Cask Islay Sherry Edition DR

Overall rating
84.90/100
votes
112
Whiskybase ID
WB146300
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Sherry Edition
Casktype
Sherry
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
59.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060056923055
Added on
10 jan 2020 10:20 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 93.66

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Whisky reviews for Cask Islay Sherry Edition DR

24 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.90 points.

  1. rpvdwel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Retasting after 6 months. The sherry influence is now much more evident and is almost in harmony with the smoke. Nice walnut notes and some cocoa both on the nose and on the palate.

  5. Holzwurm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Young and wild, needs time and water, solid but not very interesting, sherry very subtle, rather bitter and edgy, not sweet, you can have tried it, but you won't miss anything if not.
    • Nose
      85 85
      out fire, briquette, apple, lemon, new wooden furniture, sawdust
    • Taste
      84 84
      Ash, lemon, grapefruit, mustard seed, bay leaf
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, soot, cold chimney, somewhat grassy, mineral, grapefruit juice, caraway seeds

  7. Rémonh scored this whisky 36 points Newbie

    This is too smoky for me.
    I don't like the aftertaste either.

  8. Svarttt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Needs air in the open bottle, initially hardly any sherry cask influence. Anyone looking for a balanced dram will not be happy here. You can tell from his youth. Wild and impetuous. But those who like to play with water and who like strong young smokers with sherry will get their money's worth.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A young sherry nose with a distinct presence of smoke. The alcohol is noticeable but the barrel strength only really hits the palate.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Strong, sweet, spicy, with strong alcohol. With more water, it is significantly more peaty and bitter.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Depending on the dilution, a dry, rather bitter peat remains

  9. subhero scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

  10. Collegiate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A weird one. I don’t get sherry much on this at all, as it makes me think more of a red wine cask aged peater. It definitely brings the peat, but the supposed sherry casks make this a funky and strange animal. Plus it has evolved quite considerably and I find each time I pour a glass I get different things.
    I know it is typical to assume these Cask Islays come from Caol Ila, but I’m not convinced of that here as it doesn’t have those ashy notes Caol Ila brings with such consistency. Here I get more of a sweet smoke I expect from Ardbeg. This is great, however on the finish it gets into bitterness, lemon and acidic notes that are less pleasant.
    Getting down to the end of my bottle there is actually some mustiness and sediment - certainly no chillfiltration going on here!
    I’m not in love with this bottle and I probably won’t replace it, but I am going to give the bottler points for effort as it truly is a unique peated whisky.

  11. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I thought that was cool. Straight towards the grill. Not the most complex, but what it can do it really does great and I really enjoyed it. :Top:
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Cloudy gold

      Nose:
      My first thought right away was barbecue chips and BBQ sauce. Then immediately greasy smoke and smoked paprika spice. I'll let it stand ... but this barbecue scent is really awesome.
      With a little time in the glass, the colleague looks meatier. The smoked paprika and the BBQ sauce remain. The smoke is now a little dirtier, earthier and has something of asphalt. It still needs a little time.
      Yep ... now he's a lot more maritime. Salt and earth get through better. A fruity sweetness, caramel and vanilla is discreetly hidden behind it. I like it very much.
    • Taste
      Powerful start. Immediately spicy curry and meaty. Quasi a spicy currywurst that was properly smoked. The alcohol comes through now and brings steam into the booth. It tastes a bit dry and like rye. Like a rye roll with a currywurst. It's sweeter with the second sip. Just got a picture of a grilled Snickers in my head.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Damp smoke and salty. Pleasant sweetness and again the BBQ sauce and the paprika spice.

  12. BenjaminDann scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. M134481 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Rubber, like the NAS and the bourbon, but with very sweet influences. Strawberry, honey, wood, pepper, smoke, salty sea, creme bruleé, red berries and liquorice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      BAM, full and intense. Beautiful sweet heavy Islay.

