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Cley Whisky Dutch Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Overall rating
83.58/100
votes
15
Whiskybase ID
WB141381
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
03 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon + Toasted Virgin American Finish
Casknumber
123
Strength
52.0 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Label
batch 1019
Barcode
8719326324258
Added on
25 Oct 2019 12:04 pm by ducksingel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 45.00

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Whisky Reviews for Cley Whisky Dutch Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.58 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Pancakes
    Cley, the craft distillery run by Paul and Maria in Rotterdam, is slowly but surely putting together a nice range. I tried their Malt & Rye before, but today I’ll taste their single malt. It is triple distilled and matured for three years in ex bourbon casks before getting a finish on a Toasted Virgin American Oak quarter cask. It is bottled at cask strength.
    Accessible nose on vanilla, quatre quart cake, double baked bread (with that lovely dark, crispy crust), overripe banana, honey, toffee and cinnamon. Hint of lime and pancakes.
    Oily and despite the high ABV very approachable. Now the citrus fruit comes first, followed by caramel, sultanas and pancakes with apple. Cinnamon, candied ginger and cloves make it very feisty. The oak certainly puts it foot down, but it does not become oaky.
    The finish is relatively long, feisty with some more caramel, chewing tobacco and a soft bitterness at the death.
    I quite like this. The oak remains under control and offers up those typical lovely notes you may expect with a nice spiciness. That one goes into the cabinet!

  2. Dutchdram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      The typical american oaky notes like vanilla, honey, toffees and cinnamon. A citrusy touch of lemon. It's a bit alcoholic but not disturbing. At the end some oak.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Great caramel not with some applecrumbles. Lovely! Followed by cinnamon. There is a little raisin amidst (?). Notes of oak and at the end ginger and pepper.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Very short unfortunately. A little bit of caranel and oak, but it disappears almost immediately.

  3. Dutchdram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      The typical american oaky notes like vanilla, honey, toffees and cinnamon. A citrusy touch of lemon. It's a bit alcoholic but not disturbing. At the end some oak.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Great caramel not with some applecrumbles. Lovely! Followed by cinnamon. There is a little raisin amidst (?). Notes of oak and at the end ginger and pepper.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Very short unfortunately. A little bit of caranel and oak, but it disappears almost immediately.

  4. grinface scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Better then the on at drinking strength. But there is still room for improvement. Nothing that totally convinces me with the first sip, but I would look at it again later. But only in cask strength, please! Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/11/19/erstlingswerke/

  5. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    It's very nice to taste a 3 yo whisky on cask strength, which doesn't happen that often. It's a smooth and fruity distillate (key word: pear) which has interacted with the wood quite well. The oak has given a good dose of spice in order to create a whisky that is quite balanced for such a youngster. Don't expect a utterly complex dram, but a pleasant one instead. If you have the chance to taste it, I highly recommend it.

    I tasted it head to head with the regular 40% version. This one is more robust, and more in balanced as it is not dominated by the fruit. It has more spice, and not too much in my opinion. If you are overly sensitive to spice, then the 40% version might be the better choice for you.
    • Nose
      83 83
      It's more powerful and with some more depth than its non CS brother. There is - just as in the regular one - a fruity note of pear and red apple, but backed by some white raisin. The cereal note is rather robust (oily, husky) which works perfectly for me. The wood has added notes of graphite/pencil shaving, toffee, coconut and baking spice.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Full-bodied, oily and pleasant. There is a little sting from the alcohol, but it isn't disturbing. Pear drops, apple cake, rum raisin, a bit of lemon zest. Further: honeyed cereal bar, husks, creme brulee. Towards the end, ginger dominated spice comes into play.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to moderate, now with more grip and influence of the wood. The ginger and other spices get louder, just like the cake-like influence. The fruit is still there, giving enough balance.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It is a little light on the nose smells of sweet caramel , old caramac sweet bars that sort of thing.
    The palate has some nice spice and cake sponge notes but it is on the dry side.
    No need for water, decent whisky
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

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