Islay Whisky Classics No.38 – A.D. Rattray 1974 35yo Bunnahabhain

A.D. Rattray wasn’t really an independent bottler i’d had a lot to do with until i tried a 1976 31yo from a Sherry cask , this 1974 was the second bottling i purchased from this bottler…….

A.D. Rattray Bunnahabhain 35yo

Distilled  the 12th Juy 1974 and bottled on the 26th October 2009 at 44.3% from ex-bourbon cask #7111 , this cask produced 164 bottles . A Straw Gold in Colour , the nose takes me back to one of John Maclellans Feis Ile warehouse tours , A beautiful , sweet Bunna spirit smell , confectioners sugar , honey , vanilla and oak , Quite spicy too . One of them malts you could sniff all day…….. A bit of Oak to start with (nice oakiness ) on the palate, still very lively for it’s age , again a spiciness along with a honeyed sweetness and cloves . dry across the mouth , which leads on to a lovely long finish , mixing the spiciness , sweetness and dryness .

Why are aged Bunnas so nice ? a stunning dram , if i was to score it i’d say 5/5 or 90+ , at one time there were a load of early 1970’s casks in Warehouse No.4 , don’t know if they are still there , we had a try of a few and they were all great , if they are still there it’s a shame but if they decided to bottle them would we be able to afford them ? 


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