Clynelish 41 Years


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Clynelish 41 YO is a unique beverage. This is the oldest single malt whisky bottled at Clynelish so far. What is also unusual is the fact that this edition appears on the market in the form of single cask and as official bottling. This means that all bottles from this edition come from one barrel – No. 16802, bottled by Diageo, the owner of Clynelish. It is an unusual event in the history of this distillery, which additionally contributes to the unique nature of the product in question.

Its rarity and uniqueness are not the only attributes this whisky can boast of. This is due to the fact that quality ingredients and 41 years spent in a barrel have created a unique beverage – fresh, full of life and sophisticated. A beverage which will please every lover of good, old Scotch whisky.


The rarest, and certainly the most expensive Clynelish ever. Talking about ‘new’ Clynelish here. If it’s anywhere near some superlative 1973s by Signatory/Prestonfield, we’re up for a treat. By the way I had forgotten I had this one, until some message by some friend appeared on Facebook. Like ‘who’s tried this?’ Happy to oblige… Oh and yes, it’s well an official bottling. Colour: gold. Nose: it needs time. There’s something metallic upfront, this may go away with oxygen. Zzz… zzz… Good, stewed rhubarb, old garage, leather polish, nettle soup, sage, brake fluid, porridge oats, brand new magazines, old books (so ink), rusty nails… It seems that this is a rather cerebral old malt. What’s perfect is that nobody’s thought of re-racking this cask. Bless ‘em. Mouth: a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Bone dry, metallic, petroly, mineral… Do you know Trimbach’s Clos Ste Hune, by any chance? And once again, it’s rather a Brora-ish Clynelish. What’s really strange is that we’ve never seen any Brora 1973. Could we please meet with the gentleman who was responsible for stencilling the casks back in 1973? Please? Or his family? We’ll bring chocolates and good wine… Ashes, pepper, mustard, hay, tar, seaweed fire… Yeah I know, Brora… Finish: long, majestically dry, sharp, concise, precise, ashy, mineral… You may call the anti-maltoporn brigade, but that would be a little too late. My bad. Comments: okay, here’s a new theory. In 1973, some, if not all Brora casks used to be stencilled as ‘Clynelish’. Okay, do you have any proof to the contrary? Like, a picture of a cask of 1973 Brora? Or even a bottle? SGP:364 - 94 points.


    Distillery Clynelish
    Classification Single Malt Whisky
    Bottle No./Released 018/144
    Vintage 1973
    Age 41
    Bottler Official Bottling
    Bottling Date 2015
    ABV/ Volume 45.2%/ 70cl
    Rating/SGP 94/364
    Cask Number 16802


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