- Single Malt
- A.D. Rattray (DR)
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 25 Sep 2009 12:46 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Stronachie 12-year-old DR
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.03 points
- quite sharp and green, but not bad. Bit of sulphur from the worm tub.
- This was my second try of Stronachie 12 year old, better than the previous batch/version I think, although it's not my cup of tea anyhow.
Essentially smells like springtime. Grassiness, early flowers to the fore, camomile flowers, floral (acacia-, heather-) honey, mild wood note, white oak, thin vanilla flower note. It mellows then, elaborates more sweetness in the form of plums, green apricots, candied pineapple rings. Woody and sour at the same time, sap, freshly cut wood, syrupy, with a metallic copper-like tinge, garden vegetables, dock, cucumber, squashes, pumpkin.
Sweet on the start, but with acerbity and small fizz, gingery, bitter, becomes hotter but not stronger, spices become louder there, cumin, salt, lemon (salty), lemon rind, juniper berries, sage, anise lays underneath. Body's light to medium, with a moderate(?) alcoholic pungency.
Quite sharp, astringent, bitter orange, lemon (bitter), hot, pulsating, effervescent. Lemon-rind kind of bitter dryness, slightly sour too, ginger spice, caraway seeds, coriander.
- Heather and sweet malty notes with a hint of smoke comes ojn the nose. The taste comes up with malt and wood followed by heather and sweet floral notes, very nice to drink. Very drinkable dram, sweet and fruity notes in a long finish and a shy smoke stays in the mouth. Nice and easy to drink.
- Grassy and dry nose, with water required to release honey and fruit. Peppery, spicy and hot on the palate, lacking in depth and complexity. Warming, medium-long finish, with a nutty after-taste. Good value for money, with an attractive nose. Easy to drink, but nothing special on the palate.
- Well, who
would have thought? This is just plain good. But the whole story about the
revival of the Stronachie label seems a bit farfetched. We will probably never
know, but do you honestly believe the Stronachie then and the Benrinnes today
are so much alike? I do not think so.
is very sweet on grain, caramel, apples and pears. It also hints at tea. A
touch of woodsmoke is present, but very soft. Some woodshavings and even
some chewing tobacco.
It has a
nice body and attacks pretty piquant. Gingerbread and cake with loads of
fruits. Raisins on syrup. Spicewise, I am thinking nutmeg, cloves and especially
cinnamon. Again some woodsmoke and even a trace of peat.
softly fading finish is very nice and long.
- Undisclosed Benrinnes.
- Name of a lost Distillerie
Stronachie Distillery was built in 1890 near the small town of Forgandenny in rural Perthshire under the ownership of Alexander McDonald. As a result of Mr McDonald’s express wish to locate the distillery in the glen around Forgandenny in the district of Perth and Kinross, Stronachie was able to be classified as a true Highland malt whisky. 30 successful years were to follow through the production of high quality Scotch whisky with a distinctive and unique character and Stronachie soon became widely available in the marketplace thanks to the successful distribution developed by Dewar Rattray. The first significant change in the distillery’s life came about in 1907 when it was sold to Sir James Calder who himself had great expertise within the industry. Nobody could even begin to anticipate what was to happen in due course…
Although James Calder was proud to be associated with the Stronachie Distillery, in 1926 he was to sell it, along with a number of other distilleries that he owned, to the Distillers Company Limited (DCL). From then on Stronachie was to be hit by a number of problems as coal prices soared and the price of grain increased dramtically. Like numerous other similar distilleries at that time Stronachie was closed down and around 1930 dismantled. Today there is little evidence of where the distillery once stood except for a small area of low stone walls. The story of Stronachie doesn’t end here however ...
During 2002, as the project of rebuilding the Stronachie legend developed, we were fortunate to locate and acquire a bottle of Stronachie dated 1904. It is believed that there are 2 other examples of different vintages belonging to collectors in Germany and Japan. This authenticity has given extra credence to the Stronachie story and in order to find a single malt that could match the 1904 Vintage as closely as possible, a small sample was syphoned off and matched to a distillery that reflected the style, character and flavour of that original malt. We feel that the Stronachie 12yo Single Highland Malt of today has in its character the heritage of a bygone age and as near as possible reflects the style and elegance of the Lost Distillery.http://www.stronachie.com