Cask Islay

A. D. Rattray Cask Islay

(0.75l, 46%)


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The mystery of the spirit is very cool, but it’s the flavor that will win your heart.

A. D. Rattray has been an independent bottler of Whisky since 1868. Since those early times they have distributed dozens of classic malt Whisky brands and created a few of their own, sourced from the smaller boutique distilleries of Scotland. They are not only an independent distributor and bottler, they are also historians and keepers of the Whisky faith via their “Whisky Experience” facility in South Ayrshire.

These days their house brands include the uniquely re-born and revitalized Stronachie, Cask Islay, Bank Note, and their famous Cask Collection series of specially sourced individual barrels of Scotland’s most famous single-malts.

The first thing that you need to know about Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch is that the distillery is a trade secret. What they mean by that is that they are able to skim five to ten barrels of super-premium Single Malt from one of the most prominent distilleries on Islay — again, they won’t say who — and then deliver each limited edition as Cask Islay. The mystery of the spirit is very cool, but it’s the flavor that will win your heart. Aged in exBourbon and ex-Sherry casks, this dram is a fine example of everything good about Islay Whiskies — fruit-forward, complex, a perfect 46% ABV, and with just enough flavorful smoke to let you know where it came from. And it has won a recent string of gold medals to prove the point.

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    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The peat smoke is almost buttery with orange zest and sea spray

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Oily texture with smoked granola, Meyer lemon, and fudge

Long with apple and a beach campfire aroma

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Ratings & Reviews
Very smoky/peaty. I enjoy Islay single malts quite a bit, and this one decidedly so, but I felt like the peat kind of overpowered anything else. It did mellow with a bit of distilled water. Next time, I may add a couple drops of Kentucky limestone water, see if that brings out any flavors differently.
With so many excellent Islay single malts, it is a tough row to hoe. I just bought Ardbeg's An Oa and it is so much more interesting than this offering.
Oily, smoky, northern forests, a delicious burn--all of these meant in the best way possible. It was a very physical taste and I loved it. I am an Islay/peaty fan and this was absolutely an enjoyable experience for me that I would recommend.
It was okay. Not great, but certainly not bad. More subtle than a Laphroaig, but still peaty. I expected a little more of the scotch burn in the bak of my throat, which it did not produce. Again, very drinkable but nothing that rocked my world.
Solid scotch. It was my first adventure with one of the more peaty/smoky scotch's out there and initially found it overpowering given the overwhelming peat flavor. However, after throwing in an ice sphere and giving it another shot it actually grew on me. For those who like the peaty/smoky scotch's coming out of Islay this has a nice full flavor. I did find myself enjoying it after a little dilution from the ice and think that it would be a perfect sipper on a brisk fall day/evening given it's smoky finish.
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