Review: Clynelish 20 Year Old 1995 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (A Rare Find; Gleann Mor) / by Jason Hambrey

20 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Clynelish (Brora, Scotland)

Another independent bottling of Clynelish by the independent bottler Gleann Mor.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: Cask 11308

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date:2015

Oak, leather, caramel truffles, milk chocolate, lightly waxy – and yet with a good dose of creaminess. Quite brilliant. Sitting above it all, there is some light grape and green mulberry as well. Very rich and elegant.

On the palate, creamy, nutty, chocolate-y, and lightly waxy. Phenomenal. Oak and vanilla weave their way in and out, and the feel of the whisky is terrific. It also has a fair bit of marshy corn, vanilla, and coconut. Finishes with beeswax, mixed nut brittle, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and light tannin. Lightly creamy too. I don’t know the casking of this, but from the colour and taste I would guess a first-fill bourbon cask. Of whiskies that I have tasted this year, this is among the top. The only thing it has going against it is that the tannins are a bit too much (coming from someone who loves tannin!). It’s not unpleasable, but it does throw the balance off a bit, and knocks it from a 92 to a 91. Still, a wow whisky.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, at $252.