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Drink Review: Buchanan’s Deluxe 12 Year Old

A litre of Buchanan’s hard to find (in the UK at least) blend. ‘Stunningly soft texture, enormously fruity with some firm grain through the middle and then spice. 85/100’ Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2005

Buchanan’s Deluxe 12 Year Old Review:

Colour : Very pale gold, almost straw with a bluish hue on the inside of the glass.

Very pale gold, almost straw with a bluish hue on the inside of the glass. Nose : Very Floral, Honey and Citrus. Lots of fresh honeysuckle, topped off with aniseed and underpined with incense and black currant.

Very Floral, Honey and Citrus. Lots of fresh honeysuckle, topped off with aniseed and underpined with incense and black currant. Taste : Sugars rush to the fore. Very sweet honeyed and the aniseed and black currant join in to soften a little. However, the fruit is there to remind you it’s a whisky and it’s not just a sugary sweet whisky! Some spice too.

Sugars rush to the fore. Very sweet honeyed and the aniseed and black currant join in to soften a little. However, the fruit is there to remind you it’s a whisky and it’s not just a sugary sweet whisky! Some spice too. Finish: Aniseed, sweetness and a condesending bitterness.

Overall : Buchanan’s are often thought of as being the go to whisky for global tourists on a budget but this Deluxe 12 has a real sense of place to it, and of course, the name of the distillery calls to mind the decidedly elitist Borders region of Scotland – no mean feat in a world where scotch tends to be synonymous with malts north of the border.

Colour: Pale gold.

Pale gold. Nose: Floral, honey and citrus. Honeyed, with a hint toasted malt. A light touch of aniseed and some fresh limes.

Floral, honey and citrus. Honeyed, with a hint toasted malt. A light touch of aniseed and some fresh limes. Taste: Sweet honeyed malt and light spicy notes with aniseed. There’s some sourness to follow, like a fresh raspberry, interweaving with a sweet malt.

Sweet honeyed malt and light spicy notes with aniseed. There’s some sourness to follow, like a fresh raspberry, interweaving with a sweet malt. Finish: Long, in a good way. Sweet with a hint of bitterness.

Long, in a good way. Sweet with a hint of bitterness. Overall: A fairly unassuming dram. Does what it says on the tin: A light, sort of sweetly spicy malt. Not something for the litre aficionado but worth a sip the next time you’re in the Borders.

Colour: Very pale gold with a delicately creamy hue.

Very pale gold with a delicately creamy hue. Nose: Ooh, a classic: Fresh limes, some honey and a touch of aniseed.

Ooh, a classic: Fresh limes, some honey and a touch of aniseed. Taste: Fresh and clean malt, with some fruit sweetness and a touch of aniseed.

Fresh and clean malt, with some fruit sweetness and a touch of aniseed. Finish: Short, sweet and oaky.

Short, sweet and oaky. Overall: Beautifully drinkable stuff, to be enjoyed after a Sunday lunch.

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Buchanan’s 12 Review:

Colour: Pale straw with an amber tinge.

Pale straw with an amber tinge. Nose: Some honey, some fresh citrus and some subtle spices.

Some honey, some fresh citrus and some subtle spices. Taste: Clean and sweet with some malt and honey. Some spice to support the aftertaste.

Clean and sweet with some malt and honey. Some spice to support the aftertaste. Finish: The malt and fruit sweetness lingers, mingling with a little toffee.

The malt and fruit sweetness lingers, mingling with a little toffee. Overall: Slender and full of subtle flavours.

Colour: Very pale straw.

Very pale straw. Nose: Clean and pineney.

Clean and pineney. Taste: Bright and citrusy with some natural sweetness. It drinks quickly and has a zingy finish. This exemplifies the modern standard of whisky: It all has to last.

Bright and citrusy with some natural sweetness. It drinks quickly and has a zingy finish. This exemplifies the modern standard of whisky: It all has to last. Finish: Fruity, with tobacco and a hint of caramel.

Fruity, with tobacco and a hint of caramel. Overall: It tastes of nothing in particular but there’s enough sweet citrus to it to make you think you’re getting good stuff here.

Buchanan’s 12 Review:

Colour: Pale straw.

Pale straw. Nose: Clean with some fresh citrus.

Clean with some fresh citrus. Taste: Very clean and juicey. Sweet and a little aniseed at the back of the palate.

Very clean and juicey. Sweet and a little aniseed at the back of the palate. Finish: Short, clean and floral.

Short, clean and floral. Overall: Sweet but natural, very fresh and refreshing. The honey helps.

Colour: Pale straw.

Pale straw. Nose: Clean and sharp.

Clean and sharp. Taste: Clean and sweet, with some aniseed at the back of the palate.

Clean and sweet, with some aniseed at the back of the palate. Finish: Short, sweet and delicate.

Short, sweet and delicate. Overall: A quiet subject matter for this brand to be selling.

Colour: Very pale straw.

Very pale straw. Nose: Clean and sharp with some sweetness and fruit.

Clean and sharp with some sweetness and fruit. Taste: Sweet and delicate. Bright and citric. There’s a touch of aniseed at the back of the palate.

Sweet and delicate. Bright and citric. There’s a touch of aniseed at the back of the palate. Finish: Short but clean.

Short but clean. Overall: Subtle but very pleasant and drinkable.

Colour: Very pale straw.

Very pale straw. Nose: Clean.

Clean. Taste: Sweet and aniseed. There’s a slight taste of malt lurking throughout but I almost detect a slight tang.

Sweet and aniseed. There’s a slight taste of malt lurking throughout but I almost detect a slight tang. Finish: Short, clean and a little spicy.

Short, clean and a little spicy. Overall: Subtle, sweet and pleasing.

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Written by Mark Adams

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