Cask Islay Sherry Edition DR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Sherry Edition
Number of bottles
59.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Jan 2020 10:20 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 91.97

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Whisky Reviews for Cask Islay Sherry Edition DR

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.94 points

  1. MatzeW scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    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

  2. 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.

  3. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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

  4. 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.

  5. Andara scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 85 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. 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
      Cloudy gold

      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.


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