STRONACHIE 10 year old, 43%, rated at 94 points

Stronachie was a distillery that operated until 1928 with AD Rattray representing the brand in Scotland. AD Rattray have revived the name and from a sample of the original Stronachie that was distilled in 1904. They chose Benrinnes as the closest match for flavour. Benrinnes is owned by Diageo and is known as a first class distillery for producing malt whisky for blends. It is also the highest distillery in Scotland.


Nose: Soft honey, earthy heather and malty sweetness.

Palate: Smooth with luscious honey and biscuits, then lingering pepper and cereal notes.

Finish: A perfectly balanced and seductive dram.

Rated at 94 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015.:

n23: thin, nippy, malty but with a grainy harshness;
t24: rips into the throat, claws at the taste buds with a vicious maltiness;
f23: long, a slightly malty tang, some vague fruity notes but still bites and kicks and reaches its conclusion anything but sedately...;
b24: criously, utterly, bizarrely, has the fizz and bite of an old fashioned standard thin, if decently malted, blend of three decades ago. Complex, brain explodingly busy... and I absolutely love it...!


Independent review from WhiskyForEveryone:

Our tasting notes
The colour is pale golden yellow and the nose has a vibrant freshness. There is an initial pleasant mix of aromas with crisp green apple and earthy malted barley particularly prominent. Underneath are soft aromas of honey, tinned pears and vanilla, along with hints of ginger, burnt orange and something floral.

On the palate, this has a lovely viscous mouth coating feel. The initial notes are of distinct malted barley, which has an earthy and slightly dry and dusty edge to it, and honey. This honey note is very sweet to begin with and is more reminiscent of sugar syrup before tending more towards heather honey. The other characteristics are more subtle - there are notes of green apple (think of the slightly tart skins in particular, although this develops even further when left in the glass for 10-15 minutes), oatcake biscuits, candied lemons and cinnamon. Later there is an increasing earthy ginger note that develops to add depth and warmth.

This ginger-like warmth carries through to the finish and the combination with the honeyed sweetness and bittersweet malty cereals is very good. Some drying wood spices, especially cinnamon again, become more prominent and linger longest to create a nice balance.

What's the verdict?
This is a very good single malt from A. D. Rattray, especially when you consider the price and relative rarity. The lovely mix of robust malt, sweetness and fruitiness with more subtle notes is excellent. We also like the idea of trying to recreate a heritage whisky as closely as possible and the historical link of the brand with the company. This is definitely worth searching out if you've got a £30-35 budget and want to try something a bit different.

 From a review in Norway:

Nose: Spicy and fresh with notes of green apples, lemon and a slight hint of honey. Feels relatively young , but not necessarily in a bad way.

Taste: Soft, spicy with hints of honey, a little pepper and lots of lemon. Feels nutty and quite malty.

Finish: Very good and creamy finish. Emerge squeaky pepper notes in the finish.

Overall impression: Really nice and very affordable whisky (499 :-). I can really recommend this one!

Score 87/100

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