Review: Buchanan’s Select Blended Malt Whiskey 15 Years Old
Buchanan’s latest release fills a mid-level spot in the whisky producer’s lineup, this one unique in that it’s a blended malt, with no grain whiskey in the blend. There’s no information on the distilleries used to produce the blend, but since Buchanan’s is a Diageo brand, pretty much the entirety of Scotland is a possibility.
Let’s give the new whisky a try.
Fans of midrange malts will find plenty of familiarity here, with a nose that’s pungent with fresh cereal, apples, and some mushroom character — all clean and approachable, mouth-wateringly so at times. The palate comes across largely as expected, its modest cereal notes focusing squarely on the grain over the barrel, though it sees a sometimes sharp fruit note tossed into the mix. As it evolves in the glass, notes of butterscotch, almond, and apple cider all develop on the tongue. The finish is gentle, mildly spicy, and lightly nutty, with a grind of two of black pepper emerging late in the game — one of the few surprises the whisky has in store.
All told it’s a decidedly easygoing whisky that should be on your decision list when a simpler “starter dram” is on the docket.
B+ / $50 / buchananswhisky.com