Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Buchanan's "Finest Deluxe" 12 year old Blended Scotch Whisky

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I am always on the look out for an affordable blended Scotch whisky.  So, I thought I would try Buchanan's 12 year old blended Scotch Whisky.  This blend has tough competition with Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 yrs and Chivas Regal 12 yrs, so let's see how Buchanan's fairs:

"Nose" (undiluted)
Initially, I am confronted by a whiff of strong alcohol, so I push the glass away, catch my breath and make another attempt.  This time I note some sweet grain, dandelion, malty notes too.  Not an impressive aroma coming from the glass, but given the price point I was not expecting much either.  It could still be a delight.

"Palate" (undiluted)
Sweet grains, malty, grapefruit, stale oak, before the once sweet grains take on the taste of caramelized onions, a taste that belongs in a frying pan with a steak, not in my Glencairn glass!

"Finish" (undiluted)
Stale, acrid cigarette smoke, extremely grainy 7-up like flavors over ripe citrus notes emerge.

General Impressions
Bleh!  Car sickness comes to mind or how I feel when I reach for an air sickness bag on a long air flight with lots of turbulence.

This is a terrible disappointment.  Not recommended.  Not in the class of Johnnie Walker Black Label or Chivas 12.

Jason Debly

P.S.  Check back in a day or two as I will update this review with more detail and comments.