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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!

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

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


Its either Caol Ila or Lagavulin. Its too mellow to be laphroaig or Ardbeg, too intense too be bowmore. Too peated to be bruchladdich or bunahabbain and too cheap to be kilchoman.

20th September 2017


Hints like OCTOMORE 6.3,could be from BRUICHLADDICH. Doesn't like Ardbeg、Bowmore or Kilchoman. But,not important,just enjoy it.

13th January 2017

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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