A.D. Rattray Ruadh Mhor 2010 12yo 59.1% ABV

AD Rattray Ruadh Mhor 2010

From Glenturret, the oldest licensed distillery in Scotland. For many years this heavily peated (80 ppm!) make was reserved only for The Famous Grouse. Now developing a reputation of its own and a great example of Highland peat. Cask Type: Bourbon Hogshead, Cask No: 82, Date Distilled: 12.03.2010, Date Bottled: 16.01.2023, Number of Bottles: 317, Un-chill filtered, Natural colour.


Appearance: Very light/white wine (5). A nice thick swirl line and many medium to thick trails instantly form against a viscous oily film.

The swirl line beads up after a time, creating a more chaotic effect.

Nose: An obvious hit from the higher ABV. An immediate ashy burnt bacon, some slightly sweeter charred orange peel and a more citrus grilled pineapple.

The nose turns more meaty after a short while, with a white wine note lingering too.

After further nosing slightly bitter chocolate and mild coffee notes appear.

It’s a bold and satisfying nose.

Palate: A nice viscous mouthfeel and immediate white pepper spice heat and caramelised steak, sweet smoke and subtle lemon pepper.

The second sip onwards allows the slightly sweeter, more buttery elements to appear.

A subtle grapefruit bitterness lingers, which I’m not a huge fan of, but it’s not dominant.

Finish: Long. The lemon pepper is a constant throughout the palate and into the finish. The smoke, steak and the grapefruit fade after a fair amount of time.

Overall: A decent dram but I’m not fond of the grapefruit bitterness.

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