Stronachie 18-year-old DR

Overall rating
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Stated Age
18 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
20 Jul 2014 2:16 pm by karlsson60

Average value

€ 75.15

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Whisky Reviews for Stronachie 18-year-old DR

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.61 points

  1. EarlMobile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    At the beginning you can taste a lot of freshness (mint?) And a whole bunch of different flowers. It does not look as if the whisky is very complex. Accordingly, I would have estimated this about 3 years younger. However, giving the whisky time to breathe, many new flavors are added to the previous ones. Most of all, vanilla, nuts and a little bit of bitterness got stuck with me. However, there are other flavors to discover. So this whisky surprises even in terms of complexity. Very interesting!

  2. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Fresh citrus summer whisky, complex and interesting, good price, the finish is unfortunately a bit short, 50% would be fine, but still recommended, especially for the warmer season
    • Nose
      86 86
      Mint, lime juice, lemon grass, green apple, vanilla pudding, honeycomb, flower meadow in spring
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sparkling, Prosecco, Oily, Green Apple, Lemon, Touch of Orange Peel, Butterscotch
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, blossom honey, lemon balm, caramel, beeswax

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2014] Finally I finished this bottle that I bought for 47 Euro in September, 2014. They married six Benrinnes bourbon casks in sherry butts for this batch.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85. I found it not worthwhile to take any notes but I remember it was quite quaffable...

  4. CST1986 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This is a classic highland style of a well aged whisky. Benrinnes really is a characterful distillate and the casks must have been pretty decent. You can feel the 18 years of traditional maturation. I have to say that I do not detect any disturbing alcoholic note unlike one of the previous reviewers. This is delicious and classic as classic can be. No sherry bomb, no peat monster, but simply a pleasurable, full bodied, well-matured complex highland malt. For the price of 50-60 € this is highly recommended.
    • Nose
      Very malty, with bittersweet heather honey, candied orange, a hint of spearmint, green tea and a very nice note of burnt herbs that comes from the casks interacting with a grassy sweet and sour distillate. It's a classic highland nose for sure. After a while there is a savouriness creeping in like a light beef stock seasoned with sea salt.

      With water:
      It swims well with a few drops of water, but there is no significant change of profile detectable on the nose.
    • Taste
      Punchy attack, almost no sweetness detectable, sour-bitterish development on freshly brewed tea, gentian, hoppy IPA, unripe oranges and wood spice (fennel seeds, polished oak and black pepper). Again, this is also quite savoury on beef stock with rooty, earthy vegetables.

      With water:
      The bitterish notes withdraw a bit in favour of a sweeter profile on the palate; the honey from the nose is now present on the tip of the tongue. The development shows an interesting interplay between wood spice and fruity vegetables (fresh red peppers). More water releases more malty citrus flavour. It's quite complex and really very good.
    • Finish
      Long. It's only in the aftertaste where there's some sweetness present in this delicious highlander. The heather honey comes back with liquorice and a hint of gingerbread and candied apple skins.

  5. Joschbert scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    nice but somehow unspectacular. Great value for money. A total of 84
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit), sweet and sour components, peach and banana, herbs (sage), anise, cereals and hay (85)
    • Taste
      strong sweet start with a lot of pear and honey, toasted cereal and back hay (84)
    • Finish
      Caramel, now dry, nuts (coconut / macadamia) - short to medium long (84)

  6. Abadon05 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Well despite "only" 46%, the alcoholiness is clearly felt and has a very negative effect. Overall, a bit disappointing. But he needs time. Then it gets a little sweeter.
    • Nose
      A clear alcohol note can be heard. Then come light hints of pear and honeydew melon, which penetrate more and more. There are also nuances of peaches, mirabelles, some honey, a small amount of grain and a flowery. Everything is superimposed by this alcohol note.
    • Taste
      A sweetness is spreading, as are the mirabelle plums. However, again clearly to hear the alcohol note.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. A very small sweetness is in the mouth, as well as some grain.

  7. Myst111 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    After the smell one is really surprised in taste. The beginning and the end are not so 100% mine, but I find that in between very well. Absolutely drinkable!
    • Nose
      Immediately one takes fresh bitter citrus flavor (lemon, orange) was. After some time I could still take forest honey and dark chocolate and in the background a little oak barrel.
    • Taste
      surprising sweetness, there are still fruits, but rather sweeter (bananas, apricots). Vanilla and again in the background very little barrel. On the tongue you do not notice the 46%, rather acts as a gentler and smoother 40% he.
    • Finish
      Long holds the Stronachie in the mouth. The sweetness changes after a few seconds to a peppery / bitter aftertaste.

  8. Sonett scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lemon, Hay, Herbs, fresh Apricots, Mango
    • Taste
      Sweetness, Apricots and Vanilla at first then slightly peppery spices 
    • Finish
      Medium long with a bittersweet finale

  9. wisekycourse scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Oil (the Amazonian nut) oozing, sticking to the palate and fruits like old plum
    Palate: Apple, pear, spices, a sweetness that does not suit me
    Finale: Long and linear on spices and apple and alcohol steadily
    Tasted blind!
    (Not retained the menthol side), but a malty side with traces of smoke!

  10. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: Fresh on the nose, floral in the direction of hay and heather, with vanilla. After some time, light fruits and a slight oak spice unfold.

    Taste: Fresh on the tongue again for citrus fruits. Malt is now also there and also the spicy oak, from which a slightly peppery note developed, which is then present throughout. The fruits come relatively late.

    Finish: The finish is medium in length and relatively spicy, reminded me somehow of radish or radish at first. Again, oak and citrus fruits.


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