Clynelish 1996 WN

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
WhiskyNerds (WN)
Stated Age
24 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Apr 2021 6:01 pm by Whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 449.95

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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1996 WN

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.58 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Truly a very good whisky and certainly in the upper ranges of what this vintage (and others from the mid-1990s) generally has to offer.
    • Nose
      After a quick mineral hit this becomes quite a fruity example of mid-90s Clynelish. Some pureed bananas, quinces, pineapple and honey with a hint of vanilla cake. Just a touch of cumin as well. There's the obligatory candle wax, but I've come across much waxier Clynelish. That's not a bad thing though. Lovely stuff and actually a tad fresher than my notes might suggest.
    • Taste
      A creamy (dare we say waxy) mouthfeel. Some gentle spices on the arrival with white pepper and ginger, but the fruity theme continues. More bananas, white grapes, dense kiwi and pickled lemon, but also honey and a touch of fudge. Just a hint of walnuts. The tiniest pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      Lingering notes of beeswax, plaster and grass, but also apple juice.

  2. Segens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I have been asked by Whiskybase to remove my previous rating as the bottle was not officially released some weeks ago and it looked a bit odd. Nevertheless I was able to try this one next to other Clynelish 1996 end of last year and I can only re-confirm that this is an absolute stunner and fruit bomb. For me slightly better than the Koi Series WID:174595 and on the same level than the Clans WID:172849 - if I would have to chose between the 3 I would go for the Clans as it is slightly more balanced (we talk about inches here.. )

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Waxy, custard cream and Uber fruity great selection from the Nerds

  4. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Clynelish 1996 distilled in June of that year. That may explain the summery smells in the glass. First some yellow fruit, ripe bananas, then a tropical touch of pineapple and mango. Honey and the typical beeswax of course, but much fresher than the sometimes "thick" domination that you sometimes find in other Clynelish. More subtly present here.

    On the tongue, the recognition of the standard 14 Years Old bottling immediately, but with an infinite number of extra layers and - strikingly - a greasy wax experience. Belgian waffles, egg cake, a little sweetness, no sourness. Solid, complex backbone. Incredibly clever how unmistakably Clynelish this is, with everything that makes this distillery so beautiful. Really a classic textbook example.

    Took a break, the scent continues to develop into exuberant yellow fruit.

    Experience the aftertaste again with a drop of water. It fell away a bit with the first sip, a touch of hot alcohol. But now nice and juicy and there is still the sourness I expected because of the age and barrel influence. Speaking of which, the barrel was not very active so the distillate can really shine.

    A top selection by WhiskyNerds! With so many examples of Clynelish, the trick is to bottle an ultimate and we succeeded. The best word to describe this for me is "classic". A modern classic!

  5. whisky_knight scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    This was more enjoyable than the 1995 Clynelish from Single Cask Nation, but it paled in comparison to the 1992 Clynelish 21 Year from Cadenhead. I’m not going to judge an independent bottler by just one release, but this first impression from Whisky Nerds is disappointing. There’s too much heat, from a 24 year release, no less, and it distracts in every sip, and I’ve had plenty of other bottles with higher ABV that was much more balanced in comparison.

    There’s some potential here, and you can taste some Clynelish, but it feels off. Compare this to the 1992 Clynelish 21 Year from Cadenhead, and there’s no comparison. The 1992 21 Year Clynelish is balanced, there’s a beautiful brightness, almost like citrus on a sunny day, with rich honey, apples, caramel and less bitterness than this bottle.
    • Nose
      64 64
      Even after sitting 15 minutes, the ABV is still there, hot. Apples, Chinese dried plums, prickly pear. Halfway through the bottle, other orchard fruit, and Bartlett pears.
    • Taste
      67 67
      Nice mouthfeel, medium viscosity. Chinese dried plums (I had no idea what this was until recently, thanks to a co-worker a few years ago, she brought in this candy to the office a few times a year. Tart, sweet dried plum flavor, puckering), caramel, vanilla, strong ginger spice, tastes hotter than the 54.9% ABV. The oakiness is strong in this bottle.

      (Additional drams, and especially halfway through the bottle): Salted peanut brittle, apple cinnamon, ginger spice heat is still present, a bit of a sting but under control. Grapefruit pith light bitterness.
    • Finish
      63 63
      Long finish due to the ABV. Dark chocolate (60% cacao), lingering ginger heat for a long fade. Faint caramel sweetness.

  6. SteveW110 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    The nose is spicy and fruity ... here, too, an exciting nose!

    The taste impresses with hay notes for a short time and then there is a lot of spice. Far too much seasoning that the barrel is definitely over.

    In direct comparison to the
    he is a little behind, but both are far from any prices they could fetch.

    Very long finish / bitter

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Very fruity with an austere note that is usually very typical for Irish, I would not call it a fruit bomb yet as it is not too sweet which is good - really good stuff!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense, vanilla, honeycomb, hay barn, fresh citrus fruits, orange zest, lemon, also some strawberry and raspberry, some tropical fruits too, mango, passon fruit, some austere spices - great!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily, creamy, little punchy, good sweetness, more citrus fruits, oranges, fresh lemons, vanilla, mango, passion fruit juice, spices, little ginger, fruit tea - still great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, fruity, spicy, zesty, little more orange zest, hints of herbs

  8. Monstruo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    After tasting WB187917, it is hardly alcoholic in my opinion.
    I really like the mix of lots of honey, some wax and tropical fruits. Creamy mouthfeel, beautiful oak on the finish and some passion fruit
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity with an elegant mineral balance, all coated in wax and perfectly integrated from nose through to finish. Quintessential 90's Clynelish!


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