Clynelish 1997 Distillers Edition

Clynelish 1997 Distillers Edition (46%, OB, Cl-Br: 174-6k, 2011)

  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Clynelish distillery
  • Bottling: Diageo, OB
  • ABV: 46%
  • Cost: £67.42

Image courtesy of Master of Malt

What they say

Distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2011 this Distillers Edition Clynelish coastal highland single malt has been double matured in Oloroso Seco cask wood.

What I say

Another Oloroso cask finished Distillers Edition, this time hailing from Clynelish and with the addendum that Oloroso Seco casks (or Dry Oloroso rather than Sweet) were used for finishing.

Now discontinued the Clynelish Distillers Edition appears to have had a limited run, see details below:

  1. Clynelish 1991 Distillers Edition Cl-Br: 169-1f bottled 2006
  2. Clynelish 1992 Distillers Edition Cl-Br: 170-2g bottled 2007
  3. Clynelish 1992 Distillers Edition Cl-Br: 171-3h bottled 2008
  4. Clynelish 1992 Distillers Edition Cl-Br: 172-4i bottled 2009
  5. Clynelish 1993 Distillers Edition Cl-Br: 173-5j bottled 2010
  6. Clynelish 1997 Distillers Edition Cl-Br: 174-6k bottled 2011 £69.95 from The Whisky Exchange
  7. Clynelish 1997 Distillers Edition Cl-Br: 175-7l bottled 2012

Of which this is a review of No.6 from this list – if anyone has any of the others and would be happy to swap or trade me a small sample please get in touch!

The last two still seem reasonably available and priced at just under £70 – I guess the whole lot could make a nice collector’s set for anyone who is a fan of Clynelish 😉

The standard (and only staple OB) expression from Clynelish is bottled at 14 Years Old, the same as its predecessor in the Flora and Fauna range. However the youngest of the Distillers Editions is 14, with some being a little older. This discrepancy may have been due to spirit production (though I have no evidence or production issues over this time) and usage for blending purposes or availability of dry Oloroso casks I can only guess.

The Distillers Edition from Clynelish  had a chequered history and now seems gone for good…

The current refurbishment works resulted in changes to production at the Dailuaine distillery in Speyside which adapted to create a Clynelish-style spirit for use in Johnnie Walker blends or similar.

Purchased from Master of Malt

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Peach and ruby copper (12/20), slow-forming, oily, medium-sized tears leave medium-fine legs.
  • Nose: Raisin and dried fruits, new-made leather, orange peel, tannins, earthy and malty, nutty walnuts, slightly dirty and oily.
  • Taste: Waxy, malty, very chewy on the palate, dried fruits; raisin, fig, date, muscovado sugar, freshly grated ginger and nutmeg, black pepper spice, aniseed, quite herbal and woody, coffee grinds, bitter dark chocolate, soor ploom sweeties, nutty walnut and hazelnut.
  • Finish: Long, spiced and tannins but also sweet and rich, with dark dried fruits, black coffee, dark chocolate and pepper spice.


A delicious waxy and dried fruit combination in this Clynelish expression which is mouth-dryingly good. I couldn’t help thinking of eating soor ploom sweeties as it has a dry acidity that sucks in your cheeks, and your mouth dry. A shame that this expression may now have been lost.

Score 87/100

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