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Founded by Andrew Dewar and William Rattray in 1868, Dewar Rattray began trading as an importer of French wines, Italian spirits and olive oil. More importantly, however, the company also established itself as a specialist in the field of blending and storage of malt and grain whiskies. In 2004 the company was revived by Tim Morrison, previously of Morrison Bowmore Distillers and fourth generation decendant of Andrew Dewar.
The A.D. Rattray whiskies which form their Cask Collection portfolio are sourced from distilleries throughout Scotland. This extensive range of whiskies is bottled at natural strength and colour without any unnecessary chill-filtration. I'm trying their 16 Year Old Auchentoshan from a... sherry cask?! Yep, that's what it says on the label. Nevertheless, this one has the colour of white wine, so pale! Obviously a refill cask.
On the nose, you'll have a hard time discerning any sherry cask influence, but given time, you will. Mostly vanilla and heather are at work here, though, followed by grain cookies. Very floral and sweet. But also a rather misplaced touch of olive oil.
Despite the high ABV, this is one easily drinkable. And very good! Vanilla, white fruits, caramel and a touch of rum. The finish is sweet on vanilla and heather and lasts quite long.
This is another one of those Auchentoshan that you can enjoy while sitting on the terrace, watching the sun go down.