Cladach Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Overall rating
87.24/100
votes
172
Whiskybase ID
WB117733
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

€ 180.26

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Whisky reviews for Cladach Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

32 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.24 points.

  1. davidloosli scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rather bitter peat, behind that tropical fruits and vanilla, rose hip, marzipan, lime, complex and multi layered;
      with water: sweeter, a bit herbal, honey
    • Taste
      Sour fruits, chili, pink grapefruit, pink bubblegum, lemon, a bit milk chocolate;
      with water: sweet and smokey, more vanilla, slightly orangey
    • Finish
      quite woody, black tea with honey, pink grapefruit, pelty, coffee grounds, sweet and spicy;
      with water: bitterness is gone, tart dough, a dash of salt

  2. DDzip scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This was really good. I had no idea what to expect going into it as the theme of Diageo “coastal” (or nearly coastal) distilleries sounded a bit gimmicky, but this was easily one of my favorite blends. It really hit that sweet pool chemical note, the one that defined youthful summers. It is a note that I strongly associate with hotel swimming pools as well, and no childhood hotel visit was complete without an evening swim in a very well chlorinated hotel pool.
    • Nose
      Fruity, malty, with just a kiss of smoke off a backyard grill. Sweet citrusy lime, melon, and watermelon rind give way to warm oatmeal cookies with vanilla icing. Faintly herbal notes emerge along with salt, smoke, and sweet acrid pool chemicals.
    • Taste
      Medium to light body it opens sweet and salty with a hint of swimming pool chemicals. Lovely sweet citrus oil, grapefruit, dried tropical citrus, melon rinds, and condensed milk. Maltiness comes through at the end with caramelized sugar and lemon juice inside a toasty crêpe.
    • Finish
      Lingering vanilla, citrus, and caramelized plantains.

  4. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A blended malt from the coastal distilleries of Diageo: Inchgower, Clynelish, Talisker, Oban, Caol Ila and Lagavulin. Matured in first-fill bourbon casks, refill hogsheads of American oak, refill butts of European oak and ex-bodega butts of European oak. Translation of Cladach is “coastline”.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat smoke, medicinal and coastal notes, seaweed, mint, sweet, salted caramel
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat smoke, salty, smooth, honey, tropical fruits (limes, lemons, grapefruit), spicy (pepper, ginger), toffee, liquorice
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, smoky, spicy, chocolate, vanilla, oranges

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Ataxerxes scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Nose: wine gum, pepper, subtle smoke
    Palate : salty, persistent wine notes, slightly smoky
    Finish : long, complex wood aromas

  7. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  8. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A really nice blended malt, in which the character of the distilleries in it is clearly recognizable. The Cladach doesn't have any age information, but it doesn't seem to be too young. He looks mature and quite complex. The only drawback, as with the special releases in general, is the too ambitious price.
    • Nose
      Right at the beginning a nice wax note, honey and a light smoke note. In addition, clear herbs and a salty, maritime note. The nose is complex and varied. The malts contained are easy to recognize, really nicely done.
    • Taste
      Oily and salty maritime on the tongue, then the beeswax here too. The start is strong, but in spite of the 57.1% it is also very nice undiluted. Later there are berries and oak seasoning.
    • Finish
      In the long finish there are lots of herbs, light smoke and wax again. In addition, dry, peppery oak spice and a slight note of salt.

  9. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Smell: As expected, the smokers in the blend play a bit in the foreground, in addition to the subtle smoke also a maritime saltiness, which is perfectly accompanied by the waxy base tone of a Clynelish ... The proximity of the distilleries to the coast jumps in your nose almost figuratively - the interpretation However, I leave it to the finer noses in the base which Diageo branch contributes the respective nuance. Definitely a very differentiated whiskey, with fine salt caramel notes on the nose, freshly changed gear oil, but also yellow fruits and a hint of liquorice ...

    Taste: The alcohol is very warm at first, rather lean and freshly worked, again yellow fruits, again maritime salty with a subtle ash note, great balance, in the aftertaste a light sherry note, fine bitter note, medium to long aftertaste

    Color: yellow gold, medium water edge, clear

    Conclusion: It's fun - for the current tariff of less than 100 euros in Germany, a clear purchase recommendation and once again an advertising medium for the often underestimated category of well-made blended malts!

  10. tribe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Yes, there I have a talisker, but also sweet smoke, vanilla, fair and light fruits. Pretty nice. Also an interesting spice palette. Much has to be insulated, but difficult to separate. Is more complex than the first
      Appears. Caol ila and lagavulin merge and are difficult to separate. But you can recognize them as well as the talisker. To be honest, I don't find the rest in the smell, because the smoke is too strong .. After a while, there will definitely be citrus and pears
    • Taste
      Ash, maritime, salty, honey, vanilla, pepper, wumms.anise, liquorice, you can find the smoky ones if you know but only guess at the clynelish and inchgower. But all in all a great part. Fruit is definitely included. Ginger and ash again
    • Finish
      Ash and some wood, a little pepper but also caramel

  11. Dionysus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  12. glenrob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. LittlePeat scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smells interesting, but very alcoholic. I also have: rubber, selenium, light Highland smoke, pine nuts, ozone, light sherry, hard cheese, honey, thorn apple. In contrast to many blended malts, this one definitely has character. Reminds me of smoky glenturrets (Ruadh Maor). At some point, sweetened condensed milk will appear in the background. At the moment I find it too impetuous - and also too closed.

