The final post from the tweet tasting from AD Rattray is the best in my opinion. The sister expression to the previous sherry edition is this bourbon edition. Available at some point in 2020 there is quite a wait until you can get a bottle but trust me it will be worse it.

The whisky which will make up this release is still in casks in bond so the sample I am trying here is an indication of what the final product will be. The sample I tried was 59.5% ABV and natural colour and strength with an unknown price tag but remember that sherry cask is rrp’ing at 65 pounds so hopefully this will be another bargain.

Tasting Notes


Colour – almost clear

Nose – its all about that dry ashen peat smoke. exotic fruits are there as well are more more orchard fruits of apples and pears from the underlying spirit.

Palate – The texture is thick and the smoke is even thicker. This is a real smoky smoky whisky.

Finish – To go with the thick texture is a lingering tobacco ashen finish. This is one of those whiskies which stays with you the whole night.

Final Thoughts

This whisky is great and a real fun intense experience. These Cask Islays are all great so pick any of them up if you can. Sure they are young and yes they are full of peat but that doesn’t detract from the value proposition. If you want a massive peat experience at cask strength but don’t want to spend the (mental) money for Octomore then pick up a Cask Islay today.

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