Stronachie 18-year-old DR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Stated Age
18 years old
Bourbon Hogsheads & Sherry Butts
Batch 18/10-01
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 sep 2010 2:40 pm

Average value

€ 60.45

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Whisky reviews for Stronachie 18-year-old DR

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.08 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Doesn't reinvent the wheel, but I'd have to say this is one of my preferred 18-year-old ex-bourbon-cask matured whiskies, with a stunning price/performance ratio.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lovely crisp citrus, soft vanilla, freshly cut garden herbs, bright and juicy exotic fruits like pineapple and honeydew melon. While all of this may sound fairly light, there's a sense that the underlying spirit is thick, oily and rich: I'm reminded of sunflower oil, grease, a bit of paraffin. All in all, very appetizing and virtually flawless.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Starts acidic and fresh, gets then sweeter, more lush and opulent, before an herbal aspect rises up and announces the spicy, savoury finale. Really pronounced and well-layered development. Tart and citric throughout, but always elegantly and mouthwateringly so; never bitter or unbalanced. The epitome of an apéritif whisky for me.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Measured (but rather fresh) oak, grapefruit, slight quinine bitterness.

  2. bull10298 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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. 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. 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.


  3. vb_bembel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Batman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose:  Light, fruity (apples, pears), very slightly dirty sherry not in a bad way.  Vanilla, gentle spices emerge at end.

    Palate:  Same as nose, with honey sweetness.  A little stingy for 18 years, but not bad at all.  Medium body.

    Finish:  Medium finish, toffee, vanilla, spices.

    Overall:  Easy to drink, good value, classic malt. A little like Pultney, and the slightly dirty sherry reminds me of the Bunnahabhain 18 when first opened.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Ivynor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The first tasting convinced me "rather well done 83+ / 84 -" but the second completely dropped my rating.
    • Nose
      Stronachie is a product from the Benrinnes distillery.

      Simple nose on wood, vanilla and traces of cinnamon. Apple alcohol dominates, accompanied by just cut hay. Alcohol not super integrated. Second tasting on cereals and almost ether
    • Taste
      average integration of alcohol. It's fresh, sweet, a little "metallic". Melted and easy to drink. The apple is followed by more yellow fruits (especially Mirabelle), with more wood, vanilla and traces of cinnamon. Second tasting less convincing; mostly alcohol and cereals
    • Finish
      Rather short

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Soft, soapy ethanol with bananas and pears. Floral [Mackmyra], smelling a lot younger than 18 years.
    T: Floral with wood, and then more wood.  Sweet, then sweeter, mostly honey on the palate
    F: Vanilla sweet, soft with yeasty wood spice. Flattening out on a downhill ride. Vanilla and wood linger
    C: Nothing remarkable overall but showing youthful notes for its 18 years. Easy drinker but no slouch.

    Scores a B-/C+

  7. Feusi scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A lot of sherry notes with spices and toffee comes on the nose. The sherry from the nose stays in the mouth together with the spicy caramel, bbeautiful and very well balanced. A great and long finish crowns this bottling. Very well done

  8. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A new addition to the Stronachie portfolio for 2010, and at a very
    reasonable price too. This is a vatting of six 18-year-old bourbon hogsheads and two
    19-year-old sherry butts.

  9. hsmithjr scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very nice.
    • Nose
      Oak and vanilla.  sawdust.  Black cherries.  Pancakes. 
    • Taste
      Spicy.  Sweet and smoky. Oranges, and more vanilla.  Licorice. 
    • Finish
      Vanilla and holiday spices.  Medium length.

  10. Cast Olila scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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