Back in 2007 when Dewar Rattray bottles were flooding the local market in their monotonous, dull packaging, they were expensive. Even if they weren’t expensive, there was a sea of choices at that price point. IB’s, OB’s, dead distilleries... I bet anything 21 years and under was less than $300 (Canadian). It’s easy to see why they didn’t sell. Fast forward a decade of incredible growth in the industry and now these boring old Rattray’s have gained a noticeable layer of dust on the lid. The amount of bottles released in 2019 on the shelf that are $300+ is astounding. Especially when you consider in some cases what is really in the bottle. Now 12 years later people don’t want to take a gamble on an unknown Rattray that everyone assumes is there for a reason. This is where I come in; a belated Dewar Rattray unofficial ambassador of sorts. Now you can’t be naive in the dusty game, there are definitely turds out there, so it always comes down to a risk/reward situation. You could also argue that I’m really not that smart, and you would probably be justified to think so, but I get great enjoyment out of it. I digress...
Thoughts: 89/100 If the nose was a little more cohesive it could have been scratching 90. Maybe it will develop with some air in the bottle, since it’s still newly opened, but a promising start! You would not be against this if you like bourbon matured Clynelish. An eccentric malt that’s right up my alley. Quite like this one, bordering 2 bottle territory.
Edit: up a point, getting better with air time.
Nose: (87) A fairly present alcohol note, grass, plaster/putty, acrylic, something that faintly reminds me of a workshop rag (the combination of grease, dirt, cloth) honeycomb, parafin, vanilla, cardamom, turbinado sugar, pecans.
Palate: (90) Buttery mouthfeel, waxy, salted Caramel, putty, lacquer, wool, salty - sea salts. Really nice and you could be forgiven for guessing Clynelish blind.
Finish: (89) Butterscotch, latex paint, salted walnuts, wispy smoke, slightly chalky, mouthcoating and fairly long finish.