Cask Islay (AD Rattray)
At the Glasgow whisky festival in November I tried a sample of this from the A D Rattray stand. I will admit at first I was a little bit sceptical about this NAS from Islay, could it match up to Islay name? The answer is yes of course, this was first produced as a blended malt it became a single malt last January and it really provides the classic Islay DNA at a very reasonable price.
The question remains which mystery Distillery is the Cask Islay from? Logic would tell you Bowmore given A D Rattray links to that distillery and given the zesty citrus flavours. There is nagging memory of Caol Ila on the palate with what I reckon is its youth, perhaps 6-8 years old, but I may be totally wrong. Its a great bottle of Islay, so why not try it, and you can pick up a bottle from Master of Malt
Classic Islay, Sea, salt and fire on the beach at first, has an added zesty citrus freshness.
As with the nose you are hit with the burning embers of a beach fire,still with an influence of the sea. A firey oilness comes through as the age of the spirit has plenty of fight.
The finish was dry and was a lovely embering taste of Islay.