Old Pulteney / AD Rattray

Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rioja Octave Finish (AD Rattray) Review

Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rioja Octave Finish (AD Rattray) The third of four of the octave finishes in this series of Pulteney drams from AD Rattray is this Rioja wine Octave Finish. The awesome whisky magicians at AD Rattray have been doing some experimentation with some casks of Arran, Pulteney and Bunnahabhain, keeping some it as is, and then splitting the rest over four 50 litre octaves made especially for AD Rattray from casks that previously held PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja Wine and Rum for an additional 5 months.

I’m always unsure with wine finishes or matured drams and the nose had me panicking with a big tannic metallic note, but the palate is cracking its fruity, sweet, oaky and utterly delicious. I still think the bourbon cask is my favourite but this really works too

Keep an eye out over the rest of the week for the others in this series

Pick this up from the official A D Rattray website here.

Thanks to AD Rattray for the official sample.

Tasting Notes & Details


Huge strong ABV notes from this one, lots of acetone in here that wasn’t in the original bourbon barrel, strong tannic wine notes, fruity notes of blackcurrant cordial and some tinned syrup notes, along with the metallic tin itself.


Tangy. Fruity notes of blackcurrant and blueberry straight off the bat, strong and powerful ABV hits again but the acetone and metallic notes have gone and its replaced by sweet dark fruits of plum, raisin and some dried apricots and gentle oak and a tang of saltyness.


Fruits, blackcurrant and oak notes, long and fruity.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Pulteney 10 Year Old Octave Project Rioja Octave Finish (AD Rattray)
Age: 10
ABV: 57.10
Distiller: Old Pulteney
Bottler: AD Rattray
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland
Posted: 05/07/2018 by Tom

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