Clynelish 34 Year Old 1972 Highland Single Malt by The Single Malts of Scotland

Clynelish 34 Year Old 1972 Highland Single Malt by The Single Malts of Scotland

$3,550 AUD

50.5% 70cl

An intriguing bottling by The Whisky Exchange under its own The Single Malts of Scotland label, achieved through the vatting of two complementary casks.

The spirit was distilled on 13 December 1972 and then matured in hogshead casks (numbers 20156 /24651) until the date of bottling on 14 March 2007 – over 34 years later. 409 bottles emerged.

Tasting Notes

NOSE: Briar, resinous wood notes. Some smoke. Sweet baked orange, baked pastry-crust. Orange note develops curacao-like aroma. Some cake spices and vanilla.

PALATE: Oaky surge to start, then fruit takes over. Spicy and a little drying. Nice honeyed maltiness mingles with the wood.

FINISH: Spicy, woody, resinous. A lot of oak, but good oak. (The Whisky Exchange).


This product is located in Australia.


Clynelish Distillery

Many distilleries have undergone name changes during the course of their history which can lead to confusion and that is all the more so when you get two distilleries swapping names, as is the case with Clynelish and Brora. To get the early history of Clynelish please look at the entry for Brora under Ghost Distilleries.

The distillery in its current form dates from the 1960s. Part of the fields of Clynelish Farm, adjacent to the old distillery of that name but which reverted to Brora, were pressed into service to provide space for the new distillery for which a totally new water supply had to be found. This was essentially the old water supply for the town of Brora, for which a new source had been identified. As I said at the time of my visit in 1985, “Clynelish and Brora, standing together, reflect in a unique way the old and the new in this evergreen industry”.

As if in the wake of the Brora phenomenon, early bottles of Clynelish  are also becoming collectors’ items and may soon have investment status.