Cask Islay

A. D. Rattray Cask Islay

(0.75l, 46%)


7.2/10
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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.

  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Undisclosed
  • Age
    NAS

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smoky
lemon
fudge
apple
orange zest
pepper
sweet
oily
peaty
What does Cask Islay taste like?

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).

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.

Finish
Long with apple and a beach campfire aroma.

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Ratings & Reviews
ALEXIS
ALEXIS,
Very Smokey and ashy. A little too ashy for my taste.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Great flavor. Good level of smokiness. A little sharp. Get a very earthy taste the made me think of Scotland immediately.
 
Tom
Tom,
Did not enjoy as much as i thought. The smoky tones in this one remind of of ash, vs sweet smoky wood. The ashtray overtone was off putting to me.
 
George
George,
Smooth, brine, light but smoky
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Solid, not big on the smoke
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Well rounded and smoothly warming
 
Bob
Bob,
I got a sample of this in the Flavors of Scotch Vol. 2 Tasting Box and I'd definitely buy a bottle of this if it was available. Citrus notes on the nose, quite peaty (as you'd expect from an Islay Scotch). Reminiscent of Caol Ila but not quite as good.
 
Chris
Chris,
Smooth and the right amount of smoke
 
Tod
Tod,
A little ice mellows the big hit of smoke at the front. Not enough citrus or other notes behind it, but still balanced and tasty.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
This is pretty one dimensional with the smoke. It did open up after a while and add some new flavors but still not great. Not sure this is worth the price
 
James
James,
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.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
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.
 
Ariana
Ariana,
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.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
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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