is a must try.

8th July 2020

10 to Springbank is far more interesting and $10 less !

Just tried this based on a Ralfi review. Not dissatisfied but not quite as good as I expected. Also watched several other reviews and all mentioned a great balance of sweetness, deep fruit, caramel etc and the right balance of peat. But I'm not noticing any peat at all. Reminds me more of a 12 yo Bunnahabhain. Even with the addition of water it's still not bringing up anything that interesting for the price. $ 75.oo here in Florida. Hoping it develops in the bottle as the oxygen works.

20th June 2020

Yes yes yes!

One of my favourites, really a great whisky. Complex and interesting, for some reason it seems to have changed character a bit every time I come back to it. But always very very good though.

The rich and full mouthfeel is simply amazing.

Highly recommended.

21st May 2020


I absolutely love this; as a previous poster said it did decline a little and there were a couple of patchy batches, but it’s back on form now. In my opinion it puts some whiskies twice its price or more to shame!

16th May 2020

Did I get a bad bottle?

To me this tastes like a cherry liquor sweet, but the cherry is too ripe and nearing rotten. Some acidity, a little oak, maybe some orange but just a flicker in the distance. No peat at all.
Of all the whiskies I tried (maybe 30 or 40 at this point) if I have to point my least favourite, this would probably be it.

3rd February 2020

Simply lovely

I like this ,far too much!
We all have different tastes but in my opinion a great mid point whisky, not as gentle as a typical speyside nor as big as a typical Island offering.
Well worth a try

31st January 2020

Clynelish is doing a lot of things right!

This is a fine single malt, complex, intense and full, with a subtle dry finish. On top of that it is uncoloured, not filtered and bottled at 46%, which is starting to be rare for a standard bottling. For all these reasons I commend Clynelish and support them with my purchases!

28th January 2020

The best malt i've tasted in my short time buying single malts

in the last year i've started buying and trying differents malts going from Glenfiddich 12, Glenmorangie 10,Caol ila 12,Talisker 10, Aberlour 12 double cask matured, Ardbeg 10, Singleton of dufftown and this one Clynelish 14. Simply is the best one in my opinion is that good that after trying the first glass i had to buy another bottle for the future.

27th December 2019

One of my favourites

Very tasty dram. After a few weeks of being opened the flavours developed beautifully to a smooth and distinctive character. Easy drinking and a perfect cracker for beginners.

9th October 2019

Still one of mt desert island drams

I've enjoyed this whisky for many years and opened up my new bottle last evening and loved every drop. I really like the perfumy, spicy finish which lingers long. it's smooth,too, even at 46% but a dribble of water sweetens it somewhat. Would be 5 stars if it were non-chillfiltered and without the added colour.

20th September 2019

Good but Missing something

It misses out on the finish that is very short. Overall, I like Clynelish 14 ,but like so many other Diageo brands, it has been allowed to deteriorate and was much better 4 years ago. Quality, Quality, Quality, that's all we want.

13th September 2019

Too waxy. Unpleasant short-lived aftertaste.

Not overly impressed with this scotch. I generally like a peatier flavor. This whisky has an aftertaste that I can't quite place... almost like the taste left in one's mouth after taking penicillin pills. Too waxy for me.

27th August 2019


I'm too drunk to describe. Best I can do is it's similar to Kilkerran 12, which is my favorite dram.

18th May 2019


A once truly wonderful experience has been in decline for the last few years. The orchard fruits are there, as is the spice, but the last couple of bottles I have had have been a little hot and the waxiness has disappeared - which used to be Clynelish’s signature. Perhaps I tried a bad batch or perhaps as the whisky has become more popular, margins are being squeezed. A good bottle is superb and I wish you all the best in locating them.

7th April 2019

Recommend it

Up front peaty smoke with smooth even finish but slightly short. Oily back end.
Delicious Scotch great price point.

7th January 2019

Mild but somehow smokey. Oily but exploding with flavors.

Oh wow. Am mostly in to sherry bombs. But wanted something different and tried 14. And I must say I will always have a bottle hidden somewhere. Great for its price!!!

24th December 2018

Great for blending

The guy below who mentioned this being good for home made blends is bang on the money. Goes beautifully with Aberlour A'Bunadh. I tried the same with Bowmore 12 and it was a salty sherry mess. This is a good whisky on its own, but definitely lends itself well to blending. Ardbeg mix worked well too.

30th November 2018

The Waxmaster

Plenty of taste and smell plus waxy, oily coastal excellence in spades. If only the finish were a bit longer it would be my No. 1 Whisky regardless of price and age at the moment.

28th November 2018


Delicious, high in degrees and delicate flavours.

