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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!
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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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
extremely mellow, smooth, and aromatic scotch--highly desirable, "ultimate dram!"
14th August 2016
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
Very much in the tradition of the area, not unlike lagavulin, and a definite re-buy!
29th January 2016
Definitely like an ArdbegNo where near the beauty and complexity of Caol IlaStill 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
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
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
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