Tuesday, January 6, 2015
This is my review of Buchanan's 18 year old blended Scotch whisky.
Sherry, oak, very floral, orange zest. Very nice!
Smooth entry, window pane smooth, orange, almonds, brazil nuts, some smoke and spiced sherry.
A wee graininess, citrus notes, graphite, malty, plums, black pepper, table salt, accompanied by acrid, stale cigarette smoke.
I paid around $85 for this bottle and I am not impressed. At that price point, I expect some complexity. None really here. There is some concentrated red fruit and citrus notes, but that is not complexity. At the same price point or less, I could be enjoying any number of entry level single malts that exhibit a more pleasant sherried flavor profile. I am thinking Balvenie Doublewood 12 yrs or GlenDronach 12 years. Both are cheaper and better.
I suspect that this blend was designed for that segment of the blended Scotch whisky market that enjoys smooth, totally inoffensive whisky that can be enjoyed with ice or as a mix. I do not think at the price point I paid that this should be used as the base of a whisky cocktail, but that probably is a more suitable use than to be enjoyed neat.
A much cheaper alternative would be to pick up a bottle of Black Grouse blended Scotch. You will get pretty much the same flavor profile at a fraction of the price.