Clynelish / Gordon & MacPhail

Clynelish 1989 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) Review

Clynelish 1989 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) I'm a huge fan of Gordon and MacPhail as independant bottlers, they tend to pick great spirit and their cask management always appears great, add in great distilleries, like this Clynelish, and you have what should be a winning recipe.

The typical Clynelish beeswax note is here, along with candied fruit peels and a really interesting balsamic vinegar note which is a note i enjoy, but haven't had in whisky much at all. The palate is fruity, chalky, and a little peppery and works really well, it's one that gets better the longer you spend with it.

Not a cheap bottle of whisky, but a bloody good one.

Available from Specialists like The Green Welly Stop.

Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the Official Sample.

Tasting Notes & Details


Sugar dipped candied lemon and orange peels with touches of beeswax furniture polish, slightly chalky and very saline, this is interesting and gentle but constantly evolving and I’m left with an overriding note of balsamic vinegar.


There’s a fruity chalky note in here that comes in first, with splattering of beeswax and ground white pepper with some juicy fruit chewing gum in there also


Sweet juicy fruit chewing gum and white pepper

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Clynelish 1989 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Age: 1989 Vintage
ABV: 49.30
Distiller: Clynelish
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland
Posted: 11/02/2019 by Tom

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