Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Buchanan's Deluxe 12 Blended Scotch Whisky

Buchanan's Deluxe 12 Blended Scotch- Middle Shelf. 
It does not justify "Deluxe" as part of the name. 
In today's blog, I will cover the following
- Brief history behind this whisky
- My tasting notes
- SJ's rating and overview
- SJ's pro tip

I could not finish the sampler bottle of this whisky so it is on my Middle Shelf. It seems a little watered down with no finish at all. Give it a shot to find out! 
Buchanan was founded in 1884 by James Buchanan. Says in the website "Instead of creating a scotch to be revered, he created a uniquely smooth blend that could be shared and enjoyed by all" While the man did a decent attempt at making whisky, it falls flat on its knees compared to other world-class blended Scotch like Chivas or Black Label. 
Says the product story "Buchanan's 12 one of the world's most iconic and awarded luxury Scotch whisky brands. It has a soft and fresh profile that separates it from other more dense whisky profiles. "
Well, now it is time for the World famous SJ tasting. :-) Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats-Buchanan's Deluxe 12 Blended Scotch Whisky
Price-  $29.99 for 750ml ($3.79 for pictured sampler)
Age-  12 years 
ABV- 40%
Region- Scotland
Company/Distillery- James Buchanan & Company, Glasgow
Awards won- 2018 World Whisky Awards, Category winner for Taste. ( I don't approve of this award, the whisky is horrible) 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Medium gold

Aroma- Similar to Glenfiddich 12, floral, fruity notes, vanilla, toffee, spices, cinnamon, tangerine. 
Flavor- Tangerine, vanilla, spicy notes. Starts out nice but does not build on flavor. 
Body- light 
Finish- Very short, non-existent
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
Because the finish is terrible, feels like a watered-down Scotch. It is just ok, the appearance aroma, and flavor are not too bad but the finish is disappointing. It is way overpriced for the quality. I recommend Teachers blended scotch for a much better alternate. 
Occasions- wallet-friendly basic scotch for parties, great for scotch beginners. 
SJ's Pro tip- have it on the rocks or with club soda for better taste.

I enjoyed reviewing this one, try it to uncover it yourself. Cheers! Enjoy responsibly!. 
Not in the mood to read? Listen to my SingleMaltLives Podcast instead. 

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