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Bunnahabhain An Cladach

Overall rating
79.89/100
votes
100
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Barcode
5029704219032
Added on
18 Aug 2017 7:13 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 52,07

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100 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain An Cladach

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.89 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. 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

  3. mosesumike scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/feis-ile-2018-bunnahabhain-open-day/

    Ignoring the [still available at the distillery shop a year later] limited release 2002 15yo Spanish oak Feis Ile bottling for £220 [or £20 for 2.5cl WB], I went for something more affordable. I’m sure everyone knows about Cladach, another one I’ve passed by. I could have asked about the cask types and everything, but who really cares how many mega pixels your camera has if you’re pleased with the results, right? Yeah, that’s the mood I was in.

    N: Resinous raisins, murky putty, a touch of vanilla varnish - all predictably young, cask-led stuff.
    T: Sour young raisin-y charred vanilla popcorn spirit - all cask on the surface but little solid maturation behind it.
    F: Green sour vanilla notes endure alongside a milky scummy finish and rancid oily notes at the death.
    C: This is what I’ve come to expect of modern NAS Bunna and many NAS malts in general, though thankfully, notable changes away from this direction have been seen from key distilleries for a few years now.

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    A neat malt from the travel retail (liter bottle);
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      clearly sherry, raisins, ripe plums, then alcoholic note;
    • Taste
      diluted: strong, powerful onion, lots of plum jam, raisins, creamy, young, wild, a little spiciness, pepper; Water is good; dimensional!
    • Finish
      short, spicy finish; in the aftermath plums;

  7. Dris scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    If you've wondered what an unbalanced whisky is like, try this. The sweet and sour just doesn't integrate well, taking this dram to a below average quality.
    • Nose
      A slightly dirty nose that I didn't expect from Bunnahabhain, with a touch of copper coins and struck matches. Also a decent amount of cloves, a touch of vanilla custard and a nudge of cocoa powder, strawberries and a whiff of mandarin.
    • Taste
      A bit of a harsh arrival. Pretty spicy, with cloves making an encore, as well as black pepper. There's red fruits here too, though. Think cherry syrup. It has a pronounced sourness to it as well. The balance isn't quite there.
    • Finish
      Lingering sourness, bitter oak, berries. Short to medium, despite the relatively high abv.

  9. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Despite 50% alcohol content overall rather thin and unbalanced. Halfway drinkable with water, but even thinner in the mouth. Leaves no lasting memory, and for me is quite a distance from the 12y standard.
    • Nose
      Overall light, slightly alcoholic, vanilla, apple and pear, slightly sweetish
    • Taste
      Uh, first strictly alcoholic and spicy. Fruits from the nose. Creamier with water
    • Finish
      Rather short. A little bitter chocolate with fruit, and in fact something metallic - bitter.

  10. Simo scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

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