Clynelish 2017 Distillery Exclusive

Clynelish Distillery Exclusive Bottling (48%, OB, Bourbon Casks, 6000 Bottles, 2017)

  • ABV: 48%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: OB, Distillery Exclusive
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £80
  • Origin: Clynelish Distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared


What they say

Produced at Clynelish distillery and bottled in 2017. This was selected by the distillery staff for their visitor centre exclusive bottling. 6,000 bottles were produced and retailed at £80.

What I say

To complement the Game of Thrones House Tyrell Clynelish Reserve edition I just sampled I picked out this Distillery Only bottling, produced in 2017 and made from a vatting of ex-bourbon casks to produce 6,000 bottles. Previous distillery exclusives have been reputed to be standard 14 year old expression but presented at Cask strength – though I haven never seen an age statement on any. This unusual selection is delivered at 48% and made from ex-bourbon matured stock only.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Champagne gold (3/20), quick medium tears leave well-defined medium legs.
  • Nose: Fresh and zesty, some citric lemon, salt-preserved lemon zest, fresh cut green apple and pear, a little honey, candle wax, floral gorse & white flower mixture.
  • Taste: Similar to the nose, fresh and zesty lemons, honey and salt, apple, white grape, peppery and cinnamon spices, a touch of ginger or grated tamarind, lemon barley sugars and a light waxyness.
  • Finish: Medium-long, sherbet orange and lemon, warming ginger and tamarind spices and light oak influence.


From the colour and flavours present I suspect a healthy amount of refill ex-bourbon casks went into this vatting, surprisingly it really doesn’t feel that youthful and could easily pass a comparison with the 14 year old. A little less waxy than I am used to from Clynelish, or perhaps it is the absence of flavours carried within it. A suspect this is a bit of a Clynelish purists whisky and I am maybe under-appreciating it. Flawless, but not really ticking my boxes regards flavour profile.

Score 85/100

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