Stronachie 12-year-old DR

Overall rating
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Sep 2009 12:46 pm

Average value

€ 54,82

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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

  1. RichardMayston scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    quite sharp and green, but not bad. Bit of sulphur from the worm tub.

  2. Igor scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Quite sharp, astringent, bitter orange, lemon (bitter), hot, pulsating, effervescent. Lemon-rind kind of bitter dryness, slightly sour too, ginger spice, caraway seeds, coriander.

  3. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Feusi scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.

  5. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    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. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      The nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      softly fading finish is very nice and long.

  7. st7 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Undisclosed Benrinnes.

  8. Laird Of Islay did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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


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