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Whisky Reviews for Cladach Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.14 points
- 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 :)
- 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!!!
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
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
medium to long, again the successful blend of waxy salty notes, sherry and peat and smoky notes, which end in a peppery finale
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!
- [Review sample from a half-full / half-empty bottle]
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 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.
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.
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.
- 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!
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
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
Ash and some wood, a little pepper but also caramel