Overall rating
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
Ex-Bourbon Casks
46.0 % Vol.
30 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Jun 2018 7:50 pm by LDB

Average value

€ 69,53

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105 × member ratings

199 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cask Orkney 18-year-old DR

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.15 points

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park meets Littlemill - with the fine range of flavors that characterize good HP - hits my nerve very well, plus a great PLV and, above all, very delicious. For me a direct hit.
    • Nose
      a torrent, a whole basket full of vanilla pods, clover honey, lemons, freshly pressed, fresh lemon rind, grapefruit in powdered sugar, baked apples, pear compote, plums, jasmine flowers, nutmeg, freshly sawn wood, fresh hay from the flower meadow, fine smoke, some eucalyptus; everything very intense and clear and super delicious
    • Taste
      oily, powerful, nevertheless very fine and clear; Lemon juice with honey, grapefruit, freshly cut and sweetened, lots of nutmeg, vanilla, fresh brioche, jasmine tea, Earl Gray tea, olive oil, walnuts, some dark chocolate, a hint of mocha
    • Finish
      the lemon fresh stays in the nose, mouth and throat for a long time, as well as the sweet jasmine with vanilla and honey and nutmeg ... as well as the olive oil and walnuts, now as walnut oil, and also a little clove of hay ... and finally eucalyptus hangs in the nose ... great class

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] This release scored very high in the most recent "Whisky Magazine" tasting with 90 points from Rob and 92 points from Lyndsey. So I am very curious if my own taste buds confirm these high scores or support the rather low ratings here at WB...

    ...and they are in line with the average-only scores here at WB, unfortunately. This is an easy drinkable but not very interesting dram that offers just very little of the usual excellent Highland Park profile. It is fairly priced given its average-only quality - but what did both experts of the "Whisky Magazine" find in there to score it 90+ points? Another good reason to just rely on your own taste and not on that of so-called experts...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers the profile of a rather exhausted cask that did not contribute a lot to the whisky. There are some fruits (pineapples), some oils and shy honeys within a chalky-mineral setting. No off-notes but not very impressive, too. In a blind setting I never ever would have guessed this is a HP...
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is a little better on sweet sugars, some light peaty (bonfire) and maritime notes. Later some spices kick in with a nice salty touch. It is not complex but delicate and again without any flaw. Easy to sip but not interesting to explore - one to drink when you do not want to focus on the drink but on something different (a good conversation, playing cards or the like). Water is a chequered affair: On one side it flattens the anyhow not very impressive dram further but on the other side it takes off the drying-astringent mouthfeel and finish which turns the whisky smoother. I like it best when reduced to about 40% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The whisky arrives warming but just very little coating on the palate with a minor drying-astringent mouthfeel (which is another typical characteristics of leached casks). The finish is of medium length with more peaty flavours that are very welcomed to enrich the taste. It gets a little drying (ashy) towards the end but this is not a big deal and it vanishes completely with the somewhat reduced dram.

  3. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      blind Sample

      Bright gold tone

      Fruity smoke and immediately lemon. Salt, cereals and mirabelle jam. The colleague is sweet, fruity. Juicy pear, vanilla and some marzipan. Something like peppermint tea and sage-sweet.
      With some time in the glass, when the smoke softens, more flowery notes and wood come through. The alcohol does not stand out. Goes well with it. Nice nose. I like it…
    • Taste
      Strong smoky start. Spice immediately relents. Something bitter oak. And then honey comes with vanilla and also in the taste of the marzipan. Fresh, juicy mirabelle plums and a little tart chocolate.
      At the second sip, the smoke goes back a bit. But is still fully at the start. Now more sour apple and then honey again. Nice oily mouthfeel. A few bitter herbs also want to play along. The alcohol beats something on the tongue.
      I give Noma after. I'll shoot the 10cl tonight.
    • Finish
      Nice smoky and long. A bit of bitterness and spiciness before the oily - sweet paste the entire mouth.

  4. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior


    Vanilla pods in honey, sugared grapefruit slices, baked apple, very intense


    Citrus fruits with some peat, but above all sweet and spicy honey. Interesting mixture.


