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Cask Islay (A. D. Rattray)

(70cl, 46.0%)
Cask Islay (A. D. Rattray)
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(6 Reviews)

Cask Islay A D Rattray 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!

Cask Islay A D Rattray (3cl Sample)
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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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User Reviews of the Cask Islay (A. D. Rattray)

Acotck. D. Rattray, cask collection, 22 years in oak, single malt scotch, littlemill distillery

extremely mellow, smooth, and aromatic scotch--highly desirable, "ultimate dram!"

14th August 2016

Distillery ?

Who cares. All the smoky flavours a peat-head could want from a south coast Islay but delivered with the most silky soft mouth feel

10th May 2016

Steve C

Very much in the tradition of the area, not unlike lagavulin, and a definite re-buy!

29th January 2016


Definitely like an Ardbeg
No where near the beauty and complexity of Caol Ila

Still a nice Islay tho

28th January 2016


Just had a trial tot of this in my local wine warehouse.

Tastes a bit like a good Bowmore to me, could be a Caol Isla (known for un-named releases) but I like it better than their named releases; surely not Laphroigh, is it? Really?

Not too peaty not too fruity quite oakey, a good "all round" islay malt that's not been messed with over-much. If you like the idea of Islay malts but don't like the seaweed of Laphroaig or the smoke of Lagavulin it might be the one. At the time of tasting I thought I'd spend the money on another bottle of Arbeg 10yr old instead (which can be got for only a little more), but with a glass of the Arbeg in my hand right now .. I'm thinking I might get a bottle after all as it's quite different.....

19th December 2015

Beautiful value drop

Sweet on the nose. Initially I thought it was a Kilchoman cask, but unnamed sources confirmed it to be a Laphroig. Could have fooled me!

1st November 2015

Great value whisky

I am a lover of Islay malts and this comes close to one of my favourites.
Just add a drop of water, sit back and enjoy.

8th May 2014

its caol ila

Yeah it's all the funny grog that Caol Ila have left in their casks, and a bloke sold it to a blender, and its turned out a nice blend!

28th April 2014

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