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Cladach Blended Malt Diageo Special Release 2018


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

28th Oct 2018


Cladach Blended Malt Diageo Special Release 2018
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  • Brand: Cladach
  • ABV: 57.1%

Cladach is this year’s ‘secret bottle’, like Collectivum XXVIII was last year’s. In other words, this was revealed late in the game. Cladach means as much as ‘coastline’ and is a blended malt, composed of six coastal single malts: Coal Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Oban, Inchgower and Talisker. This has got to be good, right?

Hello! Immediate maritime elements on the nose (doh!) with salt, soot, seaweeds, oysters and a mild development of smoke. Blind, I might have mistaken this for a Lagavulin at first, which leads me to believe this is the dominant malt. But the typical pepperiness from Talisker is present as well, while the Clynelish takes care of a lovely waxy note. Some clear honey, limes and lemons, a leaf of mint and something that reminds me of butane gas, I kid you not. Some pastry, but all the way in the background. Know what? This is absolutely stunning.

Great body and immediately quite dark and sooty on the palate. Great continuation of the nose with sweet and salty notes. Quite some smoke and soot, but soft and creamy at the same time, with smoldering wood, charcoal and liquorice, salt & pepper… You can almost chew this one!

Medium long finish, but very balanced with an uppercut of vanilla at the death.

This blended malt truly is more than just the sum of its parts. Value for money. It is yours for 160 EUR. I did not doubt and got me two bottles. Bring on a cold winter!


cricklewood commented

So it seems another great blend from Diageo it seems, when they have such a superb line-up of components it must make the task easier.

I look forward to sampling this if it makes it to our shores.

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RikS commented

Tried this one at the recent LWS. Enjoyed it and it was fascinating. Kind of "hi each and everyone of you guys that I know separately, but never saw you play footie as a team ". I found it quite pricey though. Does anyone know details of the content components? I'm not saying it's a blend of 6 expressions at £50/bottle each bumped to £130 when they're 70cl combined, I'm just wondering..

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