    Maritime and slightly smoky, with soft oak and sweet lemon juice


    A true islander, a tad rough and peaty, but with a kind heart. ;)

    I  like it because it is something completely different and very good value for money, especially when you compare it to other Orkney bottlings....
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. mullos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Review from "whiskyfun.com"
    A single malt. Indeed, in theory, this could as well be the much lighter Scapa. What’s reassuring is that this was ‘Created to celebrate the Neolithic folklore of Orkney’. Are they this old-fashioned up there? Colour: white wine. Nose: a fresher style again, closer to the wash and to the earth, with these medicinal touches again, clay and chalk, beach sand, seaweed, grass smoke, roots (gentian!) and lemon peel. I don’t know any whisky enthusiast who wouldn’t like this. Not this humble taster, for sure. Mouth: this is very smart. Perfect coastal/grassy smokiness, some bitter herbs, lemon peel, fresh walnuts, and once again hints of artichoke. A lot of bitter citrus too, and even a wee touch of sea salt. Very good. Finish: quite long, salty and grassy, with more fresh walnuts. Comments: I’m sorry but it’s the Viking Pride, only with rather less cask influence. And I don’t think it’s very expensive (no it’s not, 70€) But could it be Scapa? Nah, it ought to be the other one…
    SGP:462 - 88 points.

  6. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A worthy representative of his distillery with respectable age and good price. 88P
    • Nose
      Many tannins, dry earth. Mint, lemon, summer blossom honey. Plant sections, distant kräutriger smoke. Resin, musty old tools. Grape seeds.
    • Taste
      Strong tingling onset, lemon, earth, hot campfire smoke. Still strong, a lot of volume. Ripe apples, plant sections with more soil, hot pebbles in the sun. Underbrush in coniferous forest, resin, fir honey. Spice cabinet.
    • Finish
      First fresh, mint, lemon, then always dry, warm, earth, freshly sawn wood, dry sawdust, (a little too) old black coffee. Medium long, and towards the end too dry for my taste.

  7. theograph scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice soft and oily, very nice maritime character, also sweet.
    • Nose
      Maritime, wet stones, seaweed, lemon, salt, heather, herbs, fish
    • Taste
      Oily and soft, subtle smoke, salt, coast, lemon, herbs, sweet and maritime, oak, slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      Fresh, maritime, fish with salt and lemon, slightly bitter.

  8. Tobi83P scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    In the taste and finish you also notice the age. Do not be fooled by your first impression in the nose. Really benefits enormously from the breathing in the bottle. I liked it several times a lot better than on the first try.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first very reserved. Benefit enormously from breathing in the bottle after the first few drams are out. Citrus, so the direction mango / peach. Hay, maybe a bit of honeydew melon. Smoke I take, depending on the form of the day clearly true, then again hardly.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Here much more intense than in the more subtle aroma. Nutty, strong, fruity-sweet, again the direction peach, melon, mango. The smoke is also more noticeable than in the nose
    • Finish
      89 89
      Really surprisingly long-lasting. Go down very leisurely and stay warm. Oak and a slight Nussigkeit comes then also noticeable after the citrus fruit and remains at the end.

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Ultra fresh nose:, maritime, smoky, salty, creamy, slightly sharp, citrusy, bready-doughy, lactic / yeasty, weirdly vegetal with aromas of assorted greens (string beans, spinach, artichoke) and bright fruitiness (pear skins, sugared grapefruits, lime juice). Precious little cask influence on the nose apart from some rather indefinite spice notes (perhaps cumin or poppyseed). With time, honey and apricot make an appearance. Noses younger than 18 years for sure.

    Taste: everything from the nose. Salinity, citrus, smoke, spices. Lovely but not a lot of cask presence. Tad bitter in the aftertaste. Or you could say: extra dry. Creamier, oilier mouthfeel than recent OB‘s. Custard and yoghurt. It's a summer whisky for those of us who do appreciate smoke but don't feel like torpedoing a breezy summer night with a Laphroaig- or Ardbeg-style smoke monster. Campfire on the beach, if you will, plus the sea breeze and ocean spray, and perhaps even some cigarette smoke (roll-ups, not factory-made, you dig?).

    This is truly an exercise in subtractive rather than additive maturation, so go for this one if you're looking for a bottle of HP that displays aged distillery character rather than a lot of active cask influence.

  10. sealgair scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A beautiful unnamed HP, reminiscent of the old 18s. Vanilla, honey, nut, again really heather-root and with a soft-smoky finish.


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