Scotch - Blended

James Buchanan's 18yr Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky

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  • Proof66 Rating
    695 / 891
    Rabble Rating
    4.5 / 5.0
    Price (USD)

Rating Description

98th Percentile
This score falls in the 98th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Proof66 Notes

The Buchanan's 18yr is a blend of aged scotch whiskies and is considered one of their premium offerings... in our experience, a ripe old age for blended scotch.

Buchanan's 18 year was named Best Blended Scotch in the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The James Buchanan Company is a scotch whisky "merchant"--a company that purchases and blends lots of scotch whisky to make their own signature blend labels. The company is named for James Buchanan (actually Canadian born returning back across the Atlantic and settling in London) who founded the company in 1884 and today markets a number of scotch labels. The company purchased a number of distilleries before itself becoming part of different conglomerates.The brand itself is owned by Diageo.

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This bottle has 6 ratings and 6 reviews.
Muncher Muncher (211) (2015-01-03)
I agree with NeatPour's review. I tried this whisky for the same reason (popularity/accolades on this site) and have the same opinion of the quality and flavor profile. It really reminds of the Johnnie Walker Gold and Blue labels, but at the appropriate price (I paid $60 for mine). It's a really good blend, but I would just prefer something a little more bold and with a finish that doesn't disappear in the amount of time it takes to swallow.
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Hotspur17 Hotspur17 (35) (2014-04-23)
Best blended scotch at a great price. Very smooth and flavorful. Enjoyable to drink neat.
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Irishman Irishman (257) (2014-01-26)
I had the great pleasure of enjoying this tonight. This can only be described as a smooth ballroom dance. There is a very well balanced combination of peat and smoke on the finish. I say combination instead of blend because the peat comes first and then quickly fades into a subtle smoke. Excellent.
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Phizbin Phizbin (192) (2014-01-24)
I've been looking for this scotch for a while after the big competitive results. Finally found a bottle (I got mine for $79). It turns out, this is about the smoothest, most approachable scotch I've ever tasted. It's like a domesticated peat... it's pleasant rather than predatory. The flavor lingers without sticking like duct tape. It can easily be drunk neat rather than needing some dilution. It doesn't carry the power of some single malts but it's an impressive achievement in a blend.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-09-10)
4.5 Stars, I would never have tried this scotch without the recommendation from this website (diageo doesn't market it... which is a mistake IMO). The reviews are good and the price is reasonable so I picked up a bottle. I'll admit my expectations were high and after my first glass I wasn't blown away. For whatever reason, I don't get the same layering of flavors in blends as I do in single malts. For me, blends seem to play different notes simultaneously where singles play them one after another. For this lovely blend the notes are sweet & smokey played together with a gentle finish. A great blend & a bottle worth buying. This is another one of those scotches that is easy to please everyone. For how safe and commercial the flavor of this is it's a mistake that it doesn't have a larger following
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nordicawe nordicawe (2) (2012-01-29)
Price in the Dallas area for this is $90. Might consider updating your estimated price of $50.
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