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An AD Rattray Cask Experiment with Pulteney Review

octave series The awesome whisky magicians at AD Rattray have been doing some experimentation with some casks of Arran, Pulteney and Bunnahabhain, keeping some it as is, and then splitting the rest over four 50 litre octaves made especially for AD Rattray from casks that previously held PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja Wine and Rum.

the reviews of all 5 in this series are below, i really liked the Bourbon cask, the PX and the Rioja (shock horror) but i still think the original bourbon cask is more to my tastes but there's definitely a huge change in character by finishing even for the short period of time these have been (around 5 months).

Pick this up from the official A D Rattray website here.

Thanks to AD Rattray for the official sample.

Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Oloroso Sherry Octave Finish (AD Rattra Review

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Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Oloroso Sherry Octave Finish (AD Rattray) The second of four of the octave finishes in this series of Pulteney drams from AD Rattray is this Oloroso Sherry Octave Finish. The awesome whisky magicians at AD Rattray have been doing some experimentation with some casks of Arran, Pulteney and Bunnahabhain, keeping some it as is, and then splitting the rest over four 50 litre octaves made especially for AD Rattray from casks that previously held PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja Wine and Rum.

The oloroso has really wiped the floor from the original, none of the tasty tropical fruits are here, it’s gone all tame and nutty, and none of the good stuff in the bourbon cask is here, for me its made it too flat and one dimensional, definitely not for me this one.

Keep an eye out over the rest of the week for the others in this series

Pick this up from the official A D Rattray website here.

Thanks to AD Rattray for the official sample.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Very light and gentle, a real light hint of crushed mixed nuts mainly cashews and corn flakes, light nutty notes and hints of light hints of Dundee cake, and Madeira cake. Again the original tropical fruit and vanilla notes are hidden.

Palate

Very light, more Madeira cake and light gentle Dundee cake slices, corn flakes and more crushed nuts, this is light, it’s subdued the notes from the bourbon casks and added a light edge of oriental spices to the tip of the tongue.

Finish

Dundee cake and crushed mixed nuts, cashews coming out strongly

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Oloroso Sherry Octave Finish (AD Rattra
Age: 10
ABV: 56.00
Distiller: Old Pulteney
Bottler: AD Rattray
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland
Posted: 04/07/2018 by Tom

Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project PX Sherry Octave Finish (AD Rattray) Review

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Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project PX Sherry Octave Finish (AD Rattray) ) The first of the octave finishes in this series of Pulteney drams from AD Rattray. The awesome whisky magicians at AD Rattray have been doing some experimentation with some casks of Arran, Pulteney and Bunnahabhain, keeping some it as is, and then splitting the rest over four 50 litre octaves made especially for AD Rattray from casks that previously held PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja Wine and Rum.

The PX Sherry has covered all of those tasty tropical fruit and vanilla notes from the bourbon and eased out some of the spice and tang, the lemony notes have gone all strawberry jam and the spices have gone sweeter like cinnamon infused demerera sugar.

This is sweet and fruity, lots of jam notes, then liquorice and doughy scones, seriously tasty stuff and I’m not sure whether I prefer this or the original bourbon barrel, both seriously tasty.

Keep an eye out over the rest of the week for the others in this series

Pick this up from the official A D Rattray website here.

Thanks to AD Rattray for the official sample.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Wow this is really different from the bourbon barrel, hints of black jacks and liquorice first with fruity strawberry jam notes, edges of sugary sweetness, and light oak leaf sauce.

Palate

Fruity strawberry jam scones and more of that black jack/liquorice note, this is light and has masked all the tropical fruit and vanilla, it’s got more summer berry jam notes in there, seriously tasty

Finish

Summer berry jam, sweet fruits, some doughy scones.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project PX Sherry Octave Finish (AD Rattray)
Age: 10
ABV: 57.50
Distiller: Old Pulteney
Bottler: AD Rattray
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland
Posted: 03/07/2018 by Tom

Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rioja Octave Finish (AD Rattray) Review

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Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rioja Octave Finish (AD Rattray) The third of four of the octave finishes in this series of Pulteney drams from AD Rattray is this Rioja wine Octave Finish. The awesome whisky magicians at AD Rattray have been doing some experimentation with some casks of Arran, Pulteney and Bunnahabhain, keeping some it as is, and then splitting the rest over four 50 litre octaves made especially for AD Rattray from casks that previously held PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja Wine and Rum for an additional 5 months.