    Palate: Very alcoholic. Tastes like a (too) young Ardmore. I don't like it at all.

    Finish: alcoholic, herbal, with liquorice.

    Conclusion: It was really not a pleasure.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  14. sidqi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    An unique blended malt whisky!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The first impression is a smoky and fruity highland malt.Immense,complex and well-balanced,sweet melon,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,haymow.
      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.

  15. 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.

  16. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [Review sample from a half-full / half-empty bottle]
    • Nose
      90 90
      Olive brine, buttered, baked and slightly burnt potatoes garnished with rosemary twigs, crème caramel, thyme honey, salty sea spray, farmy and kippery peat smoke, greasy oilskin fresh off a fishing boat, wet lambswool, and an intriguing creamy waxiness (furniture polish, crayons). Really great texture and depth!

      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 14-18 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 pretty good value.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Intense, with spicy, herbal peat, a fat sweetness, and indeed some sherry. Camphor, rosemary, raisin bread, plum pudding, berry jam, lime juice, and a touch of fresh, spicy 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 simpler and more spice-centered on the palate than on the nose. Apart from a slightly raisiny PX sweetness, there's not a whole lot of fruity finesse going on, so we're dropping well below the 90-point-mark here, but it's still a hugely satisfying and powerful affair with a nice balance between brash peaty power and more refined, deeper, more "textural" elements.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Before and as it goes down, it heats your gullet in a rather rustic manner (you definitely get the famous Talisker "chili catch"...).
      Then it unfolds on spicy oak, sherried sweetness (perhaps with only the tiniest touch of rubber), herbal honey, deep peat notes, and a lovely lingering salinity. Very long. Retains its considerable sweetness all the way through.

      If you like a more mellow finale, go for a diluted dram, which will still have a great nose but less of a bite at the death.

  17. 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.

  18. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  19. Expraesi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Likudi scored this whisky 88 points Shoplink 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

  25. StephanB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Clynelish and Talisker seem to be the lead malts of this blend.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  27. SherryDrone scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    This one intrigued me & I tried.
    Color : Pale Lemon
    Nose: Ash, smoke, vanilla, citrus notes, chalk, sweet, liquorice, sand minerals. Canned Apricot. Excellent. Reminded Clynelish in a lot of ways. And Caol ila.
    Palate: Intense. Full. Vanilla. A lot of pepper. Honey sweetness. Mild oakinesa. A bit of menthol. Dry. Mild peatiness.
    Finish: Medium. Dry sweet. Apricots.A bit of pepper.

  28. SherryDrone scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    This one intrigued me & I tried.
    Color : Pale Lemon
    Nose: Ash, smoke, vanilla, citrus notes, chalk, sweet, liquorice, sand minerals. Canned Apricot. Excellent. Reminded Clynelish in a lot of ways. And Caol ila.
    Palate: Intense. Full. Vanilla. A lot of pepper. Honey sweetness. Mild oakinesa. A bit of menthol. Dry. Mild peatiness.
    Finish: Medium. Dry sweet. Apricots.A bit of pepper.

  29. 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

  30. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Mineral and waxy characters are there, very fruity.
    • Nose
      Peaches, smoke, waxy, a touch of peat, dried apricots
    • Taste
      Fruity, rich and complex, grapes, violet flowers, camphor
    • Finish
      Medium, dry and woody

  31. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Blind tasting. Very nice. But not for the price.
    • Nose
      Pretty fresh. Menthol. Pear. Apple cider. Citrus fruits. White grapes. A little vanilla. Freshly cut wood. In addition smoke. But not too strong. Such a mixture between wood smoke and peat smoke.
    • Taste
      In the mouth now a lot sweeter. Grape sugar. Wine gums. Sugar beets. Then it gets sharper and it seems to be the alcohol (against which I'm immune today). Which of course already has a clear start. Glazed ginger. Lime. Worn by the smoke.
    • Finish
      Lemon shower sticks. Now comes some licorice and things get drier. Accompanied by the smoke.

  32. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    N: First of all, there is a strong smoke, a very medical smoke like some young Caol Ila exude. From the smoke peel menthol and beautiful sherry notes with red fruits, some tobacco. The Sherrynoten are reminiscent of a blend of the Distillers Editions of Talisker and Lagavulin. Add to that the scent of a sea breeze.
    After some breathing, delicate aromas of furniture polish and old leather sofa come. Are there older barrels?

    M: A nice peppery onset, which comes out even stronger with a few drops of water. A beautiful multi-layered malt. Salty notes, red fruits, it always flashes oak spiciness, all interspersed with fine smoke.

    Q: long and smoky, light berry sweetness but after a while there is a bit of coin money left in the mouth.

  33. 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!

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