Clynelish 20 (Signatory Vintage 1995/2016 Cask #8685) Review

This is a 20 year Clynelish matured in a refill sherry butt and bottled at 50.3% ABV.

Nose: Sherry dominant with baking spices, floral notes, waxy malt with spiced pears, dates, and wet slate.

Palate: Sherry still predominant note with pears and melon, subtle floral notes, and gun flint – quite buttery overall with damp oak and new leather.

Finish: Oak turns slightly bitter as cocoa emerges to linger alongside the sweet sherry.

Rating: 89/100 – A pretty standard heavily sherried Clynelish – the nice thing is they are usually fairly good, so the standard is quite high in my opinion. This expression has some great sherry notes without overwhelming the Clynelish malt profile.

Value for the money: This retailed around €115 which I think is a pretty good price – not sure what they can be found for now at auction, but I wouldn’t pay a whole lot over original retail.

3 thoughts on “Clynelish 20 (Signatory Vintage 1995/2016 Cask #8685) Review”

  1. Nice review on the Clynelish (Signatory Vintage 1995 / 2016 cask # 8685, abv 50.3% ). The older Clynelish are just great. If you are interested, The Whisky Exchange has a “sister cask” available now. I just picked up a bottle of it, the Clynelish (Signatory Vintage 1995 / 2016 cask # 8687, abv 53.6% ). It was delivered yesterday. A friend and I sampled it last night. Very similar notes as yours including the slight bitter cocoa notes at the finish. This is slightly higher abv than the the #8685 cask, which never hurts. It’s a fantastic whisky. Keep up the great reviews, Cheers.

    1. Thanks Mike – I’ll check that out. I have another Clynelish TWE pick bottled in the bunker that I haven’t opened yet, but never hurts to have another :).

      1. Agreed. I have an unopened, Clynelish, 1996, 18 year old, cask # 6509, refill sherry butt from TWE. I bought 2 of them- one is gone – just great stuff. Enjoy.

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