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Overall rating
80.97/100
votes
186
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Barcode
5029704219032
Added on
18 Aug 2017 7:06 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 50.32

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain An Cladach

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.97 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    An Cladach is rather discombobulating. Whilst it’s delivered in a litre bottle for a relatively reasonable price (56 Euros at Frankfurt airport at present) I’m struggling to understand its overall proposition. As a younger sherried dram, it shares a lot of DNA with the distillery’s core range 12 year old – except, it’s nowhere near as solid an offering. There’s some agreeable flavour combinations here, but like Bunna’s wine cask influenced Eirigh Na Greine (also previously available in travel retail) there’s just too much infancy here, and some quite perceptible sulphur.

    Whilst transparency levels are slowly improving in some areas of the whisky world, travel retail is not one of those areas. An Cladach makes no exceptions here either, presenting the drinker with little useful information as to exactly what they’re drinking. Recent NAS bottlings from Bunnahabhain (especially last year’s excellent Moine Oloroso) have all floated my boat, but this fishing vessel is lost with all hands for me.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/bunnahabhain/bunnahabhain-an-cladach/
    • Nose
      Obvious sherry influence with toffee, raisins and a punnet of red berries – but all a little mildewed and damp rather than bright and juicy. A slightly metallic aroma hints at copper, reflux and youthfulness – this sits alongside nuttiness (hazelnut), chocolate, coffee (of the instant granulated type) and some struck match. The addition of water changes the fruit composition introducing stone fruits, as well as cake sponge and baking spices.
    • Taste
      An oily and juicy arrival – 50% suits this nicely. Red berries are up front, and include a combination of fresh, dried and hedgerow varieties. Chocolate, toffee, dates and figs provide some sherried depth and are again joined by underlying earthiness. There’s both a slight steeliness as well as some rawness/almost new make quality around the edges. In the mid to back palate, nuts, spice (predominantly pepper) and wood – with only the first two of these being successful – the oak here is quite sour and rather jarring against the sweeter sherry influences. Water improves the balance of sweet vs. sour – but in doing so loses the viscosity on the arrival.
    • Finish
      Short to medium with dried berries, chocolate and an over enthusiastic amount of sour, astringent wood.

  2. oSalty scored this whisky 76 points Member Junior

    Great bouquet of flavours but just falls short on balance and two many rough edges creating harshness on the palete. I feel that this either needs longer in the barrel to balance the harshness and possibly more bourbon influence to add the extra sweetness this so desperately needs.
    Overall 76
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fig, Fermented Apples, Toffee, Vanilla, Baking Spices and Raisins.
      Very interesting bouquet of flavours
    • Taste
      81 81
      Prailines, Treacle, Cloves, Butterscotch, Fudge, Bananas and baking spices
      A bit harsh, but overall great flavours
    • Finish
      64 64
      Peppered finish with sour cherries and red berries which remains for a bit too long ending with a sour and spicy finish which I don't think works.

  3. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    It seems powerful and straightforward, but at the same time the 50ka is not felt, except that it dries slightly. It would not be so saturated, it would be so-so.
    • Nose
      Saturated, juicy. Loose cookies with berries, a little almonds, dried fruits, milk chocolate, a handful of nuts, bread crust.
    • Taste
      Sweet, straightforward, young. Salted caramel, pastries and cookies, dried fruits, spicy spices, a little duchess.
    • Finish
      Short +, peppery sweet. Dried fruits, chocolate, all the same handful of nuts, subtle sea nuances such as algae and wet stones.

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    the nose was the best
    Ranging: 1.Nase, 2.Mund, 3.Abgang
    • Nose
      Smells immediately after pouring
      bit of cider
      dusty grassy, ​​herbs, lovage
      the fermented apple is superficial
      Metal bowl with currant and pear slices
      you can smell the schnapps a bit
      maritime background is evolving
    • Taste
      Alcohol with some fruit
      slightly maritime
      some engine oil on the palate and apple / pear
    • Finish
      rather hardly

  5. Moses scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Purovi Thermo
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      77 77

  6. JohnnyTheSmoker scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Caramel flan, beeswax, dark bread, unripe fruit could be kiwi, cotton candy, roasted almonds, spaghetti bolognaise, raisins and a pinch of salt
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet and again sweet accompanied by a youthful sharpness, the oak expresses its bitterness. A creamy mouthfeel spreads.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium-length finish with a bit of bitterness and spice that has not disappeared from now on

  7. Joschbert scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. Expraesi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Heutje scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Sandman23 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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