      Strawberry, red apples, honey, crème bruleé, wood, pepper, salt, smoke, red berries, black pepper, basil, Tabasco. The high ABV is not predominant.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Red apples, smoke, tart, caramel, tart, honey, pepper, sherry.

  14. Whisky-Ex scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes from a tasting with 30 participants (average of the ratings approx. 89 p.):
    smells like peach
    he is good!
    Nose for Islay rather light
    Metal cutting but no fishing port
    Taste slightly burnt ...
    smoky finish, strong ham
    A hint of black ham crust, I think the taste is good, but dark CHOCOLATE has just been added
    Scent
    Ham / rosemary :-)
    Very tasty, although the nose hadn't suggested these taste notes to me. Super
    taste
    Sweet
    after breathing a little, find it very diverse. Ham crust, but also fig, mild, pleasant finish
    I give him 89 points
    89 points from me too
    I also estimate it to be 6 up to 8y
    from me ne very good 92 points in terms of taste. very broad
    The first to significantly increase with water
    My favorite so far is a 92 points
    84 points :-)
    sweet, round. give him 90 points
    91 points
    90 points, think it's very, very tasty !!
    with some air like a burn
    90 points
    jo 89 points
    85 points

  15. grinface scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Somewhere between extremely defined and simply too much. I think that's too much for me. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/06/11/unbekanntes-islay/

  16. the_muskox scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    A real young beastie of a dram. It took a couple of additions of water to try and get past the peat assault, and the water still didn’t have that big of an effect. The spirit has totally swamped the casks. It’s just way too fiery and young. I don’t really like that much of the lactic flavour, either. Some things that I do like are the rich oily texture, nuts, and strong peppery smoke. Maybe I just haven’t had a punch-in-the-face young Islay in a little while. I wish they had had more patience with these good casks, or maybe tried something less peated. Instead, we’ve got something like an even-younger-and-spicier Kilchoman Red Wine Cask.

    Nose: Whoa, it’s very lactic and tart. Loads of cream cheese frosting and strawberry yogurt. That does calm down a bit with time though. Apricot jam and cream cheese on a toasted sesame seed bagel! There’s plenty of coastal and nutty flavours too: bonito flakes, grilled shrimp, roasted peanuts, seaweed, maybe even a bit of chlorine. Some sundried tomatoes, cinnamon, and sweet chili powder as well.
    A dribble of water has taken away much of the harsh lactic flavour, while intensifying the bass notes of rich sweetness and smoked chili.
    Another bigger dribble of water has finally allowed the sherry to come through. There’s rich dried fruit, red table grapes, holiday spices, some cured meat (mortadella?), and black pepper.

    Palate: Thick and oily texture. Sweet up front, then intensely smoky. Round, nutty, oily, carbolic smoke, with lots of soot. Olive oil, green wood, and black pepper, rounded out with honey and cereal sweetness. There’s some sherry in here, but it’s totally swamped by the peat. Some tobacco smoke on the back end.
    The water hasn’t diminished any of the intensity here. Loads of salt and black pepper with the smoke, with briny funk and, suddenly, fresh peaches towards the back.
    Even more water helps things some more, with more peaches, honeycomb, and almonds.

    Finish: Medium-short. Lactic, salty, and industrial, with more oily sooty smoke and black pepper. Still sweet: lots of salted caramel, brown sugar, and pralines. Nutty towards the back.
    The water has lengthened things a bit and has added some juicy plums and blackberries, as well as a hint of mustard and vinegar.

  17. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Pretty good whisky (it is supposed to be Caol Ila), very light in the nose, more power in the taste. But the fruitiness dominates the peat this time. The pretty high Abv is not very present, surprisingly drinkable at this strength.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Surprisingly light nose, man would expect at least some alcohol punch and/or dominant peat or smoke, but none of it to be found. Some sweet and fruity notes, with of course still some peaty part at the background.
      But not a very overwhelming nose actually.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Now things get different. Still sweet, but now some more power, some smoke and ash, but overall sweet fruity notes, this sherry cask must have been pretty active.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Logical follow up of the body, the same power, sweet and fruity notes. Not very long, some smoke and ash remain but it's not like 'an ashtray' at all.

