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February 5, 2024 (edited February 13, 2024)
2.0 out of 5 stars
Buchanan's De Luxe 12 Year is said to be of the same quality as Black and White Scotch, but it is overpriced. The nose is greeted with exotic aromas of smoke, peat, walnuts, and caramel. However, the entry is thin and only brings out the flavors of cinnamon and caramel. The finish is brief and has a taste of smoke, peat, and cocoa. Although it is a Latino fad created by Diageo, it doesn't have much substance compared to other brands in the same price range such as Johnnie Walker Black Label, Old Parr 12 years old, and Haig Pinch Dimple 15 years old of Diageo Brands, which are better alternatives.
A very light, sweet, honey floral nose reminiscent of Irish whiskey but with a pinch of peat smoke. I also get vanilla, a hint of lemon, mandarin, hay, honeydew melon, and even a little caramelized grilled pineapple. Sweet on the palate as well, with a mild peppery spice, but a surprising pop of peat far more potent than that detected in the nose. There’s candied lemon peel, Bosc pear, thin caramel, tootsie roll, and lots of ash. Light bodied, yet chewable, quick in the glass and legless. The finish is woody, sooty, mineral, even slightly metallic like licking a used fireplace, but some of that caramel hangs on with a pinch of cinnamon keeping it from becoming unpleasant. It’s almost like the finish on some mezcals I’ve had. Overall, not a bad blend if you’re a fan of highland malts or just getting into the heavily peated Islays.