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Cladach Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Overall rating
86.95/100
votes
117
Whiskybase ID
117733
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Diageo (Diag)
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2018
Bottled
2018
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8071CM003
Barcode
5000281051802
Added on
15 Sep 2018 11:59 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 163.81

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Whisky Reviews for Cladach Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.95 points

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Water: No, it is perfect in original strength

    Conclusion: Bämm, you can see here every single distillery, which combine into a great blended malt: the beeswax notes of Clynelish, the salt notes of Oban, the smoke flavors of Caol Ila and the heavy peat notes of Lagavulin, and in the finish the Talisker beats with his peppery finish by. The two lead malts are m. E. Clynelish and Talisker. Very nicely done!!!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Beeswax, yellow fruits (dried apricot), smoke and some peat, some pepper, a distinctly maritime salt note, sherry aromas with dark fruits and some raisins sparkle in between, even some tobacco can be found
    • Taste
      88 88
      first dark sweetness with lots of caramel and toffee, then put through the peat notes, but also some smoke is there, as well as oak with cloves and leather polish
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium to long, again the successful blend of waxy salty notes, sherry and peat and smoky notes, which end in a peppery finale

  2. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Likudi scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Needs a few drops of water, otherwise it is too one-dimensional. If you have a few drops too much, it will be boring. So dribble carefully :)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Coastline

    Cladach is this year’s ‘secret bottle’, like Collectivum XXVIII was last year’s. In other words, this was revealed late in the game. Cladach means as much as ‘coastline’ and is a blended malt, composed of six coastal single malts: Coal Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Oban, Inchgower and Talisker. This has got to be good, right?

    Hello! Immediate maritime elements on the nose (doh!) with salt, soot, seaweeds, oysters and a mild development of smoke. Blind, I might have mistaken this for a Lagavulin at first, which leads me to believe this is the dominant malt. But the typical pepperiness from Talisker is present as well, while the Clynelish takes care of a lovely waxy note. Some clear honey, limes and lemons, a leaf of mint and something that reminds me of butane gas, I kid you not. Some pastry, but all the way in the background. Know what? This is absolutely stunning.

    Great body and immediately quite dark and sooty on the palate. Great continuation of the nose with sweet and salty notes. Quite some smoke and soot, but soft and creamy at the same time, with smoldering wood, charcoal and liquorice, salt & pepper… You can almost chew this one!

    Medium long finish, but very balanced with an uppercut of vanilla at the death.

    This blended malt truly is more than just the sum of its parts. Value for money. It is yours for 160 EUR. I did not doubt and got me two bottles. Bring on a cold winter!

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [Review sample from a half-full bottle]
    • Nose
      90 90
      Oh, interesting: when I first opened this bottle (and perhaps for the longest part of its first half), my main aroma impression was sherried Lagavulin. Now that some air has gone into it, the peat intensity has reduced somewhat and I'm actually picking out the (grassy, fruity, spicy) Inchgower more clearly. Which isn't to say that the smoke has disappeared – it still walks a tightrope between farmy and coastal, and I still get the impression that this is not merely a huge vat of Caol Ila with some other malts teaspooned in (which might've been the most economical approach). You can actually catch whiffs of Talisker and at least imagine that this waxy, saline, maritime aspect derives from Clynelish and Oban. Definitely complex and well-matured: this never noses "young," and as I mentioned above, there's a good deal of sherried malt involved. If I had to guess, I'd put the medium age of the components at around 16-18 years. I love well-aged maritime malts, I'm a fan of pretty much every distillery involved here, so it should comes as no surprise that I love this nose. Over here in Germany, you can currently get a bottle for around 100 €, which, to my mind, is crazy good value.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Intense, with spicy, herbal peat, a fat sweetness, and indeed a lot of sherry. Camphor, rosemary, raisin bread, plum pudding, berry jam, a touch of new oak. If you like the Lagavulin Distiller's Edition and can handle higher strengths, you'll love this. Thick and rich and well drinkable at bottling strength. Again: apart from the initial herbal impression, I don't get the sense that Caol Ila is doing the heavy lifting here. My feeling on the tongue is: sweetly sherried, teenaged Lagavulin, some young and brash Talisker, a bit of active, spicy American oak, and a (less discernible) blend of the other coastal distilleries to fill in the gaps. It's a bit simpler and less deep on the palate than on the nose, and apart from the raisiny PX sweetness, there's not a whole lot of fruity finesse going on, so we're dropping below the 90-point-mark here, but it's still a hugely satisfying and powerful affair.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Before and as it goes down, you definitely get the famous Talisker "chili catch." Then it unfolds on spicy oak, sherried sweetness (perhaps with only the tiniest touch of rubber), deep peat, and a lovely lingering salinity. Very long, retains its sweetness all the way through.

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  7. sidqi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A masterpiece blended malt whisky!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The first impression is a smoky and fruity highland malt.Immense,complex and well-balanced,sweet oak spices,some ripe fruits,baked fruits,beeswax,a little herbal,licorice,maritime,briny,a little waxy.Slightly medicinal,a little sooty and dusty.
      After adding a few drops of water,it’s getting more smoky,the Lagavulin notes come out.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Rich and mellow,sweet and briny.Oily and creamy,splendid mouth-coating,tannin dryness,black pepper,berry fruits,smoky.Very rich and chewy.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very long and spicy,smoky,sooty and dusty,warm spices,pineapple,tannin dryness and a little bitter,herbal and peppery.

  8. thebonewolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    If Blue Label were this, nobody would have anything bad to say about it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Familiar. Earthy caramel, vague smoke, slight hospital/lab.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Smoke, wood, spice, leather, tobacco kinda.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Earthy smoke, salinity. Medium long.

  9. Abadon05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice and a different kind of blend. No marriage and harmonious integration, but each distillery can be guessed at depending on the situation.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Surprisingly flowery and honey-like. A slight sea note slides underneath, but hidden.
      You can tell that there are individual distilleries and, to be honest, I think that's good. Very interesting and good that no attempt was made to involve everyone here.
      Light pipe tobacco is still recognizable as well as some sherry. With a deeper drag and a little time, the marine smoke notes come through stronger.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Beeswax paired with dark cherry notes and a little caramel. Then the smoke comes only gradually. The honey sweetness remains. The smoke now settles on the tongue and remains. The flavor of the alcohol strength is easy to hear.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length. Salt notes come out very, very strongly. Here you can clearly see the influence of the Islay. A slight chili match of the Talisker can also be seen.

  10. Expraesi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

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