Stronachie takes its name from a Perthshire distillery which was established during the 1890s ‘whisky boom’ period and closed around 1930. It is a single malt distilled for the Ayrshire-based independent bottler
Dewar Rattray in the Diageo-owned Speyside distillery of Benrinnes. The brand was launched in 2002 and was intended to replicate the peaty, earthy character of a malt whisky as it would have been a century ago.
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Until 2010 the identity of the single malt that was bottled as Stronachie remained undisclosed by Dewar Rattray, though more knowledgeable malt aficionados had already guessed that is was Benrinnes, one of Diageo’s lower profile and more idiosyncratic malts. The principle expression of Stronachie is a 12-year-old, though an 18-year-old variant was added to the line-up in 2010.
Stronachie, 18-Year-Old (Scotland) |
The 18-year-old expression comprises a vatting of six 18-year-old hogsheads and two 19-year-old Sherry butts. The result is a whisky with a full, complex, floral nose of toasted malt, stewed fruits, sweet sherry, honey, nuts and wood smoke. The palate is sweet, with more sherry and honey, ripe apples, fudge and soft spices. The medium-length finish features a hint of peat, roasted malt and pleasing tannins.
46.0% ABV, 70cl, £38.95, specialist whisky merchants.