Clynelish 18 Years Old 1993 Rare Select

Clynelish 18 Years Old 1993 Montgomerie’s Rare Select (46%, Montgomerie’s, Cask #7553, 2012)

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: 18 Years Old
  • Bottling: Montgomerie’s, The Single Cask Collection – Rare Select, Cask #7553
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £sold out
  • Origin: Clynelish distillery
  • Vintage: 1993


What they say

Independent bottlings of Clynelish remain popular for the simple reason that they taste amazing. If you like fruity whiskies with a little salt and smoke, this could be your thing.

Official tasting notes:

  • Waxy fruit, vanilla, sea salt and a whiff of smoke lead to peaches and nectarines on the palate with a slight saltiness which leads into a long fulfilling finish.

What I say

Another Clynelish I paired against the last sample (TBWC 21yo batch #7) as a comparator. This was distilled 11th August 1993 and matured in a single cask #7553 for 18 years before bottling June 2012 by Montgomeries as part of their Single Cask collection – The Rare Select.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: White wine gold (5/20), medium-large tears and long, thick legs.
  • Nose: Very sweet and suagry with beeswax, honey, gentle stewed apples, peach, caramel, toffee, woody oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, faint aniseed like aniseed balls or gobstopper (hint of cinnamon?) sweeties.
  • Taste: Floral, drying linen, white flowers, apples, honey, waxy, mineralic salt and limestone/chalk, smoky, salted almonds, zesty citrus pith, sharp nutmeg, cinnamon and more aniseed balls, are later joined by earthy mint leaf and a touch of camphor or eucalyptus wood & mothballs.
  • Finish: Long, vaporous, spiced honey.


Much deeper and sharper than the previous expression with lots of lovely zesty spices, this feels much more mature than the last one despite being younger?

Score 87/100

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