Clynelish 14 Years

The 14-year-old Clynelish was the first original bottling of the distillery under the "Hidden Malt" working title. Contemporary bottlings of Clynelish are just as intense but less smoky.

The 14-year-old Clynelish was the first original bottling of the distillery under the "Hidden Malt" working title. Contemporary bottlings of Clynelish are just as intense but less smoky.

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Scotland, Highlands
Single Malt Whisky
14 Years
0.7 l
Original bottling
Chill filtration - With Artifical colouring - With

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13. Dec 2017
Fruit Honey Sweet
Sweet Fruit Oak
wax Malt
sweet, smells full of fruitness adn taste a little wax in it, but spicy, add water may easy this spice.

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Light candle wax, with some sugar. A faint floral fragrance. Scented candle wax comes up with water. Dried flowers on a beach. Later, brown sugar.
Pleasant creamy mouthfeel; maritime generally.
Some salt, dryish yet an attractive, even slightly bitter finish.
10. Oct 2016
Known for its waxiness, Clynelish 14 is a Highland Single Malt primarily matured in ex-bourbon casks. Scotch mist gives an indication that it is non-chill filtered. Creamy honey, candle wax and lemon juice are prominent on the nose, while rich floral notes with a hint of peppermint lurk in the background. The arrival is warming and aromatic, unfolding a distinctly dry and oily character. Oak bitterness with a touch of salt dominates the medium length finish. Altogether, it is an engaging and intense malt that requires time and is not suitable as everyday dram.
RATING: 3.9/5.0 ≙ 87 pts
12. Feb 2019
Nosing: Honey Lemon
Fresh and fruity. Honey and lemon juice, I get a bit of that candle wax as well, probably wouldn't have put my finger on that so easily if someone else hadn't said it. It comes across as a sort of underlying cedar spiciness (turns almost briney with water).

Taste: Zitrus Spices Pepper
Intense, balanced arrival. Drying and mouth coating more general citrus notes. Spiciness and pepperiness bordering on bitter. Becomes more creamy and fruity (white fruit) with a drop of water.

Finish: Fruit Oak Spices
Medium to long residual fruitiness, oak comes through and spiciness continues. Remains very dry.

This is very much a character malt, and not one I would recommend to beginners. It is complex throughout, and needs time to open up and a drop of water to show itself at its best. The nose is very singular, I'd been told by a friend that it had a waxy smell to it, but I was a little unprepared for just how much so. The palate is quite chalanging without water, It definitely is bottled at the higher end of the abv range for its flavours, and benefits from a spot of water and time in the glass to open up. The finish is long and enjoyable either way and dry as a bone. This isn't something I would buy regularly, but I'll defintely keep some around for my friends to try. Engaging stuff at a very reasonable price.
03. Nov 2017
Sweet Tropical Fruit Pineapple Banana Lemon Apple
Vanilla Dried Fruit Tropical Fruit
4 stars for the tast, 5 stars for the value
11. Mar 2019

Comment: I liked this dram for it's sweetness nicely composed with pepper and spiciness. It is a nice dram. But for me nothing special, nothing characteristic. Quickly fading, spicy finish. Will not repeat this dram as there is a lot of whiskies like this one on the market, and a lot of better and more characteristic one in better price.
09. May 2016
05. Sep 2016
01. Oct 2015
Salt Lemon Sweet Floral
Sweet Oil Oak Malt Salt Alcohol Chili
Alcohol Malt Oak Chili Spices

09. Aug 2019
Nosing: Floral Lime Oak

Taste: Wheat Oil Caramel Salt Honey

Finish: Oak Coconut Strawberry Lemon

02. Jul 2017