Cladach Blended Malt
70cl / 57.1%
Special Releases 2018
- Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
A blended malt released as part of the Diageo Special Releases 2018 – only the second time a blended malt has made up part of the line up. Cladach means 'coastline' and the whisky runs with that theme, using only single malts made at coastal distilleries: Inchgower, Clynelish, Talisker, Oban, Caol Ila and Lagavulin. It's a dram that shouts about the seaside, balancing maritime character with soft smoke and fruit.
Cladach Blended Malt Reviews
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Nose: Pink shrimp sweets and leather to start, with smoke slowly building behind. Fresh sea air and crashing waves sit alongside earthy peat and maritime-tinged smoke. Meaty barbecue notes develop.
Palate: Peat leads but is quickly pushed to the back. The whisky is built around a sweet centre of boiled sweets and apple sauce, surrounded by salt and freshly-ground black pepper. A tingle of sherbet leads to zesty waxed lemons and sweet orange.
Finish: Sweet peat and grass with a touch of char.
Comment: An incredibly well-balanced dram, pulling out the distinctively coastal characteristics of the component whiskies without allowing smoke to swamp the more delicate flavours. However, Talisker and Clynelish are definitely doing the heavy lifting.