Caol Ila 18 y.o. Cask #11143 (A.D. Rattray) Review

Caol Ila 18 y.o. Cask #11143 (A.D. Rattray) 55.7% abv Score:  90.5/100   Good whiskies are found everywhere.  We know this because we’re constantly hunting them down and sharing the word via forums such as this.  Truly spectacular whiskies, however, are unquestionably much more scarce.  And even more elusive are truly spectacular people.  Here’s a little story of how these […]

Advent Day 24: 1999 Bowmore 14 y.o. (A.D. Rattray)

Secret Spirits Advent Calendar Day 24 – December 24th 1999 Bowmore 14 y.o. (A.D. Rattray) Cask #2261 Sherry 58.3% abv Score:  88.5/100   A whisky from the Secret Spirits Advent Calendar First Edition. We’ve had some approximation of Islay whisky in a couple of the calendar’s cubbies, but until now we’ve not yet tackled a true ‘named’ Islay […]

Advent Day 17: 1996 Glentauchers 18 y.o. (A.D. Rattray) Review

Secret Spirits Advent Calendar Day 17 – December 17th 1996 Glentauchers 18 y.o. (A.D. Rattray) Cask #1177 Sherry cask 56.1% abv Score:  89.5/100   A whisky from the Secret Spirits Advent Calendar First Edition. Told ya we weren’t done with Glentauchers, didn’t I? We had a malt from this distillery on day 13 of our advent […]

Advent Day 14: 1988 Girvan 25 y.o. (A.D. Rattray)

Secret Spirits Advent Calendar Day 14 – December 14th 1988 Girvan 25 y.o. (A.D. Rattray) Cask #79184 Lowland Grain Whisky 55.4% abv Score:  89/100   A whisky from the Secret Spirits Advent Calendar First Edition. The first Girvan I ever tried was a knee-buckling 45 year old from Clan Denny.  Part of the magic of that dram was the circumstances […]

Advent Day 11: Stronachie 18 y.o. (A.D. Rattray)

Secret Spirits Advent Calendar Day 11 – December 11th Stronachie 18 y.o. (A.D. Rattray) 46% abv Score:  87.5/100   A whisky from the Secret Spirits Advent Calendar First Edition.  You may recall, if you’ve been following along with this somewhat furious post-a-day pace throughout December, that just about a week ago we tried the new Stronachie 10 year […]

Advent Day 5: Stronachie 10 y.o. (A.D. Rattray)

Secret Spirits Advent Calendar Day 5 – December 5th Stronachie 10 y.o. (A.D. Rattray) Distilled at Benrinnes 43% abv Score:  80.5/100   A whisky from the Secret Spirits Advent Calendar First Edition.  Stronachie…Benrinnes.  Tomato…tomahto.  Let’s call the whole thing off. Or wait.  Let’s not.  Let’s drink some whisky. If you’re doing some checking into the Stronachie distillery you’re most […]

Advent Day 2: 2007 Aultmore 7 y.o. (A.D. Rattray)

Secret Spirits Advent Calendar Day 2 – December 2nd 2007 Aultmore 7 y.o. (A.D. Rattray) Cask #900015 Sherry Cask 50% abv Score:  84.5/100   A whisky from the Secret Spirits Advent Calendar First Edition.  First Aultmore reviewed for the site.  Again…another distillery that isn’t often represented in the single malt spheres.  Most of the spirit from this Speyside distillery […]

A.D. Rattray Benrinnes 13 y.o. Review

A.D. Rattray Benrinnes 13 y.o. 56.8% abv Score:  70/100   First Benrinnes review for the site.  It’s always fun to cover a new one, as there aren’t a lot of Scotland’s fine distilleries we haven’t shared a few words on at this point.  Benrinnes is a Diageo distillery in the heart of the Speyside region, responsible […]