About Rattray's Selection Batch #2 21 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
The Speyside region of Scotland is known for its rich, alluvial soils and golden barley fields, which result in elegant and incredibly complex whiskies. In addition, the region’s unique microclimate and location along the North Sea shelter it from the Gulf Stream, providing an ideal environment for maturing an opulent and lush whisky. As a result, over 50 working distilleries call the Speyside region of Scotland home.
Rattray’s Selection Batch #2 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is crafted from a unique blend of four different Speyside single malt whiskies produced by four distilleries: Tamdhu, Strathmill, Cragganmore and Mortlach. Each whisky was hand-selected based on its quality and depth of flavor.
The backbone of the blend is composed of single malt whisky sourced from the Tamdhu Distillery. The whisky was distilled on September 29, 1989, and matured in a cask that was previously used to mature bourbon (Cask #8150) for 23 years. The Tamdhu whisky contributes bold notes of sharp fruit, barley and spices to the flavor profile of blend.
The Strathmill Single Malt Whisky used in the blend was distilled on May 25, 1991, and also matured in an ex-bourbon barrel (Cask #1289) for 21 years. The Strathmill whisky contributes lighter notes of salt, black pepper and chilies to the blend. The Cragganmore Single Malt Whisky used in the blend was distilled on March 8, 1991, and matured in Cask #1155 for 22 years. It provides rich, heavy notes of vanilla, caramel and toffee to the blend. The fourth single malt used in the blend was distilled by the Mortlach Distillery on June 3, 1992. The whisky was matured for 21 years and contributes notes of brown sugar and intense fruit to the blend.
Once the four whiskies were identified, they were married together and then matured for an additional six months in casks that were previously used to mature Oloroso Sherry. This secondary beautyrest in the Oloroso Sherry casks created a whisky that is engagingly deep and complex, with a lush, dark and heavy flavor profile.
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About A. D. Rattray
In 1868, Andrew Dewar and William Rattray began importing French and Italian wines into Scotland. By the end of the century, their company — known as A.D. Rattray — was representing a number of distilleries in the Highlands region of Scotland, and sold malt whisky to blending houses and exporters.
Over the course of the past 150 years, A.D. Rattray acquired several smaller whisky merchants. As a result, A.D. Rattray's principal business now is bottling unusual and exclusive casks of whisky that represent the unique characteristics of Scotland's different whisky regions, and the whiskies of the Cask Collection represent the finest of these. All whiskies within the Collection are non-chill-filtered and bottled at cask strength.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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