Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
03 years old
Bourbon Casks & Virgin Oak Finish
46.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
25 Oct 2018 2:35 pm by Bachess

Average value

€ 42.99

4 × in wishlist

9 × member ratings

15 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cley Whisky Malt & Rye 46%

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.71 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Fresh Fig
    A new Dutch distillery has emerged: Cley. The distillery can be found in the heart of Rotterdam. Their whisky is produced from a malt and rye based 17th Century recipe. It is triple distilled and then matured for at least three years on ex-bourbon casks, followed by a finish on new oak casks. The malt and rye are fermented together. The name Cley actually refers to the clay of Rotterdam.
    The nose is rife with wood. That must be the virgin oak. Reminds me of brown bread with a thick layer of butter. Some coffee grounds and nutmeg. Fairly dry. If you are patient enough, you’ll also discover some raisins, fresh fig and dried apricots. Not bad (in its genre), but it needs time.
    It is a lot sweeter on the palate. The brown bread is still there, but easily overpowered by lovely dark and sweet notes as if from apricot marmalade, some bitter oranges and some coconut. Vanilla, nutmeg and a pinch of saffron make it spicy.
    The finish is medium long, somewhat drying, but sweet enough to keep the tannins in check.
    I was not too fond of the nose, but on the palate and in the finish, this is good fun already. Around 40 EUR for half a liter. Thanks to owner Paul den Dulk for the sample.

  2. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Strange kind of whisky, but not bad at all. It starts a little fruity, then it gets more sweet and it ends where the rye dominates.
    Had this one head-2-head with the Cask Strength edition: The latter is reasonable better: Fuller taste, more fruitier. Compared to the CS, this 46% is a little flat, and more sweet than fruity.
    • Nose
      81 81
      At first things get a little fruity and sour, it's more like a Grappa or Armagnac kind of nose... Some raisins, and cappuccino. Later on, the rye starts to do its work. Nose it starting to smell like leaven bread, sour dough.
      A bit 'not whisky-like' nose.
    • Taste
      82 82
      At the beginning a little fruity as well, raisins, apricots. Some sweet comes in, some vanilla, a hint of coconut, and then caramel. Smooth and soft taste and mouthfeel. Later on, the rye makes its entrance in the taste as well.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Now it has a little pepper, pungent in the throat. Some fruity again, some hints of coffee/cappuccino, and again some sweet in the finish, a little vanilla and coconut again. And some caramel. Finish is not that long

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    This basically smells like plum jam on the nose, very sweet indeed.
    A decent spice note and more fruit with sweet pastries on the palate and the spice note increases.
    Decent length in the finish, not bad actually
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80


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