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Cask Islay (A.D. Rattray)

(70cl, 46%)

Cask Islay (A.D. Rattray)

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Cask Islay Bottling Note

Cask Islay is a small batch single malt Scotch whisky from an unnamed Islay distillery, bottled by A. D. Rattray, who have a bit of a history with excellent independent bottlings. This tasty rascal was matured in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry hogsheads, but who did it come from? Mystery! Suspense! Yummy, smoky whisky laden with fruit notes! Cask Islay has got it all!

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Rich peat, candied orange peels and a light breeze of coastal air.

Palate: Fresh orange and honeyed barley notes, surrounded by peat smoke. Quite oily. A hint of crumbly sea-side fudge glows in the centre.

Finish: Sweet apple and light smoke lasts on the long finish.

Overall: Delicious. Some classic Islay notes that will have you racking your brain for "Where did I taste that before?"

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Cask Islay (A.D. Rattray) Reviews

Racking my brains

Like the overall notes. I'm wracking my brain to figure out what distillery this is. Just small sample of yhis and it's blown me away.

Can't stop dreaming of it. Such a good whisky

19th March 2023

Very good

For me it is up there with the big Islay brands (Laphroaig 10, Caol Ila 12, Ardbeg 10 ). Definitely better than Finlaggan or even Talisker 10 (which is a pale shadow of the former itself)
Strong peat, sweetness, 46 % ABV, and if coloured then not so much (like Talisker or Bowmore). Highly recommended,
I would buy again

10th December 2022

One of the best I’ve had in a while

Smooth, sweet and peaty. Lagavulin - I think!?

30th July 2022

October 9th ,2020

Not bad at all smooth and easy to drink a fair dram at the price cheers

9th October 2020

Well done.

Nicely done. I tasted this first while visiting A.D. Rattray in Scotland. I was very happy to find a bottle when I returned to the US. I read this is 35 ppm. Likely Caol Ila or Lagavulin (I think!).

16th October 2019

time to ponder!

Again, At the start it took a very long time to get into the bottle as all i got was huge amount of smoke and some peat with a weird second pallet taste i couldnt put my finger on!

But then after letting it air(few months), it suddenly changed into an incredibly well balanced dram. Just a perfect amount of peat v smoke with a lovely fruity, vanilla and sweet taste that has a long finish.
Excellent dram!!!

10th July 2019

Well worth it

A gorgeous whisky, like a Lagavulin but more high notes to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

26th April 2019

A smooth and tasty whisky excellent for the price!

Pale straw colour.Strong notes of orange with peppery honeyed sweetness.Slight astringency with strong hints of smoke and some salt.Slight afterburn on the tongue but smooth finish.A good single malt.

8th April 2019

A Calvados gone wrong.

The light smoke finish the tasting notes mention is actually a strong hot burn that hurts my throat and disturbs the flavour balance. I don't know about the other bottles, but mine doesn't taste as if it was skillfully distilled.

22nd January 2019


This is, in my humble opinion, an overtly peated experiment at Bunnahabhain that turns out to have a similar taste to Laphroaig without being it (lack of tar notes). First A.D Rattray bottles Bunnahabhain and have a good relationship there, the distillery probably didn’t think the results would align with the house tasting profile and flushed the project away , selling the casks to Rattray. The smoking gun might be the subtle vanilla signature of Bunnahabhain toward the finish, which is quite persistent. Who cares what it is, it’s excellent!

17th January 2019

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