21st October 2018

Excellent balance

Great bottle of whisky. A very good easy drinking scotch that has great character traits.

16th September 2018

Best in show for the price

The second bottle and bought as a Christmas dram. Absolute quality but Ross will probably want a dash of coke in his!

24th July 2018

Toffee, dried fruit, spicy, pepper

As im more of a bourbon drinker but wanted to buy a scotch (was in scotland at the time) i was pointed to this. It does not disappoint! Sweet toffee to start then rounds into dried orange, almost mincemeat-y middle. The finish is slightly smokey, almost peppery and lingers nicely without being too savage. This is one smooth cat 😉

28th June 2018


My all time favorite non-peated whisky. Rich and malty with a lovely salty note. Almost like a salted caramel. Absolutely delicious!

18th June 2018

Good for a young lass

It’s all about the finish. Like the cat on the label for me it is a bit rough. By that I mean it finishes a bit on the bitter side. That being said it is only 14 so for the price it holds up well. If you drink it neat you may want to look for something a tad more mature. Of course everyone’s taste are unique so by all means have at her.

28th May 2018

Brilliant for blending.

WAXY - no other whisky quite like it. As a single malt it's 'nice' but kinda monotonous - but it is absolutely superb for adding to home made blends where it adds body, fantastic length and a rounded mouthfeel. Try it with a splash of Caol Isla (or Ardbeg etc) and you get a glass that is MUCH better than either single malt.

On it's own it is still very good, but it does need something 'more' to fill it out.

Oh... if you are a marketing stooge for Diago (they write most of the reviews here) I suggest you talk about the picture of the wildcat on the label.

21st April 2018

Love it

ok people, listen up, this is a lovely whisky, great mouthfeel, what does that mean ? It means the opposite of watery. It is thick in your mouth. Sweet. Smooth. Very similar to Aberfeldy 18 and of course Dewar's 15. My kind of whisky. Sweet, thick, not smokey.

11th April 2018

Don't buy it so I can have more

Fantastic stuff. Ima buy 6 more bottles to stash up.

11th April 2018


You honestly won't get a better single malt for this price. Buy it now and enjoy!

3rd February 2018


Best unpeated yet

22nd January 2018


This is a good one, bought it 4 months ago but didn't fully appreciate it. Lovely flavours..nice with a little water too. Really quite complex for a 14 yr old. Great value and truly wonderful flavours!😎

31st December 2017

Not chill filtered

This isn't chill filtered or if it is only very slightly. Clear scotch mist in the glass when you add water and give it time.

Excellent whisky. Diageo have clearly seen that this isn't a whisky to sell to the international market and more of a whisky connoisseur's single malt and have made it a craft whisky. 46% non chill filtered, natural colour. It is much improved on the bottle I had 5 years ago.

12th December 2017

The Coastal Highland Wildcat

Punchy (add some drops of water) yet light, fruity and slightly briney, nicely oily and a whiff of smoke. Finish is (too) short given its palate for my taste. At the current quality a cracking whisky and a bargain for what it is at ~35€ in NL. Keep it like this please (or evolve it just slightly) Clynelish!

20th October 2017


For the below commenter... Whisky that Compass Box gets for their blends would come from if not in the cask and unaltered.

3rd September 2017

@ Finish!?

Are you sure this is chill filtered and coloured with caramel? After adding water it turns cloudy, suggesting it's non-chill filtered and the colour is a very pale golden yellow, suggesting that no colour is added.

Compass Box use Clynelish in their blends and they claim to never use whisky that is coloured or chill filtered.

Either way, it's a very fine whisky for the money, not too dissimilar to Old Pulteney 17, which I think is better, but costs £30 more.

24th August 2017

Excellent and different

Sea salt, citrus and light smoke

5th July 2017


A good dram overall.
I find it rather inoffensive. All rather pleasant. The nose has a strong alcohol hit with hints of orange. This quickly develops into a pleasant waxiness. Coating the mouth is coastal saltiness, which entinces the drinker to have one more sip!
The old rubbing a splash on the palm of your hand trick reveals next to no scent and I can understand why this is used as the base for Johnny Walker's blends.

I do think this is a malt that lends itself to small splash of water to open up the flavours, which leads to a warm creaminess on the palate.
Definitely value for money at £37.

21st June 2017

Bang for your buck

One of the best 14 year old whiskies one can buy. At a very reasonable price as well.

31st May 2017

Good finish

Been eyeing this for a while and finally decided to grab it. Needs a little water to cut the bite (seems younger than it is) but you get a really pronounced coconut in the finish when you do this. Pretty good overall but the finish is the best part.

