This expression is a joint effort of AD Rattray and K and L Wines. I have had great experiences with AD Rattray so far. Some of my comments about AD Rattray and a little bit of its history are here. K and L wines, which spirits selection is spear headed by David Driscoll is one of my go to places for whisky. With David at the helm of the spirits purchasing K and L has been able to offer several great single cask bottlings of whisk(e)y and at an even greater price. As soon as I caught wind of this release I immediately placed my pre-order – I did not want to miss out!
Distilled: December 15, 1982
Bottled: June 15, 2010
Cask Number: 5873
Cask Type: Bourbon
Color – pale gold with a hint of orange.
Nose – Bourbon, dusty, cola, orange, the alcohol is very restrained here, sweet malty notes. It did take some time for the nose to open up. I let it sit for about 20 minutes, checking it every once in awhile. With water it opens up and is more expressive. Green apples, honey and floral notes come out now.
Palate – A lot bigger than the nose led on, the alcohol really comes through when neat, malty, a slightly synthetic burnt plastic/rubber note, dark spices, tongue numbing, very restrained when neat though. Maybe some water will help? With water a lot better. Spicy, a crisp sweetness, the darker spices and some tobacco leaves start to come through. That synthetic taste is still there though – can’t quite place what it is.
Finish – Decently dry, sweet
Comments – This is definitely a powerful dram at cask strength. It is straight forward and not very complex. I was expecting a little more complexity from this expression given its age. Still a solid whisky. Glad I was able to pick up a 27 year old single cask bottling at a great price!