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Clynelish 14 Year Old

(70cl, 46.0%)
Clynelish 14 Year Old

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Clynelish 14 Bottling Note

This is a superb example of what Clynelish can produce even at younger age. The balance is sublime and the mouthfeel is perfectly rounded. A great 14 year old Highland malt, quite coastal too.
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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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    User Reviews of the Clynelish 14 Year Old

    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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