Cladach 2018 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl
The first-ever master blend of whiskies from six famous Diageo coastal single malt distilleries: Caol Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Oban, Inchgower and Talisker. A gloriously pleasing and affirming whisky that captures the character of coastal malts perfectly.
Full gold with amber lights.
Medium to firm.
Extremely smooth, with maritime aromas of salt, warm sand, seaweed and varnish that surround a vinous central core, on a peppery base. Rapidly opens into richer notes of honey, lemon and fruit cake. Cooling, with fresh mint and beeswax; then lighter, with sea-air, a floral note and glimpses of smoke. Mildly drying. Later, warm malted cereal, then spearmint and a trace of olive brine.
Instantly pleasing, with a taste to match the nose: salty after a lightly sweet start, with faint fruity and oily notes. A smoky warmth, rich in honey and citrus notes. Then sweet, grainy, caramel notes, soft fresh mint and liquorice.
Fabulously pungent, spicy and warming, with a beautiful balance of smoke, cereal and chewy tannins. Orange skin and salt; then late vanilla. Highly compelling and precisely balanced throughout.