Thursday, 31 October 2019

Cask Islay (A.D. Rattray) Review

Hi everyone,

Random review I’d skipped over today.
Another one of those mystery Islay’s that many people do. This particular version comes to us from A.D. Rattray and I found it in Majestic here in the UK.

Cask Islay 46%
Colour: E150a
Body: Full
Nose: Oily, earthy and citrusy. Very Lagavulin. Lime, lemon, burnt caramel, peat fires.
Taste: Very oily and citrusy. Lemon, lime, burnt caramel and toffee, strong peat smoke, sappy oak. Burning hay and malt.
Finish: Medium length. Sappy oak and peat smoke.
When I first tried this I thought it was definitely Lagavulin. Quite young but great at 46%, better than the 16yo I thought!
Now heard last year that it is in fact Caol Ila these days, and probably was then too.
74/100

Thanks for reading!

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