7th March 2017

Heavenly temptation

I cannot believe I've waited so long to try this whisky. It has perfect balance and mouthfeel. Waxed leather, orange peel and sugary orange butter cake, soaked with cinnamon and scotch! An absolute MUST try for all whisky lovers. Absolutely sublime smoke. How on earth can they use this for blends when it is so perfect on its own??

25th February 2017

A great dram

Very enjoyable.

21st October 2016


This is a great 46% ABV Non Chill-Filtered Whisky. Very fresh, when you get tired of sherried sweet whisky.

20th July 2016

A good dram to enjoy

Very good 14 YO. Honey on the nose... after a splash, brought out the zesty bitterness flavour that lingers on your tongue.

11th May 2016

An interesting one for sure!

A very distinctive single malt.
Sweet and heathery on the nose, a bit of a salty taste to it and some definitely strong wood influence- wax, leather, oaky bitterness and some tang, but overall very pleasant because it is accommodated by the sweeter malt taste, and adds complexity to that.
Some flower and grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish.

8th May 2016

Very hood

Surprised to be surprised. This is very high quality.

1st May 2016

Getting better

Tasted it recently. Far better than it was a few years back when it became a Speyside wannabe with a wretched perfumey stench on the nose. I hope to see Clyne returning to its farmy and smoky roots in the tradition of the old young Broras. I bought a 15 year exclusive cask from creative that was quite rugged farmy, smoky and complex. If the OB could even get half way back into that place then it would be worth the money for sure.

15th February 2016


This might be my new favorite coastal highland. Reminds me of Oban 14 but slightly smokier and more coastal. It's not as smooth as Oban but its stronger so for me that's a plus and it just has more flavor than Oban. One of my new favorites for sure. The Sugarbear

25th December 2015


My all time favourite

15th December 2015

My goodness

All time favourite despite me being a massive peat-head. This is so subtle and gentle, you have to look for every single flavour (which are a lot) or you just cannot look at all and let the dram cuddle your senses.
Waxy nose with zesty and marine notes, a gentle arrival which developes in intrigued sensations of fruit bouquets and leathery notes. The finish is an north highlands' typical, with a lovely final hint of milk cream.

17th November 2015

Surprisingly salty finish

Bought this on a whim but most likely overpaid a bit at $63 U.S. The salty finish was something I didn't anticipate, and was surprised by how much I liked it. A solid sweet and salty dram.

29th July 2015

Two Thumbs Up!

(Oh, wait) I have to set down this delicious dram of Clynelish 14 first. From a neat pour, the nose is slightly muddled at first; the orange tang is most prominent with some salt and smoke, and a hint of melted butter. After it opened up, I found more creamier notes like crème brulee and mixed berries and whipped cream. The palate is beautiful! Light, clean, and delightfully delicate with soft oaky citrus notes that trail into a glorious finish of smoked salt and dark cocoa. Downside? There is a faint soapiness in the palate, but you really have to look for it.

A previous review stated color is added and it's chill filtered. Perhaps this would make a more interesting dram if color wasn't added and it was un-chill filtered. While I also like to see these statements on a bottle I'm drinking from, I must admit, it's not turning me away from this Clynelish!

23rd February 2015



6th January 2015

clynelish 14 old

Stunning.why you may ask.brought in Cambodia, cheaper than tap water tastes like Evian.

21st December 2014

just one ice cube

Let one ice cube melt in a generous tot. Then taste it and smell the mixture of aromas. Don't describe Clynelish 14 year old whisky. Just enjoy it and pour another.

7th October 2014

An overlooked gem

This entry-level Clynelish holds its own in comparison to even the most fancy Clynelishes. I have tasted dozens of Clynelishes, and currently have a dozen open bottles of Clynelish, and yet I always return to the 14 yo with great pleasure.

3rd October 2014

New Favorite

I really wanted something different and I am so glad I selected this scotch. I love the salt and brine in the profile. Also, I got some intermittent smoke and a great warmth. Fantastic!!!

18th June 2014

A great surprise

Hard to place as it is a mix of so many lovely flavours and influences. Not as well known or celebrated as many brands, but well worth investigating. Dry, fruity and warming.

5th June 2014

An fascinating discovery

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

A Christmas Present

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

Delightful find.

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

£35.....are you sure???

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

Clynelish 14

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

George - Clynelish 14

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

@ Perhaps a stupid question

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

Perhaps a stupid question

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

The best of the best!

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

Bonnie Broran

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

A learning tool

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

Good Stuff!

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

Beautiful Whisky

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

Tyne Rider

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

Not sure what to make of this

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

Good smell, mediocre overall

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

Mustard finish

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

A base for theJW Gold Label

Very classy whisky! Orangy&smokey in the nose, oily in the palate, a terrific, long finish

3rd April 2010

Coastal Tang!

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

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