Advent Day 8 – A.D. Rattray Cask Islay Single Malt | Blog #40

Ahhh … the start of a new week. So full of possibilities and another chance to really make a difference in other peoples lives.

I know that I have been able to make a difference in yours by bringing you this fun filled month and 25 whiskies that 99% of you have not tried before. (We will talk about the solitary whisky that has previously been available later).

What better way to start a new week than with another visit to the home of all things peaty.

Whisky: A.D. Rattray Cask Islay single malt

*46% non-chill filtered*

This is actually batch two for whiskies bottled under the “Cask Islay” title by A. D. Rattray. The first offering was a blended malt and I did a tasting on it a while ago in Blog # 22 entitled NAS (non-age statement) whiskies. You can read up on that after. For now we are looking at a completely different animal.

A. D. Rattray Cask Islay A. D. Rattray Cask Islay

Colour: The last rays of a Winter sunset

Nose: Roasting Peat and a touch of a nurse’s hospital kit (see blog # 23)

Taste: Freshly laid bitumen gets it all going with some drag strip tire tracks right down the middle. Sweetness peeks its nose in with pieces of dark kettle corn finishing with salty smoke.

Finish: Some fruit finally shows it self on the long finish with just a hint of pear. Earthy peat pervades and continues on and on. This is a yummy, naughty, dirty, dirty dram.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

Young Islay whiskies have really led the way for the rest of Scotland in showing consumers that young can still mean balance and complexity.

New distilleries like Kilchoman have found cult status with very young whisky and Ardbeg that has received some extremely lofty accolades in recent times has predominantly bottled very young non-age statement versions.

This is our first and only Non Age Statement whisky in the 1st Edition Calendar. It felt fitting for me in taking you on a complete journey that we showcased what is fast becoming a market changing trend so that you can all experience for yourselves how good NAS can be.

After another rewarding hit for you peat heads and to appease those that feel like your head is about to implode fear not. Tomorrow we embark on a journey to a well known Distillery with a very different take on their usual flavor profile.

See you all on the morrow


A. D. Rattray Website


  1. Chad Yaeck says:

    Nose; I got dry grasses, and some sort of sterile doctor office scent (Nurse’s hospital kit I assume without the hospital trip 🙂 ) and something sweet like somehow.
    Taste: "Drag Strip"! I love it Jonathan… I took that as relating to a nose full of re-taring a flat roof. I got a bit of bitter flower petal, and cream or is that buttery oil. But absolutely an earthy peat as you said above.

    Even though I have been drinking scotch for a few years I am still so new at attempting to dissect a drams nuances…a rather profound lack of vocabulary is the result. I am, however, already amazed at after just 8 tastings here and attempting to focus on the details, and reading others descriptions and trying to find them myself, how much it has changed my perception of other whiskey’s I own and previously tasted many times. I am tasting things in them that I did not before.

    This is such a great way to expand ones whisky experience not to mention a great way to find new favourites to add to the collection; managed to track down a couple for further future enjoyment. Thanks again…

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