Burnside 24 (A.D. Rattray) Review

This is a vatted malt consisting of Balvenie and teaspooned with Glenfiddich. A malt is often teaspooned like this when a cask that has an off-profile for a given distillery is sold to an IB. They add a teaspoon of a different distilleries malt to prevent it from being sold as a single cask under their own brand. This was bottled at 52.1% ABV.

Nose: Freshly popped can of tennis balls – odd combo of rubber/chemicals. Earthy, musty, and a little smoky.

Palate: Tennis ball notes come through with spicy malt, mushrooms, dank oak, vegetal notes – very funky.

Finish: Very spicy, funky barley with that odd tennis note lingering.

Rating: 76/100 – A very weird one – I could see why Balvenie shipped this cask off.

Value for the money: These retailed around $100 I think which is a pass. Not sure I’d pick this one up at any price honestly.

4 thoughts on “Burnside 24 (A.D. Rattray) Review”

  1. I just read your review on the AD Rattray, Burnside 24 year. A great review and I completely agree. There’s an odd acetone nose and taste that just won’t go away. Very disappointing. Thanks for the confirmation. I was hoping I didn’t just get a bad bottle. Cheers.

    All that said, I really like your reviews on Clynelish. This is my go to whisky.

    1. I have to say that this bottle turned me off to Burnside for the most part. I’ll try more in the future at some point I’m sure, but it wasn’t a great introductory experience. I too really love Clynelish, and I rarely find one I don’t really enjoy.

      1. I have to say I have found AD Rattray hit and miss. A hit was a 14 year Benrinnes I picked up a couple of years ago – very nice but that Burnside – not so good.

        As a fellow Clynelish fanboy I can tell you this story. I visited the Clynelish Distillery this past fall. The Clynelish distillery was under expansion so they gave us a tour of the old Brora Distillery. It was nice to see what was left of it but kind of lacking. There were just the 3 of us and we did an extended tasting. We had the 14, JW Gold ( kind of meh) and the distillers edition. While we were having our drams we noticed that they offered a dram of the Brora 35 for 35 pounds. Pretty steep but we told the hostess we would buy one dram and split it. I had never had a Brora before and thought this is the place to try some. She gave us each a dram of the Brora 30 and then each a dram of the Brora 35. Next she had an unlabled bottle of a 22 year old, sherry cask Clynelish that they had just pulled from a cask – we each got a dram of that as well. The 30 was pretty smoky, the 35 just a bit of smoke at the finish and the 22 yr was wonderful, sherried Clynelish. All 3 were fantastic and the highlight of the trip.

        1. Sounds like a great experience – Brora made some of the best malts I’ve tried. Sounds like a perfect place to try some for the first time.

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