Cley Whisky 04-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Edition
Stated Age
04 years old
Bourbon and 1.5 year ex Islay finish
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Batch No.1
Bottled for
Whisky Festival Delft
Netherlands Netherlands
Added on
02 jun 2022 9:29 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 76.98

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Whisky reviews for Cley Whisky 04-year-old

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.65 points.

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, powerful whisky, where the Islay influence is hardly noticeable. Sweetness dominates this one, with even some berries.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet notes, vanilla, then some earthiness comes in, as well as some floral notes. Even some berries. Quite some alcohol noticeable.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spicy, pepper, far away some whiffs of subtle peat now. Sweet and some fruitiness. Pretty powerful.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still some power, sweet, berries. Medium long finish.

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  3. Dutchdram scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet at first with notes like vanilla and honey. A great note of smoke followed by some earthy notes like wet leafs and mint. Some fruits like pears and grapefruit too. At the end notes of malt, cinnamon and licorice.
    • Taste
      85 85
      A coastal profile on the tongue like caramel-seasalt, honey and some dark chocolate. White pepper complemented by ashes and a beachy note aswell. Fruity notes now like red apples and lemon. At the end some malt.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long. Smoke lingers on together with vanilla, apples and licorice.

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Islay Cley

    Paul and Maria from the Rotterdam Cley distillery have a special place in my heart. They make really nice whisky and they are also super sympathetic people. That's always good for a nice story. And they are getting more and more acclaim – rightly so! – because after the special festival bottling for the whisky festival in Eindhoven – selected by The Barrel Baron – this time they bottled a very special malt for the Whisky Festival in Delft in May 2022. A Secret Islay! And triple distilled! After 4 years on a classic bourbon cask, this Dutch malt got an 18-month finish on a cask on which an Islay whisky previously matured. Which one? That's a well-kept secret. Who knows, maybe I'll taste it.

    The nose is already excellent. Very accessible on vanilla and yellow fruit, orange, honey, white bread and banana. But... wrapped in a soft smokiness that gives it weight and depth. A fresh touch of eucalyptus... How attractive!

    Oh, blissful! The malt comes in firmly with a nice smokiness that grows quickly and makes your mouth completely warm, while the vanilla and oranges come to the fore. The Islay cask has done a fantastic job here. It gives the malt a beautiful touch without dominating. And the strength is almost perfect.

    The finish is long, smoky and sweet. As the peat leaves with a silent drum, another fresh touch of orange zest appears.

    OMG, I think I've just tasted the best ever from Paul and Maria. Kudos! And that Islay cask? No idea. I am in doubt between Kilchoman and Caol Ila. But that makes absolutely no difference.

  7. robbert88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Drunk as a mystery sample.
    No info. Completely blind in it.
    • Nose
      N: Butter cake, greasy, I smell unburnt peat, moss, marzipan, citrus,
    • Taste
      P: oh wow. Turf much more than the palette. And also heavier and smokier. black pepper, red pepper, earthy, oily and sweet. Cherries.
    • Finish
      F; long and warming with spices


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