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CASK FORCE – Sanremo, Night 1: Cladach (2018, OB, 57,1%)

Regular as a flu at the beginning of a holiday, a mistake of your team’s goalkeeper during the derby or a dirty story shared at the pub, Sanremo Festival has come again this year. This brave whiskyblog is proud to ignore it. And quoting Fred Buscaglione – patron saint of every whisky lover -, we come up with some alternatives to the musical show. Five malts (completely random, like the singers competing in the Festival) to enjoy, avoiding to spend your nights in front of the tv. Well, if your wife is going to force you to watch it, you can relieve the infinite boredom just sipping your drams.

Cladach (Diageo Special Release 2018, 57,1%)

The Vessicchio’s orchestra all together. It’s a blended malt in the footsteps of the Collectivum XXVIII, but more consistent and convincing. Inchgower, Clynelish, Oban, Talisker, Lagavulin and Caol Ila are involved in the symphony. So we’re expecting a peaty brass and iodine strimgs. From the beginning a nice aroma of bonfire, whiffs of sea-breeze and a minty/medicinal nose (aniseed). Later, a gorgeous, sweet fruit: stewed apples, pineapple and candied lemon. Even beewax, and curious note of methan, like you’d have decided to kill yourself in your car before listening to Il Volo’s performance.

On the palate is salty, very deep and even creamy. The peatiness is here, but that’s not all, we’re not singing an easy canzonetta. You need a PhD to fully understand it. We stopped at primary school, so we can only recognize some blackberries, a hint of raspberry vinegar and a tasty creaminess, like salty licorice. With water (which is not necessary), some orange and kummel pop up.

The finish is consinstent with the tasting experience: tasty again, in the middle between corned beef and peanuts brittle. 

The olfactive intro gets your attention, but the evolution on the palate really blows your mind. It’s succulent and muscular, like an Islay juice with the honey/waxy touch of Clynelish. It’s the underdog – often these releases are a bit too much focused on marketing – conquering the podium. 90/100.

Recommended sanremese soundtrack: Enrico Ruggeri – Mistero (Sanremo 1993, primo posto).

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