  19. derricku scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    The embodiment of what scotch whisky is meant to be.

    From the opening and pour, to the nose and resting, this dram makes you sit up and take notice.

    As it sits, everything just keeps opening up. The peat and depth get broader and wider.

    Best appreciated over time outside under a roof in the cool rain of spring.
    • Nose
      98 98
      Maple bacon, and peat. Notes of almonds.
    • Taste
      99 99
      Punch and coffee cake with pine smoke laced with sherry and dried fruit
    • Finish
      96 96
      Strong and definitive, with the impression of a good meal.

  20. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The positive surprise of online tasting.

    Color: rich gold
    • Nose
      Smoke, sweet, slightly like stall, peach, hard sausage
    • Taste
      extremely strong, salt, square sausage, peach, wood
    • Finish
      long, dry, salt, wood, square sausage

  21. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Needs some air or a bottle that is at least a third empty. Then a nice sherry smoke bomb for a good price. Tolerates some water.
    • Nose
      Bacon-like smoke, smoked ham, paprika-peanut flips, maritime sea air, black pepper, seaweed, sherry notes behind. Over time, sweetness of dried dates.
    • Taste
      Strong start, peanut flips, some spiciness, white pepper, chilli, peat smoke. Then red berries, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Relatively long, at the beginning still sherry, then the smoke and ashes remain.

  22. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Young but pretty solid; the extra effort that apparently went into sourcing the sherry casks pays off.

    However, when confronted with peated bottlings like this, I always ask myself the same question: why would I pay more for this young cask-strength stuff than for a bottle of Lagavulin 16, with its infinitely larger degrees of harmony, depth and complexity?
    • Nose
      87 87
      Farmy, greasy, earthy. Smoked peanuts and bacon. Young, yeasty, and brash, but not too much so. Solidly sherried with a dusty edge. No first-fill, wet-cask bullshit, but nicely reserved and softly fruity refill Oloroso aromas.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Pretty aggressive, needs dilution badly. Still a lot of roast peanuts and soft red berries. Water brings out more of the juicy, fruity and pretty flawless sherry notes. The peated spirit is less impressive on the tongue than on the nose though. Here, the youth is more palpable.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long enough, with earthy peat. A bit hollow though, hinting at the young age of the spirit.

  23. Andara scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Peanuts! Lots of peanuts! A little burned plastic on the side.

  24. kuirisu scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Sharp in the nose, piercing. Speckled with (much) water. After 15 minutes a sweetie.

    Taste: ashes, ashes, burning. With water and time, the malt then catches. Not creamy on the tongue, rather strong on the sour side. The fruit of the finish has no chance when you get bright fruits, then as a torrent in the palate - pop and gone. The aromas are not interwoven with me.

    Drops to the back quickly, flat, almost pappig.

    Yes, you want to feel the whims, you also have the fruit. Price is still fair. But in total ... more for effect drinkers

  25. kuirisu scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Sharp in the nose, piercing. Speckled with (much) water. After 15 minutes a sweetie.

    Taste: ashes, ashes, burning. With water and time, the malt then catches. Not creamy on the tongue, rather strong on the sour side. The fruit of the finish has no chance when you get bright fruits, then as a torrent in the palate - pop and gone. The aromas are not interwoven with me.

    Drops to the back quickly, flat, almost pappig.

    Yes, you want to feel the whims, you also have the fruit. Price is still fair. But in total ... more for effect drinkers

  26. MatzeW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Needs time to breathe.

    Then comes cookie dough followed by campfire.
    At first a bit sprittig but calmer with time. The sherry comes out well and harmonizes with the smoke. Very nice combination at the price.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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