Vintage Cask Collection

Our vintage cask collection series represents the very finest in our portfolio. The casks have been selected from some of Scotland's most respected distilleries and are bottled at vintages rarely found.

Since A D Rattray Ltd was founded in 1868 the company has specialised in the bottling and distribution of single malt Scotch whisky. Sometimes during the selection process for the standard A D Rattray Cask Collection range, exceptional casks come to light. These will be carefully managed and monitored over the years and bottled as part of our special Vintage range when they have reached their prime.

Each Vintage Cask Collection whisky has been passed through only a rough filter in order to remove any fragments of charred wood left behind by the cask. It has been bottled at cask strength with no additives so you can enjoy your whisky in its purest and most natural form.

50 Year Old Girvan Grain

Girvan Grain 1964

The first release in the collection is a 50 Year Old Girvan Grain, with 255 bottles having been produced at cask strength (46.8%).

Tasting Notes

Colour: Amber.
Nose: Deep and exquisite aromas of orange peel, dark chocolate truffles, Brazil nuts, nutmeg, rich honey and coconut.
Palate: Silky. Luscious vanilla, sweet oranges, banana bread, some liquorice and spicy notes.
Conclusion: Whisky from a bygone age, in an extraordinary fresh cask.

Release Note

The cask of 1964 Single Grain Whisky distilled at the Girvan Distillery recently ​released ​as the first of the Vintage Cask Collection range was marked #0002. Although the date of distillation is not in question there has been some confusion over the accuracy of the cask number. As a result we have re-labelled the product omitting this detail.

Dufftown 1982

33 Years Old
Distilled in November 1982
Bottled in March 2016
Bourbon Hogshead Cask No.18583
198 Bottles
Cask Strength 53.6%

Tasting Notes

Colour: Rich gold.
Nose: Deep, rounded, juicy barley aromas, honey and syrup.
Palate: Exquisitely smooth with sweet vanilla, more honey and chocolate.
Conclusion: A silky-smooth aged Dufftown single cask.

Cragganmore 1986

30 Years Old
Distilled in June 1986
Bottled in February 2017
Bourbon Hogshead Cask No.1492
161 Bottles
Cask Strength 56.8%

Tasting Notes

Colour: Lemon gold lustre.
Nose: Yellow peach, pear, Fino sherry and lush grass.
Palate: Soft orchard fruits and a hint of tobacco.
Conclusion: Dry, herbal and lightly fruity. A premium distillate with the subtle complexity of three decades maturation.

Bowmore 1989

28 Years Old
Distilled in Febuary 1989
Bottled in February 2017
Sherry Hogshead Cask No.1098
182 Bottles
Cask Strength 47.1%

Tasting Notes

Colour: Gleaming copper.
Nose: Strawberry jam, raisins, crispy duck and smoke.
Palate: Crêpes Suzette, fruit cake, earthiness.
Conclusion: Dry wood smoke with a perfect balance of sweet and savoury.

Bunnahabhain 1987

30 Years Old
Distilled in Febuary 1989
Bottled in June 2017
Bourbon Hogshead Cask No.1298.
243 Bottles
Cask Strength 48.3%

Tasting Notes

Colour: Radiant amber.
Nose: Mandarin, nectarine, kiwi and walnut, new leather and Aloe vera.
Palate: Lime, mango and coconut with toasted whole grain oats.
Conclusion: Fresh, fruity and opulent with bright green notes. A true nectar of the Gods.

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