||First-fill ex-bourbon, refill American oak, refill European oak, Ex-sherry European oak|
||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Blend of malts from Clynelish, Inchgower, Oban, Talisker, Caol Ila, and Lagavulin|
This is a relative rarity in the Diageo Special releases - a blended malt. This one is focused on coastal distilleries, hoping to convey a general maritime character. “Cladach” means shoreline.
Batch: Diageo Special Releases 2018
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2018
What a nice whisky! The nose starts with toffee, mixed spice, a touch of sulphur, smoke, roasted meat, light tropical notes, washed-up seaweed, vanilla, and a touch of rubber. Slightly floral, too. The palate blooms with smoke, charred chickpeas, a kick of tropical fruit, and a touch of youth that works really well with its untamed presence. The lagavulin in it is just beautifully integrated. It is phenomenal at cask strength - it starts sweet, goes oily and tropical, then ashy, and fruity. The finish has rock pools, vanilla, clove, and cedar. It is very nice.
Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Very Low (based on $312 - though you might get a better deal)