I’m always unsure with wine finishes or matured drams and the nose had me panicking with a big tannic metallic note, but the palate is cracking its fruity, sweet, oaky and utterly delicious. I still think the bourbon cask is my favourite but this really works too

Keep an eye out over the rest of the week for the others in this series

Pick this up from the official A D Rattray website here.

Thanks to AD Rattray for the official sample.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Huge strong ABV notes from this one, lots of acetone in here that wasn’t in the original bourbon barrel, strong tannic wine notes, fruity notes of blackcurrant cordial and some tinned syrup notes, along with the metallic tin itself.

Palate

Tangy. Fruity notes of blackcurrant and blueberry straight off the bat, strong and powerful ABV hits again but the acetone and metallic notes have gone and its replaced by sweet dark fruits of plum, raisin and some dried apricots and gentle oak and a tang of saltyness.

Finish

Fruits, blackcurrant and oak notes, long and fruity.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rioja Octave Finish (AD Rattray)
Age: 10
ABV: 57.10
Distiller: Old Pulteney
Bottler: AD Rattray
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland
Posted: 05/07/2018 by Tom

Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rum Octave Finish (AD Rattray) Review

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Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rum Octave Finish (AD Rattray) The last of four of the octave finishes in this series of Pulteney drams from AD Rattray is this Rum Octave Finish. The awesome whisky magicians at AD Rattray have been doing some experimentation with some casks of Arran, Pulteney and Bunnahabhain, keeping some it as is, and then splitting the rest over four 50 litre octaves made especially for AD Rattray from casks that previously held PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja Wine and Rum for an additional 5 months.

This is interesting, yet again the cask has run roughshod over the flavours I liked from the bourbon cask but it’s very interesting and very drinkable.

Keep an eye out over the rest of the week for the others in this series

Pick this up from the official A D Rattray website here.

Thanks to AD Rattray for the official sample.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

seriously sweet and very much that rum note you expect, then acetone and beach like saltyness but very subtle other than that

Palate

Sweet and leafy, aromatic leaf and sweet demerera sugar cakes, Jamaica loaf and light white pepper spices mix with a splash of saline

Finish

Salty, peppery and ongoing sweetness.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rum Octave Finish (AD Rattray)
Age: 10
ABV: 55.80
Distiller: Old Pulteney
Bottler: AD Rattray
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland
Posted: 06/07/2018 by Tom

Pulteney 9 Year Old Octave Project Original Bourbon Barrel (AD Rattray) Review

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Pulteney 9 Year Old Octave Project Original Bourbon Barrel (AD Rattray) The awesome whisky magicians at AD Rattray have been doing some experimentation with some casks of Arran, Pulteney and Bunnahabhain, keeping some it as is, and then splitting the rest over four 50 litre octaves made especially for AD Rattray from casks that previously held PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja Wine and Rum.

This is the original cask of Pulteney which had spent 9 years in an ex bourbon barrel, this on its own is a cracking dram and full of flavour which becomes more apparent as the whisky sits in the glass.

This is my style of whisky, light and fresh yet full of complex flavours that build and tickle the palate, I’m intrigued by how the others will taste but this is a damn good dram as it is.

Keep an eye out over the rest of the week for the others in this series.

Pick this up from the official A D Rattray website here.

Thanks to AD Rattray for the official sample.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

There’s a hint of a fairground in here, touches of candy floss, lemongrass and light preserved lemons, light vanilla essence, woody tropical fruits, hard pear skins, papaya, plantains and some hints of pineapple, hints of coastal saltiness, pasta water and preserved lemon juice.

Palate

Quite tangy, salty, saline water, preserved lemons and woody lemongrass, hints of oak woodiness and more of those hard pear skins and papaya, vanilla essence and more pasta water

Finish

The vanilla and woodiness keep going with a light tang of woody citrus notes..

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Pulteney 9 Year Old Octave Project Original Bourbon Barrel (AD Rattray)
Age: 9
ABV: 58.90
Distiller: Old Pulteney
Bottler: AD Rattray
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland
Posted: 02/07/2018 by Tom





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