Cask Islay Vatting #1 A.D. Rattray

by Oliver Klimek on April 21, 2012


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Peat smoke, vanilla, lemon zest, hints of pineapple and pears.
Palate: Strong peat, vanilla, sugar, a mild fruitiness, hints of ginger and pepper.
Finish: Long, smoky and slightly sweet.
Overall: A.D. Rattray’s take on the young nameless peat monster trend, not bad but maybe a bit too young for my taste.

Rating: 83/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

Scored blind for the Malt Maniacs Awards 2011 – Re-tasted for notes

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Florin October 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

Oliver, what’s your guess as to the source of this whisky? The AD Rattray website says it’s mostly from a single distillery (a “teaspooned” whisky?) I am hoping it’s Laphroaig, but the nose and taste say Ardbeg. I have a strange physical intolerance to Ardbeg, so that would be bad news for me.


Oliver Klimek October 27, 2012 at 7:37 am

I usually don’t join the speculations about what is in a bastard malt. I don’t see the point in it. It is not a blind tasting where you can see afterwards if your guess was right (it will be wrong most of the times anyway).

What do you mean by physical intolerance? Do you get an allergic reaction? If you get itchy skin or heartburn from Ardbeg, then you should be able to detect it. If it is psychology only, get over with it. You don’t have to be afraid to like a whisky that is from a distillery you don’t like, you will not know it for sure anyway.


Florin October 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thanks for the quick reply – nothing like blogging about whisky on a Saturday morning 🙂 The best way to describe it is that it triggers a gag reflex of sorts. It makes me sick to the stomach. It’s relatively mild, but obvious. And it’s not psychosomatic: I had it with my first bottle of Ardbeg 10 (when I wanted to like it), I had it sampling their various whiskies at the distillery, again, without any prejudice, and I rediscovered it years later having sampled the Big Peat, before learning that it has Ardbeg in it. I survived the Cask Islay so far, so maybe it’s Laphroaig after all, by my test…


Florin May 11, 2013 at 1:48 am

I just realized that the name is trying to give us a hint: Cask Islay – Caol Isla. Very ashy, though…


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