Cask Orkney 18yr old 46% ABV A.D.Rattray

cask orkney

A lightly peated single malt, capturing the spirit of Orkney and the warmth found in the people, the land and the whisky they craft.


Cask Orkney is a limited edition 18 Year Old single malt scotch whisky matured in ex-bourbon casks. Created to celebrate the Neolithic folklore of Orkney, it captures the island spirit with a deeply engaging and perfectly balanced malt. 46% ABV, NCF, NC #thewhiskeychaps


Very light gold in colour, has a medium thick swirl line that breaks up and turns into slow medium legs and teardrops. #thewhiskeychaps


Aromatic wood, and not overly woody for me, slight menthol aroma, then blackcurrants, light grapefruit, digestive biscuits, and a touch of sweet perfume at the moment. #thewhiskeychaps

Tropical fruits are hanging around the periphery with this one, teasing us, I wonder if they’ll come through on the nose? #thewhiskeychaps


Nice mouthfeel, and it’s a real sweet/spicy/bitter combo, there’s quite a bit going on here. Strawberries and raspberries syrup, like new make, then a bit of heat, ginger and cinnamon, cardamom, then espresso and cask char. #thewhiskeychaps


Blackcurrants like the nose, there is a smokiness as the guys are saying, pomegranate and blood orange zest, grapefruit zest too right at the end, with a pinch of salt on the top of the tongue #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

Thinking about this dram it’s obviously from Highland Park, iv’e tried a few of theirs, ranging from distillery releases to High ABV independently bottled offerings. One thing that becomes very apparent is the differences between them. The distillery bottlings tend to follow a “house style” so to speak, whereas the indies are full on high ABV and totally naked representations.

At 46% ABV there’s plenty going on with this bottling, plenty to keep me entertained, and @ £67 i think it’s good value for a higher than standard ABV non chill filtered and natural coloured 18 year old whisky.

Notes – This whisky was matured in Ex – Bourbon casks, is natural in colour and non chill filtered.

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