Buchanan's Red Seal
Buchanan's // Scotland
The James Buchanan Whisky Co. was founded in the late 1880s by its namesake in an effort to create Scotch blended from mature, lighter flavored whiskies as an alternative to the dark, heavier-tasting ones dominating the market at the time. Red Seal is their premium blend, inspired by the Royal Household whisky made for the court of King Edward VII in 1901. The blend is a selection of Islay and Highland malts (including a rare expression of Dalwhinnie) as old as 21 years as well as mature grain whiskies. Its ornate, etched amber bottle is presented in a gate-fold box.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
"An intense mixture of dried fruits - dates, figs, raisins, prunes - adds jammy sweetness to initial sips. Then the dram opens up to vanilla, toffee and caramel notes with some golden apple and pear. The medium to long finish is lightly smoky with malted chocolate and hints of nutmeg, with that tart fruit hanging in the balance. A very elegant and regal-tasting blend indeed! "